Banned Books Week, Sept 27 – Oct 3, 2020, is a celebration of the freedom to read and the resistance to censorship worldwide. This year’s theme is “Censorship is a Dead End. Find Your Freedom to Read.” Every year in the United States there are hundreds of requests across the country to remove books from libraries and schools. Alarmingly, the American Library Association reports that half of the most frequently challenged books were actually banned last year. Portland Community College (PCC) Library is a strong advocate of the principle of the freedom to read. Censorship of books prevents individuals from accessing the full range of viewpoints and perspectives so they can learn from them and draw their own conclusions about their merits. Top Ten Book Challenges (2019) The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom creates a yearly top 10 frequently challenged books. Find out which titles made the 2019 list in the video below, then check out one of these titles to read.