Celebrate Banned Books Week!

This week, the Library is celebrating banned, censored, or challenged books as part of national Banned Books Week, Sept. 22nd through Sept. 28th.

Thousands of Libraries across the nation are celebrating. Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Stop by the Library and check out our banned books display.
  2. Tell us what your favorite banned book is via Twitter, @SUNYPurchaseLib, #bannedbooksweek.
  3. Watch like “Read-Outs” and interviews with famous authors on YouTube throughout the week (here’s a taste below…)
  4. Read a banned book!

Here’s a list of the Top 10 most frequently challenged books in America last year (2012):

The 10 most challenged titles of 2012 were:
  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
    Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
  6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
    Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green.
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  8. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
    Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
  9. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

(Just a disclaimer…. Purchase College Library does not ban or remove books from our shelves.  But many books have been banned by schools and libraries elsewhere in the United States)


Posted on September 23, 2013, in book of the week, Events. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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