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Banned Books Week

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Celebrate the Freedom to Read
September 24 - September 30

What if your favorite book was banned? Where would you hide it? How would you share it? Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It highlights the value of free and open access to information and 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.

To raise awareness about banned books and censorship and in celebration of our right to read, SCPL has hidden books all over Santa Cruz County for you to discover and share! Here's how it works: between Sunday, September 24 and Saturday, September 30th go in search of hidden books, keep an eye out for clues on SCPL's social media sites or at your local branch. When you locate a book, find out if it has ever been banned or challenged and share with us what you discover. Finally, read and share that book... Words have power!

The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

How else can you celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week?