Celebrate intellectual liberty during Banned Books Week
"Since 1990, the American Library Association (ALA) has recorded more than 10,000 book challenges. A challenge is a formal complaint requesting to remove a book from library shelves or a school's curriculum...Challenges are an attempt at censorship, and censorship denies our individual freedom to choose and think for ourselves.
However, thanks to librarians, teachers, parents, and students, most challenges are unsuccessful. So, books like I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, To Kill a Mockingbird, the Harry Potter series, John Green's novels, and Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Alice series remain available—as do different versions of the Bible and Koran."
- Kent Oliver, Nashville Public Library
Kent Oliver is Director of Nashville Public Library. He is a past chair of ALA's Intellectual Freedom Committee and past president of the Freedom to Read Foundation. Read the complete Op-Ed piece in the Tennessean.
Kickoff Event: Freedom Sings
Saturday, September 26, 2:00 pm
Main Library Auditorium
Freedom Sings is First Amendment Center's critically acclaimed multimedia experience featuring music that has been banned, censored or sounded a call for social change.
It's the inspiring story of free speech in America told through rock, pop, hip-hop and country music.
Fight censorship and come to this free concert!
View cast and information
Upcoming Banned Books Week Events
Enter the Shelfie Contest
Snap a "shelfie" of yourself reading your favorite banned book. Post pics on social media with the hashtag #NPLbannedbooks.
Participants will be entered into a drawing for an NPL Banned Books gift pack!
Winners announced on or around Monday, October 5, 2015.
To learn more about Banned Books Week, visit the American Library Association website.