banned books week

Watch a Banned Book today!

September 25, 2016-October 1, 2016 is Banned and Challenged Books Week. 

It is no surprise that many of these titles are well loved by many, and have been made into great films.  This list includes classic literature, children’s books and contemporary fiction titles. Treat yourself to a movie based on a banned or challenged book today!

There are many more movies based on banned books. Which one is your favorite?

The Great Gatsby In 1920s Long Island, a mysterious American millionaire's efforts to recapture the sweetheart of his youth result in tragedy.  There are two great versions of this film.  One released in 2013, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, and one released in 1974, starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow.

Book Hunters in Brief #144: Banned Books Week 2016

Why do people ban books? Lots of reasons. But really, they all boil down to one reason: difference. Difference in opinion, in world view, in creed, in sexual orientation, and, yes, in views on race and ethnicity.

For Banned Book Week 2016, Book Hunters say celebrate the freedom to read by celebrating difference!

For Kids
George by Alex Gino
The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter

Book Hunters in Brief #40: Banned Books Week 2014 - Graphic Novels

In Brief #40 GraphicHarris County Public Library and Book Hunters support your right to read what you want to read. The free exchange of knowledge is one of the foundations of this nation. To understand why, you need only look at a history book. The accepted idea and the unquestioned notion often turn out to be wrong for any number of reasons. What you read may not be to another person's liking, and vice versa, but both of you have the right to make up your own mind. 

Banned Books Week 2014 highlights Graphic Novels

Banned Books Week is September 21 through September 27 and this year it highlights challenged graphic novels. What is Banned Books Week? It is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Over the years, a variety of books have been challenged including graphic novels.

The Life of a Book

 Where the Wild Things Are , by Maurice Sendak, was one of my favorite books as a child. Not only did I love the story, but I found the illustrations to be magical. 

Libraries are not only a great place for the newest books, but they also provide an opportunity for us to experience and discover classics, such as this. 

In 1964, Where the Wild Things Are, won the Randolph Caldecott Medal. This award is named in honor of nineteenth century English illustrator, Randolph Caldecott, and is awarded annually to the illustrator of the most distinguished picture book for children. It is sponsored by the Association of Library Service to Children a division of the American Library Association.

Celebrate the Freedom to Read with Audios

Every year, book communities across the nation get together to celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week. Created in 1982, Banned Books Week aims to create a discussion about censorship and the value of free, open access to information. For more information, check out Banned Books Week and the American Library Association.

Banned Books Week 30th Anniversary

Stop by our Young Adult Department to see the comprehensive "Banned Books" Display created by our YA Librarian, Leanne Posey.  Any patron who checks out a "banned book" is eligible to win a prize, a gift certificate for Barnes & Noble! Just fill out the entry form and submit it when you check out at the Circulation Desk. 

Canaries in the Coal Mine: Banned Books Week, September 24 - October 1

ALA Banned Books Week 2011 LogoEven as you read this, some nameless canary is sitting alone at a keyboard pecking away at one or another of your dearly-held and unquestioned truths. With time and because of that canary's work, that truth will be shown to be false. And you will be better for it. We all will.

Free the books! Free the books!

Captain UnderpantsBanned Books Week is an American Library Association recognized week to battle censorship and celebrate our freedom to read. This year, Banned Books Week will be September 25th - October 2nd. The librarians of Northwest Library gathered up titles in our newest display area to bring attention to books that have been banned in the past.

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