What do To Kill a Mockingbird, The Chocolate War and the Harry Potter series have in common? They are all on the list of the most frequently challenged or banned books from 1990-1999.
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the First Amendment. Banned books have been been targets of attempted bannings. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. Due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection.
This year libraries are celebrating Banned Books Week from September 26 – October 3 to draw attention to the books and empower readers to exercise their First Amendment rights by reading them. Stop by the Library this week to take a look at some of the banned books in our collection – you may be surprised by some of the titles!
More information can be found on these sites:
- The American Libraries Association’s information gateway on Banned Books Week
- Links to lists of Banned Books by decade, author and year from the American Libraries Association
- Blog on Banned Books, Freedom of Expression and Other Forms of Censorship
- Freedom to Read Foundation
- National Coalition Against Censorship