Map of Forbidden Books 2019

A Map of Forbidden Books in 2019 by Brendan Brown

For almost as long we’ve been writing, governments and religious groups have attempted to censor what we read.

In 35 AD, Homer’s The Odyssey was banned by the Roman emperor Caligula because it contained dangerous ideas about freedom. The contents of the famed library in Alexandria were used as fuel for the public baths in 640 AD. And Pope Paul IV published one of the first book ban lists with his Index of Prohibited Books in 1559, a list that was updated until 1948.

Think that book banning has been consigned to history? Sigh. Books are still being censored today. Keep reading ….

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.

For more information, visit http://www.ala.org/bbooks/

 

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 Read Out – September 28

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” — Ray Bradbury 

Celebrate Your Freedom to Read
Banned Books Week 2011
Read Out!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Noon to 1 p.m.
BSC Library

Join us for readings by Dan Rogers’ Oral Interpretation class and other guest readers from books that have been banned or challenged.

Banned Books Week
September 24 – October 1, 2011