"Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read and spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. For more than 40 years, the annual event has brought together the entire book community — librarians, teachers, booksellers, publishers, writers, journalists, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular." (Banned books Week About)
Each year the American Library Association (ALA) decides upon a theme to highlight specific areas impacted by book bans. This year's theme "Let Freedom Read" works to highlight how when books are banned, people are closed off to people, places, and perspectives that help make them more developed and informed citizens.
“This is a dangerous time for readers and the public servants who provide access to reading materials. Readers, particularly students, are losing access to critical information, and librarians and teachers are under attack for doing their jobs.”
- Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom