Do You Read Banned Books?
It’s Banned Books Week! From Sept. 30th to Oct. 6th, 2012, libraries around the U.S. are speaking out against censorship with displays, events, and other activities supporting books that have been banned.
Have you read any banned books? The answer might surprise you. Check out this list of books on the 100 Greatest Classics list that have been banned or challenged in American libraries and schools. Twentieth century classics that have been banned or challenged in American libraries include among others: Slaughterhouse Five, The Great Gatsby, Catch-22, The Color Purple, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies, Brave New World, and 1984.
Think censorship is a thing of the past? Check out this list of bestsellers challenged in the 2011/2012 academic year! The list includes popular Sci Fi/Fantasy series like The Hunger Games, Twilight, The Golden Compass and Harry Potter which were banned in various school libraries across the U.S. for sexually explicit language, “themes unsuited to age group,” themes related to witchcraft and the occult, and for being “anti-Christian.” Critically acclaimed teen novels by Sherman Alexie and Judy Blume are also among the most frequently challenged books.
How can you participate in Banned Books Week?
- READ A BANNED BOOK!
Check one out from the library by searching for titles mentioned on the lists above in the Purchase College Library catalog.
- Do a Virtual Read Out: In honor of the 30th Anniversary of Banned Books Week, the American Library Association is sponsoring a Virtual Read Out in cities across the country. Listen to students, librarians, and celebrities read excerpts from banned books on this dedicated YouTube Channel for Banned Books Week. You can add your own Read Out or share your favs with your friends on Twitter and Facebook.
- Share your voice on the Purchase College Library’s Banned Books Week Wall. Add your favorite book to our community wall or link to a resource about censorship.
- Watch out for a book display at the Library coming later in the week featuring banned books from the Purchase College Library’s collections.