Getting your Evanston news from Facebook? Try the Evanston RoundTable’s free daily and weekend email newsletters – sign up now!

Banned Books Week, an annual event during the last week of September, celebrates the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Observed since 1982, Banned Books Week reminds Americans not to take the freedom to read for granted.

Banned Books Week draws attention to the harm of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted restriction of access to books across the United States.

In celebration of Banned Books Week, City Lit Theater Company will perform excerpts from these 10 books from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 27 in the Teen Loft of the Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. The event is free and open to teens.

The ALA releases a list each year of the top ten most frequently challenged books
as reported to their Office of Intellectual Freedom.

This year⁳ list is:

1. “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie2. “Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi3.” And Tango Makes Three” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell4. “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison5. “It’s Perfectly Normal” by Robie Harris6. “Saga” by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples7. “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini8. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky9. “A Stolen Life” Jaycee Dugard10. “Drama” by Raina Telgemeier