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Banned Books Week: 2017

Banned Books Week at SU Logan Library


What it's about:

Banned Books Week Sept. 24-30, 2017 

"Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. 

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. There were 311 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2014, and many more go unreported."

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Banned Book Myths

Banned Books Lists

Banned Books that Shaped America - Taken from the Library of Congress' exhibit of Books that Shaped America, this list takes a look at influential American works that have been banned or challenged. 

Top Ten 2016 - Each year the Office for Intellectual Freedom and the American Library Association (ALA) records all challenges and bans of literature in public spaces and compiles a list of titles ranked by the frequency of reported challenges. Last year's most banned book was This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, often challenged for portraying LGBT characters and content deemed "sexually explicit" by its critics. 

Most Controversial Books in the World - This infographic presentation takes a look at some of the most famously banned books and the reasons that censors found them so troubling. 

100 Most Frequently Challenged Books by Decade - An expansion of ALA's yearly list, this resource examines banning trends by decade. Take a look, are there any books that were banned in the 90's that wouldn't be censored today?

The Long History of Censorship - Book banning is not a new phenomenon, this article explores how governments, churches, publishers, and even the postal service have played a role in censoring texts through the ages. 

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