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Banned Books 2014

Celebrate the Freedom to Read during Banned Books Week 2014. 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 2013:
1. Captain Underpants (series), Dav Pilkey
• Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
2. The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
• Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
• In our collection at: LAW-Culp Collection (3rd Floor-Range 3A) PS3563.O8749B55 1994
3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie
• Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
4. Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James
• Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
5. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
• Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group


 

Banned Books Week 2013

Celebrate the Freedom to Read during Banned Books Week 2013. 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. Our new exhibit on the second floor highlights the top 5 most challenged books from 2012 and their authors’ reactions to making the list.

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Banned Books Exhibit

Celebrate the Freedom to Read during Banned Books Week. For 30 years, libraries, publishers, booksellers, journalists, teachers and readers have been coming together to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. Our new exhibit on the second floor highlights three recent book challenges and invites viewers to join the conversation.


 

Banned Books Exhibit

This exhibit features authors that have been recently challenged or banned, along with excerpts from some of the authors regarding their thoughts and perspectives on book banning and censorship. (2nd floor)

For more information about Banned Books Week see the American Library Association.