National Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is an annual event (Oct. 1-7) celebrating the freedom to read. The American Library Association works to defend each person's right to read under the First Amendment and ensure free access to information. ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) annually compiles a list of the Most Challenged Books. The lists are based on information from reports filed by library professionals and community members and from news stories published throughout the United States. Because many book challenges are not reported, the most challenged book lists and 2022 data compiled by ALA represent only a snapshot of book challenges.

ALA documented 1,269 demands to censor library books and resources in 2022, the highest number of attempted book bans since ALA began compiling data about censorship in libraries more than 20 years ago. The unparalleled number of reported book challenges in 2022 nearly doubles the 729 book challenges reported in 2021. 

Celebrate the Freedom to Read at the library:

Banned Book Totes - Sunday, October 1- Saturday, October 7: Create a cute tote bag in our STREAM Center at the Erlanger Branch. Appointments are required by calling 859.962.4331.

Banned Book Party - Thursday, Oct. 5, 5-7 p.m.: Celebrate banned books at the Erlanger Branch with games, storytime, prizes and crafts. We will have banned/challenged books available for checkout. 

Most Challenged Books in 2022


View Full List