Banned Books Week was started in 1982 in order to raise awareness of the issue of censorship. Attempts to ban books at libraries, schools, and bookstores are frequent. The American Library Association documented 1,269 demands to censor library books and resources in 2022, the highest number of attempted book bans since ALA began compiling data about censorship in libraries more than 20 years ago. Many of these books are available for you to check out at the Cuesta Library. Check one out and celebrate the freedom to read!