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. Since then, thousands of individuals and institutions across the United States have participated in Banned Books Week, and it has grown into a premier literary event and a national awareness and advocacy campaign around censorship. More than 11,300 books have been challenged over the past 30 years, according to the ALA.
In honor of the 30th anniversary, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom established a 50 State Salute to Banned Books Week in coordination with ALA Chapters. The 50 State Salute consists of videos on how each state celebrates the freedom to read.