Celebrate Banned Books Week

We're celebrating the freedom to read during Banned Books Week September 23- 29 highlighting books challenged or banned here and in other states around the country. Spending a week highlighting the value of free and open access to information, Banned Books Week brings 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 and drawing national attention to the harms of censorship. 

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries.Books can be challenged - a formal process wherein an individual or group questions the access or use of a particular title; or banned - where they are removed from a public book collection and no longer permitted to be taught or circulated. Classics and popular books alike are challenged or banned for a variety of reasons, from language to content. Check out this list from the American Library Association to see if any of your favorite titles made the top ten list this year (out of 416!). 

Monday, September 24th at 5:30pm - Join Country Bookshelf, Bozeman Public Library, MSU Library, MSU Bookstore, ACLU Montana, at MAP Brewing to for a trivia contest to benefit the Freedom to Read Foundation which protects and defends the First Amendment to the Constitution and supports the right of libraries to collect - and individuals to access - information. 50 cents from every beer goes to support Freedom to Read Foundations work.