Hundreds of books are removed or challenged in schools and libraries in the United States every year. According to the ALA, there were at least 326 in 2011. ALA estimates that 70 to 80 percent are never reported.
Since the inception of Banned Books Week in 1982, libraries and bookstores throughout the country have staged local read-outs—a continuous reading of banned/challenged books—as part of their activities.
Enjoy the following slideshow of Albright College faculty, students, and staff taking part in the Banned Books Read-Out. We thank all of our participants and everyone who came to listen and enjoy the free pretzels!