The Cofrin Library celebrates Banned Books Week September 24th through October 1st. Check the links below to discover if you’ve read a banned book recently.

“Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year. Observed since 1982, the annual event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.” –American Library Association

The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–20001

The Modern Library’s Best 100 Novels of the Twentieth Century

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”–Benjamin Franklin