banned books week


Censorship of books puts West Virginia students at a disadvantage

BY: - October 5, 2023

It’s tempting to think of the so-called Kanawha Textbook Wars as a relic from the past, but this Banned Books Week, we should ask ourselves just how far we’ve come since 1974.  That year, pro-censorship forces descended on the Kanawha Valley to gin up outrage over multicultural textbooks in public schools. Buses were shot, the […]

First Amendment advocates fight growing number of U.S. book bans

BY: - October 5, 2023

WASHINGTON — One of Thomasina Brown’s favorite books is a memoir about a girl who deals with the grief of losing her father and struggles with her sexual identity. Brown, a 16-year-old student at Nixa High School in Nixa, Missouri, said in an interview that she felt a connection with the book, as she grieved […]

Attempts to restrict library materials increased this year, data shows

BY: - October 3, 2023

Preliminary data from the American Library Association indicates an increase in the number of attempts to ban books and library services nationwide. Oct. 1 through 7 marks Banned Book Week, which celebrates freedom to read and spotlights attempts to censor library materials.  According to the American Library Association, from January through August this year, 695 […]