Words Have Power - Read a Banned Book!

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association

Every year there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from library, school and bookstore shelves because of content. Here at Fairfax County Public Library, we celebrate the librarians and others who stand up to these challenges and fight for your freedom to read, especially during this week of Banned Book Week.

We agree with the American Library Association (ALA) about losing access to books with disputed ideas or characters: "That’s thousands of lost opportunities to explore ideas that fuel understanding. Words have power and access to diverse ideas makes all of us more powerful."

Curious how many books and what titles are challenged for which reasons? This infographic from the ALA breaks it down:

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association

September is also library card sign up month. If you don't have one, you can apply for one online and pick it up at your local library branch. You'll find many displays honoring banned books this week. Celebrate with us and fight for the freedom to read by checking out some of the titles you find.  

-Ginger Hawkins, Patrick Henry Library

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