Banned Books Week and Public Library Challenges in Colorado
The upcoming Banned Books Week, from September 30-October 6, 2012, marks the 30th anniversary of this annual collaboration between librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and all types of readers. ALA and other organizations in these fields use this week to draw attention to issues of censorship and celebrate freedom of ideas by focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books.
In Colorado, 60 items were challenged in our public libraries in 2011. Our new Fast Facts report, Challenged Materials in Colorado Public Libraries, 2011, gives more details on the types of items that were challenged (more religious books than ever before) and the results (just one book was removed from collections).