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Happy Banned Books Week!

In honor of Banned Books Week 2021, we are inviting everyone to share their favorite banned book. Want to participate? Here's how you can get in on the fun (hint, it's easy):

  1. Send an email to with a quick selfie holding your favorite banned book - or if you only have a digital copy, use your imagination here. You can also post to your socials and tag us (IG @riaclu; FB @riaclu; Twitter @riaclu).
  2. Answer the question – “What's your favorite banned book and why?” (50-150 words ish - like a caption)

As submissions come in, we'll add them to our "We Read Banned Books" page and share some to our socials during the week!

What is Banned Books Week?

Banned Books Week is an annual event started by the American Library Association (ALA) in 1982. This week-long event, held during the last week of September, raises awareness of freedom of speech by celebrating banned books and free expression.

Why does the ACLU defend the freedom to read?

The ACLU is dedicated to free speech and free expression. When a small group of individuals tries to keep the rest of society from reading a book, viewing a painting, or voicing their opinions, they undermine the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.