Banned Books Week 9/24/17 – 9/30/17

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Banned Books Week is from September 24th thru the 30th 2017.

Banned Books Week:

  • highlights the value of free and open access to information
  • brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types
    • in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular

A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group.

  • they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others
  • they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.

A banning is the removal of challenged materials.

Why are books banned or challenged?

Often challenges are motivated by a desire to protect children from “inappropriate” sexual content or “offensive” language. The following were the top three reasons cited for challenging materials as reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom:

  1. the material was considered to be “sexually explicit”
  2. the material contained “offensive language”
  3. the materials was “unsuited to any age group”

Free Access to Libraries for Minors, an interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights (ALA’s basic policy concerning access to information) states that, “Librarians and governing bodies should maintain that parents—and only parents—have the right and the responsibility to restrict the access of their children—and only their children—to library resources.” Censorship by librarians of constitutionally protected speech, whether for protection or for any other reason, violates the First Amendment.

These are the Top 10 Challenged Books by year:


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Challenges by Reasons:

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Challenges by Initiator:

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Challenges by Institution:

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Read a Challenged or Banned Book today!


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