Next week is Banned Books Week in the U.S. (Canada has a Freedom to Read Week in February.) The event was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. During the last week of September every year, hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events.
Check out some of the books that have been banned in recent years here then go to your library and check them out for real.
This is a monument in the Bebelplatz, Berlin, the site of a Nazi bookburning ceremony in May 1933.
More than 20,000 books were burned.