Since it was founded in 1982, Banned Books Week has highlighted the value of free and open access to information by drawing attention to the attemps to remove books and other materials from libraries, schools, and bookstores.

Books usually are challenged with the best intentions — to protect others, frequently children, from difficult ideas and information.  Censorship can be subtle, almost imperceptible, as well as blatant and overt, but nonetheless, harmful.  — American Library Association

“Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions.  It is the one un-American act that  could most easily defeat us.”Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas