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National Banned Books Week

Challenging the Challenges

The ALA has a list of 16 ways you can fight book banning in your community and across the United States!

Banned? Not at Emerson!

Find 5 of the top most challenged books here at the Iwasaki Library! Click on the image and follow the link to see how you can borrow each item, whether it's an e-book, a print copy or a DVD of the movie!

We Read Banned Books @ Iwasaki Library

For over 40 years, the American Library Association(ALA), libraries, schools and book professionals across the country have celebrated Banned Books Week in order to raise awareness about censorship and book banning. ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom "documented 1,269 demands to censor library books and resources in 2022, the highest number of attempted book bans since ALA began compiling data about censorship in libraries more than 20 years ago."

The Iwasaki Library is excited to celebrate Banned Books Week. Use this guide to find your favorite banned or challenged books to borrow from the Iwasaki Library, learn more about the censorship crisis in the nation, and discover action you can take to support everyone's Freedom To Read!

Top Most Challenged Books



Top 13 Most Challenged Books

This year, 13 books topped the list of challenged and
banned books in the United States. Click the photo to
learn more about these books and why they were


Censorship in America By The Numbers