Each year, the West Des Moines Public Library celebrates Banned Books Week to honor the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types come together during this week to support the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
For more information, visit the American Library Association's website https://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks.
View our compiled lists of banned and challenged books below, and be sure to stop in to the library to see our celebration around the building.