Alexandria Library Celebrates the Freedom to Read September 30 - October 6Read a banned book today

Sweeping across the nation, libraries this week celebrate the freedom to read and heighten awareness about censored books for Banned Books Week, which takes place annually September 30 through October 6.  Books are challenged by members of the public for a variety of reasons, in an attempt to limit them from library shelves.  However, in keeping in line with the country's First Amendment freedoms, the American Library Association encourages the free access of information, and works on behalf of libraries to curb restrictions. Find out more about why books are banned or challenged.


To pique your curiosity about banned books, Alexandria Library has created an online selected booklist for you to peruse.  Also in celebrating the freedom to read, our Kate Waller Barrett Branch will highlight banned books that you can check out.  Beatley Central Library will have a designated shelf and will participate in Virtual Read Out Loud, a banned book reading by our very own Youth's Services Manager, Joy Oliver.