Banned Books Week: September 25th - October 2nd

Saturday, September 25th is the beginning of Banned Books Week, a week dedicated to celebrating the freedom to read by highlighting some of the books that faced censorship over the years.

The American Library Association compiles lists of challenged books each year including a list of classic titles, many of which may surprise you. These titles come from reports on book challenges, which are "formal written requests to remove a book from a library or classroom because of an objection to the book’s content."

Here are the top 5 from the Top 100 novels of the 20th century. On the full list you will see a number of bold titles; you can read more about why these bold titles were challenged here.

  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  3. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  5. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Here are five of the Top 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2009:


  1. TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle
  2. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
  3. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  4. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  5. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer  

 So if you are in the market for a new read, try out a banned or challenged book and celebrate with us!


Thought I'd let you know

Thought I'd let you know about a write-off at Epinions on banned books. This is our fifth year of reviewing books that have been banned. Top reviewers in the book category select banned or challenged books and submit thoughtful reviews. Perhaps it will support your Banned Books efforts. We're currently in the middle of the week. I am an active HCPL customer.

Thanks for sharing the

Thanks for sharing the link! I'll bookmark it to include in next year's post about BBW :)

Hi, I must attend an ALA

Hi, I must attend an ALA Banned Book event to get extra credit for one of my classes. Will any of the library brances be holding this type of event? I'm in the Southeast area and prefer to attend one that's close to where I live. And if we're attending a banned book event, do we need to bring one of the banned books? I've never been to one before. Thanks.

Hi Louisa, Thanks for

Hi Louisa,

Thanks for inquiring about BBW. We do not have anything planned for the week, but perhaps this might be of interest. Good luck!

Hi Veronica, thanks for the

Hi Veronica, thanks for the response. I have another assignment for another class on the topic of organizational change. I must interview 2 people who work in a library setting who have provided leadership within an organizational unit for initiating change. The change may be implemented last year or is in the process of being implemented. The change can be small scale experiments with new services or a change in policies/procedures. I was wondering if you might know of 2 people who can help me on this assignment and how I might contact them. I would be extremely grateful for any assistance you can provide. Thanks.

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