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Banned Books Week is quickly approaching and cities around the U.S. are already participating in events to mark the occasion. Launched in 1982, Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read and raises awareness about censored books. This year, it is celebrated from Sept. 25 through Oct. 1.

This year, the D.C. Public Library is celebrating in a special way by hosting a scavenger hunt of challenged books that center around the theme of diversity. More than 400 of the once-banned books, which include “Slaughterhouse 5,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “A Separate Peace,” will be hidden around the city with a “Just Plain Filthy” covering.

Libraries around the city have been posting clues with #UncensoredDC on Twitter and if people are lucky enough to find one, they get to keep it. According to the Washington Post, each book will also have a cover that explains why the book had been challenged or banned. Bill Moyers has called censorship “the biggest enemy of truth.”

Twitter Shares Their “Uncensored” Books from Scavenger Hunt

Other events happening nationwide include discussions on banned books, pop-up exhibits and a read-out.

A Look Back at 2015’s Most Challenged Books

Last year’s most challenged books included “Looking for Alaska” by John Green, “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James, “I Am Jazz” by Jazz Jennings and “Fun Home” by Alison Bechdel. Some of the banned and challenged classics that have caused the most controversy over the years include:

  • “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger
  • “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
  • “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker
  • “1984” by George Orwell
  • “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller
  • “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley

How will you be celebrating Banned Books Week? Sound off in the comments section below!

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