Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read will once again be observed in the Todd Library the last week of September. This annual American Library Association event reminds Americans to not take our freedom to read for granted. Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. Launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries, more than one thousand books have been challenged since its inception. 2009 marks its 27th anniversary (September 26 through October 3). Dare to visit the Todd Library to check out a banned book!