About Banned Books Week
The Freedom to Read Foundation has been a sponsor of Banned Books Week since 2012. Started in 1982 to highlight the increase in challenges to books in libraries, schools, bookstores, and elsewhere, Banned Books Week is now a national—even international—celebration of the freedom to read.
The 2016 Banned Books Week: September 25 - October 1, 2016
BBW IDEAS! FREE WEBINAR
If you are tired of the same old displays and yellow caution tape? Want to engage your community with thoughtful programming and information about the freedom to read? Join ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom during this FREE WEBINAR to discover 50 ideas, tips, and resources to have a successful Banned Books Week.
WEBINAR INFO and registration
Wednesday, 8/10/2016 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
[ 2:00 PM (Eastern) 12:00 PM (Mountain) 11:00 AM (Pacific)]
Since 2010, FTRF has awarded grants via the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund for Banned Books Week Read-Outs and other events. More grant information is available here.
Banned Books Week 2015
Banned Books Week 2015 took place September 27–October 3. Young Adult books were the focus of the national campaign.
Banned Books Week 2014
Banned Books Week 2014 took place September 21–27. The primary emphasis will be on banned & challenged comics and graphic novels. For the fifth consecutive year, FTRF provided event grants via the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.
Past Banned Books Weeks
Banned Books Week 2013
Banned Books Week 2012
2012 marked the 30th Anniversary of Banned Books Week. It was also the first year FTRF was an official sponsor of Banned Books Week.
Banned Books Week 2011
Banned Books Week 2010