Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of the freedom to read what you please. The event was started in 1982, when the number of challenges to books assigned in schools or kept on the shelves of public libraries soared. The week brings together the entire community of book lovers—librarians, booksellers, teachers, readers, and publishers—in support of freedom of expression. This year the celebration is happening next week, from Sept. 23 to 29. The theme is “Banning Books Silences Stories” and highlights the importance of making diverse stories available to all.