Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge
The Banned Books Week Coalition is a national alliance of diverse organizations joined by a commitment to increase awareness of the annual celebration of the freedom to read. The Coalition seeks to engage
various communities and inspire participation in Banned Books Week through education, advocacy, and the creation of programming about the problem of book censorship.
The 2016 celebration will be held September 25-October 1.
A series of events are held in honor of Banned Books week in libraries, bookstores and though online webinars (some can be found below). Follow these link to see some interesting events being held in New York City:
Also, to get an understanding of what kinds of books do get banned or challenged, take a look at this link listing the top ten banned or challenged books in 2015.