Celebrating the Freedom to Read
September 21-27, 2014
Artwork Courtesy of the American Library Association
Banned Books Week was launched in 1982. According to the American Library Association, more than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. There were 307 challenges reported to the office of Intellectual Freedom in 2013, and many more go unreported.
ALA’s 10 most challenged titles of 2013 were:
1. Captain Underpants (series) by Dan Pilkey
2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
4. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good For a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone
7. Looking for Alaska by John Green
8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
9. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
10. Bone (series) by Jeff Smith
Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all the people in the community that the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.
Celebrate the freedom that you have to read. Come to the library and ask for a challenged book!