Founded in 1982, Banned Books Week is celebrated annually during the last week in September. The event acknowledges Americans’ right to read the books of their choice regardless of whether the ideas, language, or images are controversial. This annual observance of banned books is a good opportunity to explore the difference between a book being banned and a book being challenged. A challenge questions the appropriateness of a book for inclusion in a library’s collection and is an attempt to remove or restrict access to the book based on personal objections of an individual or group. If the challenge is successful, the book is banned [removed from the library’s collection] or restricted in some manner [i.e., minors must have written parental permission to check out the book]. Most of the books highlighted during Banned Books Week have been challenged but not banned.
Adams, H. R. (2009). Banned Books Week: Just the Beginning. School Library Monthly, 26(1), 48–49.