Madison Public Library is celebrating Banned Books Week from September 18-24, 2022. Banned Books Week is an annual event that highlights the benefits of unrestricted reading and draws attention to censorship attempts. The American Library Association reported 729 challenges to library, school and university materials and services in 2021, resulting in more than 1,597 individual book challenges or removals. This represents the highest number of attempted book bans since ALA began compiling these lists 20 years ago. Most targeted books were for a teen audience and were by or about Black or LGBTQIA+ persons. Read more about Banned Books Week.
Be part of the right to read by:
- Checking out our banned book displays at our library locations
- Browsing and checking out banned books. Two of our librarians put together a Banned and Challenged Book List for kids and teens.
- Watching a Wisconsin Book Festival interview with Azar Nafisi on her book Read Dangerously
- The Wisconsin Digital Library made a collection of banned books available online. Check out the collection and read eBooks and audiobooks during banned books week.
We will also have a MAD Matches event happening on social media on September 24 and 25. Leave the title of your favorite banned or challenged book in the comments and our reference librarians will find a read-alike for you! *We will respond to all comments left on September 24 or 25 within the week.