Thousands of books have been challenged in American public libraries and schools since Banned Books Week was established the last week of September back in 1982. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group whereas a banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve the expresstion of a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. But who exactly wants to do all this banning and why? My pal Sarah Murphy, a school librarian and co-founder (with Maria Falgoust) of the Desk Set, writes, “Those who attempt to ban books are probably afraid of whatever is inside. So, what are they most afraid of? Judging from the dangers cited this year, it’s sex… Let’s celebrate our freedom to read by checking out the books that got the would-be book banners’ totally chaste knickers in a knot.” Check out her reccommendations via Flavorpill’s 9/26 article, 10 Fantastic Banned Books That Talk About Sex!