Tuesday, September 23, 2014

It is Banned Books Week!!!

We are celebrating our right to read at the Robbins Library with catchy Banned Books Week displays featuring amazing books that have been banned or challenged!  

We live in a country that prides itself in it's citizens having freedom, so many people do not realize that books are being challenged or banned all the time in the United States.  Many people challenging materials thinking they are protecting others by getting rid of books that they believe are inappropriate for an age group or they do not think have value to them. Most of the time they have the best intentions with these challenged; the problem is that when a book is removed from a library or book store it means nobody has access to it.  The information is no longer available for people who may want or need.

It may seem weird to have displays highlighting books that people think of as inappropriate for others to read, but many of the challenged or banned books are popular, sometimes bestselling, titles.  Below is a list of challenged or banned books.

Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Perks of Being a Wallflower- by Stephen Chbosky
Bone (series) by Jeff Smith
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
I Hunt Killers by Berry Lyga
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
Intensely Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Twilight (series) by Stephanie Mayers
Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1984 by George Orwell
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Native Son by Richard Wright
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

There are plenty more books that have been challenged or banned, there is a whole display of them in the Teen Area.  I just wanted to highlight some titles that you have probably read or thought about reading. One of these books may even be a favorite of yours. You might not like, may even hate, some of the books on this list.  But imagine for a second what the world would be like if you didn't have access to any of the books on this list. Many challenged books are teen fiction titles, so imagine what the Teen Area would look like if these titles and many more weren't there.  Many paranormal books would probably be gone. Books that feature magic, violence, sex, drugs, swearing, lgbtq characters, and other unsavory topics would not be on the shelves.  Honestly, I don't think there would be much left.

You may be expecting me to ask you to do something to fight the good fight against banning books, but you have done your part by reading this post. If you appreciate your right to have access to any information you may need in your life, then you have done your duty. You don't have to read all or any of these books, just be happy that you could read them if you wanted to.

The American Library Association (ALA) website is a great resources for information about Banned Books Week (that's where I got the information used in this post).  Click here to learn more about Banned Book Week.

Happy Banned Books Week!!!

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