Banned Books Week begins Saturday, September 24. Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,000 books have been challenged since 1982. Believe it or not, among the ten most challenged books in 2010 were Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley and Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich. Celebrate the freedom to read by reading a banned book this week; you'll have plenty of great books to choose from!