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Banned Books Week – Take the Challenge

diversity-banner-website-780x300-v1Did you read the Harry Potter books? Thank a librarian.

Did you enjoy Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn? Thank a librarian.

What about books by Ray Bradbury, Judy Blume, Stephen King, J. D. Salinger, and Toni Morrison? Their books can be found on library shelves because librarians support your right to read what you choose.

The Challenge

Browse the stacks of the BSC Library to find books whose spines have been covered with a BANNED BOOK label. You may be surprised to find that some of your favorite books have been challenged.

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It’s Banned Books Week!

What are you reading? 

Banned Books Week, September 27 – October 3, 2015

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Read Whatever You Want!

BBW bannerBanned Books Week – September 27 – October 3, 2015 

An annual celebration of the freedom to read

According to ALA (American Library Association), “more than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 … 311 challenges [were] reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom in 2014, and many more go unreported.”

10 Most Challenged Titles of 2014 

  1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie (2008 BSC Campus Read selection)
  2. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (2009 BSC Campus Read selection)
  3. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  4. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  5. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
  6. Saga by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  7. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  9. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
  10. Drama by Raina Telgemeier

For more info, visit ALA’s frequently challenged books, including its top ten most frequently challenged books lists since 2001.

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association

Banned Books Week – 10 Most Challenged Titles of 2012

ReadabannedbookBanned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. The 2013 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 22-28.

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982.


According to the American Library Association, there were 464 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2012, and many more go unreported. The 10 most challenged titles of 2012 were:

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 [Note: BSC Campus Read selection in 2008]
Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

3. Thirteen Reasons 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

Banned Books Week – September 22-28, 2013

Banned Books Week 2013

Attempts to ban books still continue.

  • On September 16, the County Board of Education voted to remove Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison from the library shelves of schools in Randolph County, North Carolina.
  • On September 11, the Ohio Board of Education President Debe Terhar said she  wants all mentions of the Toni Morrison novel The Bluest Eye removed from state guidelines for schools teaching to the new Common Core academic standards.

Banned Books Week stresses the importance of preventing censorship and ensuring everyone’s freedom to read any book, no matter how unorthodox or unpopular.”

Celebrate your right to read.

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Read Out!

“There are worse crimes than burning books.  One of them is not reading them.” — Joseph Brodsky

A small but mighty crowd attended yesterday’s Read Out! for Banned Books Week.  Guest readers included:

  • Mercer Sage read from The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Breann Harm read from Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Amanda Humann read from Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  • Julie Perkins read from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Kalyn Retterath read from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Dan Rogers read from The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
  • AnnMarie Kajencki shared tidbits from these children’s books: Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, and Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

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Read Out! and Books & Beyond – Wednesday, October 3

As if you didn’t already have enough reasons to come to the Library, here are two more!

Read Out! for Banned Books Week

Wednesday, October 3 – 12 noon to 1 p.m.

Student and faculty guest readers will read from books that have been banned or challenged

Books & Beyond: eBooks

Wednesday, October 3 – 3-4 p.m. – BSC Library Lab 101H

Learn about the Library’s eBook collections and how to download eBooks & eAudiobooks to your devices

There’s Something for Everyone @ BSC Library!