Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. The celebration is typically held during the last week of September, and it is meant to draw national attention to the harms of censorship. Even though books continue to be banned, part of the celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, many of the books have remained available.
"Among all classes of people, do you think?"
"Then you mean to say," persisted the reporter, "that the principal portion of the reading public of New York is composed of novel readers."
"That is it exactly, so far as library patrons are concerned," replied the librarian.
—The New York Times, January 22, 1882