Fant Memorial Library joins libraries, schools, and organizations nationwide in celebrating the Freedom to Read and Intellectual Freedom by hosting public events dedicated to books that have been challenged or banned. About Banned Books Week (care of BannedBooksWeek.org): Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating 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. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.