Banned Books Week

Celebrate the Freedom to Read during Banned Books Week September 27th – October 3rd 2015. For over 30 years libraries, publishers, booksellers, journalists, teachers and readers have been coming together during Banned Book Week to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The American Library Association compiles a yearly list of the most frequently challenged books.

The top five most challenged books for 2014:
1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
• Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence. Additional reasons: “depictions of bullying”
• Available in the Lemieux Library collection 5th Floor-Books PS3551 .L35774 A78 2007
2. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
• Reasons: gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint. Additional reasons: “politically, racially, and socially offensive,” “graphic depictions”
• Available in the Lemieux Library collection 4th Floor-Books PN6747 .S245 P4713 2003
3. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
• Reasons: Anti-family, homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “promotes the homosexual agenda”
4. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
• Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
• Available in our collection LAW-Culp Collection (3rd Floor-Range 3A) PS3563.O8749B55 1994
5. It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health by Robie Harris
• Reasons: Nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group. Additional reasons: “ it’s child pornography”