Tenley-Friendship Library Celebrates Banned Book Week

Tenley-Friendship Library

Tenley-Friendship Library Celebrates Banned Book Week

Check out the top 10 most frequently challenged books of 2013

Banned Books Week
Banned Books Week, Sept. 21 – 27, 2014, reminds all of us about the importance of preventing censorship and ensuring everyone’s freedom to read any book they choose. 
 
According to the American Library Association, (ALA) hundreds of reported attempts to ban books every year in the United States. Since 1990, AlA's Office for Intellectual Freedom has received reports of more than 18,000 attempts to remove materials in schools and libraries for content deemed by some as inappropriate, controversial or even dangerous.
 
“Our most basic freedom in a democratic society is our first amendment right of the freedom to read,” said ALA President Courtney Young. “Banned Books Week is an opportunity for all of us – community residents, librarians, authors, and educators – to stand together protecting this fundamental right for everyone and for future generations. We can never take this precious right for granted.”

The Tenley-Friendship Library is celebrating the week with book displays, a banned book film festival, and its Young Prose Book Meetup
 

The Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2013.  

  • Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey. Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  • Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James. Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  • A Bad Boy Can be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone. Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green. Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  • Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya. Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  • Bone (series) by Jeff Smith. Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence