Banned Books Week at the library

It’s that time again – Banned Books Week!

Celebrate the freedom to read and recognize the history of American censorship this week. Visit the library and check out a banned book…you may be familiar with many of them, but have you read them all? Some books that have been contested as inappropriate, from elementary school to college, in public and academic libraries, may surprise you! They include, the Harry Potter series, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, and even A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein.

Check out this map to see which books have been recently contested in every state in America. Typically, books that deal with sex, violence, drug use are contested. Comic books have recently been a target for censorship, including Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, and In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak.

Learn more about Banned Books Week here.

Stop by the display by the library entrance to see some examples of banned or contested books that we have available for you to check out.


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