Banned Books

Banned Books Week…

  • is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.
  • highlights the value of free and open access to information.
  • supports the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
  • draws national attention to the harms of censorship.
  • is a celebration of the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available.
  • is efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

2 Different ways to read books!

  • Books suggested by English Department, approved by the Board of Education, for use in the classroom with direct teaching, part of the curriculum, for assignments.

(Search in Destiny by BOE.)

  • Books purchased for the Library Learning Commons, available to all students, free choice reading for all.

Reasons for challenges

Over this recent past decade, 5,099* challenges were reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom.

  • 1,577 challenges due to "sexually explicit" material;
  • 1,291 challenges due to "offensive language";
  • 989 challenges due to materials deemed "unsuited to age group";
  • 619 challenged due to "violence"' and
  • 361 challenges due to "homosexuality."

***http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10

(Search in Destiny Catalog by “Banned” to see what we own.)

  • Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey

Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence

  • The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison

Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

  • Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James

Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

  • The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

  • A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone

Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit

  • Looking for Alaska, by John Green

Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

  • Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya

Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

  • Bone (series), by Jeff Smith

Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

Top 10 Banned Books of 2013 NMHS-LLC owns the titles listed in green.

Recent books challenged

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NMHS Library Learning Commons

celebrates the freedom to read.

Information for this presentation found on the

American Library Association website

ALA Banned Books Week Presentation 2017 - Google Slides