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Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read and spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. For 40 years, the annual event has brought together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.
Maggie Steuer a student obtaining her master's degree in children's literature at Kansas State University and a Sigma Tau Delta fraternity member, discussed the history behind Banned Books Week on Wildcat 91.9, and what events are open to the public during the week around K-State.
The sponsors of Banned Books Week at K-State are the department of English, K-State Libraries, Sigma Tau Delta and the Children's and Adolescent Literature Community student organization.
Read more about the events happening at K-State for Banned Books Week:
Learn more about Banned & Challenged books from a website of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom: