Banned Books Week: Sept 28-Oct 2, 2015
Banned Books Week promotes awareness of challenges
to library books and materials and celebrates freedom of speech.
Freedom of expression—the right to say and read as we choose—is most important when the thoughts expressed are unpopular, disturbing, or unorthodox. Differing points of view should be available for anyone who wishes to read them, and no one should be able to control what other people may read.
Banned Books Week is an opportunity for libraries to promote awareness of frequently banned and challenged books. To highlight the many books that have been challenged in our country you will see brown-wrapped books scattered around, labeled with the titles and reasons why someone objected to them and didn't want you to be able to read them. Displays in the library provide more information of the history of challenged and banned books. Be sure to "Like" our Facebook page to see photos and lots more information!
Some of the most frequently challenged books.
Out of 464 challenges as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom
#1. Captain Underpants (series),by Dav Pilkey. (Reasons: offensive language, unsuited for age group)
#2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. (Reasons: offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group)
#3. Th1rteen R3asons Why, by Jay Asher. (Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group)
#4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James. (Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit)
#5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. (Reasons: homosexuality, unsuited for age group)
#6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. (Reasons: homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit)
#7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green. (Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group)
#8. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz (Reasons: unsuited for age group, violence)
#9.The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls (Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit)
#10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison (Reasons: sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence)