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Banned books and the impact on our society

Banned Books Week brings awareness to challenged and banned books


A “Banned Books Week” display, highlighting books that have been banned by governments and school districts, was among the displays removed last week from the Huntsville Public Library.


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Forty years ago, a surge of banned books led to the creation of Banned Books Week, and now with a rise in challenged books across the country, is history repeating itself?

In recent news, Texas has become the state with the most banned books in the entire country after a series of bans in several school districts.

With these events, Banned Books Week couldn't have come at a more appropriate time, with it's theme this year being "Books Unite Us, Censorship Divides Us."

Our panel of guests discuss the history of banning books, the motivations behind bans and how they've shifted over the years, and the impact it has on our society.



Andrew Albanese

  • Senior Writer for Publishers Weekly

Deborah Caldwell-Stone

  • Director of the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom

Amber Seely

  • Division Director of Collections and Technical Services at Harris County Public Library

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