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Banned Books: Freedom to Read & Think

Banned Books Week 2014 Poster

Celebrate the Right to Read and Think Freely!

Wednesday, September 30th 2015; Student Lounge: 4:30-5:30

 Banned Books Week is September 27th- October, 3rd 2015.



These links take to you relevant and important information on Bannerd Books

Freedom To Read Statement Today

Concerned about threats to free communication of ideas, more than thirty librarians, publishers, and other conferred at Rye, New York, May2-3, 1953. A committee was appointed to prepare a statement to be made public. This was endorsed officially by the American Library Association Council on June 25, 1953, and subsequently  by the American Book Publishers Council (ABPC), American Book Sellers Association, Book Manufacterer's Institute, and other national groups. In the light of later developments, a somewhat revised version was prepared after much consultation, and was approved in 1972 by the ALA Council, Association of American Publishers (successor to ABPC and American Educational Publishers Institute), and subsequently by many other book industry, communications, educational, cultural, and public service organizations. The statement was revised in 1991, 2000, and 2004

Source: American Library Association,

Yearly Lists of Challenged and/or Banned Books

These brochures list books challenged, restricted, removed, or banned in that year as reported in the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom. Click on the links below to download a PDF of each list from 2004 to the current year.  Access this growing list (maintained since 2004):

Take some time to read these books!

Key Messages

  • Libraries provide ideas and information across the spectrum of social and political viewpoints.
  • Libraries are one of our great democratic institutions.
  • Parents are responsible for supervising their own children's library use.

Top Ten Banned Books: 2014

  • 1) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    • Reasons: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence. Additional reasons: “depictions of bullying”
  • 2) Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
    • Reasons: gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint. Additional reasons: “politically, racially, and socially offensive,” “graphic depictions”
  • 3)  And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
    • Reasons: Anti-family, homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “promotes the homosexual agenda”
  • 4)  The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
    • Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “contains controversial issues”
  • 5) It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
    • Reasons: Nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group. Additional reasons: “alleges it child pornography”
  • 6) Saga, by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
    • Reasons: Anti-Family, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group. Additional reasons:
  • 7) The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
    • Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited to age group, violence
  • 8) The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
    • Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “date rape and masturbation”
  • 9) A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard
    • Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group
  • 10)  Drama, by Raina Telgemeier
    • Reasons: sexually explicit:

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