Banned Books Read Out – September 28

The BSC Library will observe Banned Books Week with a Read Out at the BSC Library on September 28.   We’ll post more details as we get closer to the date.

In the meantime, consider reading a banned book or two … you’ll find books of all kinds on the lists of frequently challenged books maintained by ALA (American Library Association).  In fact, you may be very surprised by what has been banned over the years and the reasons why.

Book banning happens often.   In fact, here’s a story posted just last week:  two books were removed from the high school library in Republic, Missouri.


4 responses to this post.

  1. Consider not misleading your patrons. In truth, no books have been banned in the USA for about half a century. Sadly, the American Library Association uses “Banned Books Week” to promote its agenda that has little to do with banned books. That’s why some call it National Hogwash Week. See

    Now, if only Bismarck State College Library would not mislead its own patrons by promoting uncritically the ALA’s BBW. BSCLibraryStaff said, “Book banning happens often.” That’s just plain false, if you are referring to the USA, which you are.


  2. Regarding the books challenged in Republic, Missouri high school– I really like the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, so I am glad they were able to keep it on the shelves. I haven’t read Twenty Boy Summer, so I’ll have to add it to my list!



    “One of the first to ban it was a North Dakota school district that, in 1973, gathered up its 32 copies and fed them to the coal furnace.”
    (Thanks to Zach P. for this.)


  4. Posted by Marlene Anderson on August 10, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Book banning does happen in these United States and it happens in our own state (North Dakota). Here’s a story from 2009:

    “On January 15, 2009, in a 4-3 split decision, the Beulah (North Dakota) School Board removed the book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” by John Berendt from the Beulah High School Library. Midnight had never been banned from any public library collection before. The decision was later reversed and the book went back on the high school library’s shelves.” For the full story, go to:

    This controvery was widely reported in North Dakota newspapers, e.g., The Bismarck Tribune, Fargo Forum, and others, at the time. Author John Berendt also visited North Dakota and was the keynote speaker at our September 2009 NDLA (North Dakota Library Association) conference in Dickinson. You can find reports about his visit and his presentation in newspapers as well.

    These are facts. Check them out!


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