Banned Books Week, October 1–7, 2023

Since 1982, libraries across the United States have observed Banned Books Week, a time to highlight titles that have been targeted for removal from schools and libraries. 

Unfortunately, over the past several years, there has been an alarming increase in book bans and challenges across the country. The American Library Association (ALA) reported that last year, the United States saw the highest number of attempted book bans since they started keeping records more than 20 years ago. Preliminary ALA data for 2023 shows we are again on track for a record number of censorship attempts, including a higher number of challenges to public libraries. The majority of the banned or challenged books are for young people and feature LGBTQ+ voices and people of color.

The New York Public Library observes Banned Books Week every year, taking the opportunity to elevate and amplify these stories, voices, and titles that censorship attempts to repress. Join us in this effort and show your support for the freedom to read: check out key highlights happening this October, plus how you can get involved all year long.