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Celebrate Banned Book Week

The American Library Association promotes the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one's opinions even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular, and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those viewpoints to all who wish to read them.


Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.



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Recently Banned

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Top 10 Banned Book List by Year

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie
Call Number: North-3rd PS3551.L35774 A27 2009
ISBN: 9780316013697
Listed as number 1 on ALA's Banned Book List for 2014

Crime: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence. Additional reasons: “depictions of bullying”

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
ISBN: 9781451696202
Listed as number 8 on the ALA's Banned Book List for 2014

Crime: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “date rape and masturbation”

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Bless Me, Ultima - Rudolfo Anaya
Call Number: North-3rd PS3551.N27 B5 1994
ISBN: 0892290021
Listed as number 9 on ALA's Banned Book List for 2013

Crime: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit


Frequently Challenged Books



The ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) receives reports from

  • libraries
  • schools
  • the media

on attempts to ban books in communities across the country.


They compile lists of challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship efforts that affect libraries and schools.


Banned Classics

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Banned and Challenged Classics

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Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
Call Number: North-3rd PS3527.A15 L6
ISBN: 0679410430
•Banned as obscene in France (1956-1959), in England (1955-59), in Argentina (1959), and in New Zealand (1960).

Crime: themes of pedophilia and incest

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Ulysses - James Joyce
Call Number: North-3rd PR6019.O9 U4 1961
ISBN: 0679600116
•Burned in the U.S. (1918), Ireland (1922), Canada (1922), England (1923) and banned in England (1929).
Throughout the 1920s, the United States Post Office Department burned copies of the novel.

Crime: explicit sexual content

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The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger
Call Number: North-3rd PS3537.A426 C3 2001
ISBN: 0316769177
Since its publication, this title has been a favorite target of censors.

•In 1960, a teacher in Tulsa, OK was fired for assigning the book to an eleventh grade English class. The teacher appealed and was reinstated by the school board, but the book was removed from use in the school.

•Removed by a Dorchester District 2 school board member in Summerville, SC (2001) because it "is a filthy, filthy book."

Crime: excess vulgar language, sexual scenes, things concerning moral issues, excessive violence


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