Get Ready for Banned Book Week


Megan Streeter, Writer, Editor

Welcome to Darien High School’s celebration of Banned Books Week!

Since its establishment in the 1980’s, this event has taken place the last week of September to focus on banned books –  raising awareness and combating censorship. Organized in part by the American Library Association, the event works to bring 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”.

In the spirit of doing our part for the book community, Neirad will be releasing a new article every day of the week focusing on a different banned book. Stay tuned for a closer look into why books are banned, where they are challenged, and how restricting our reading negatively affects the literary community. In the words of the ALA, “Censorship leaves us in the dark. Keep the light on.”

Visit the American Library Association for access to free resources, information on banned books, and a detailed history of censorship in America.