Banned Books Week is an annual week-long event celebrating the freedom to read, highlighting the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
During this week, please visit our special displays featuring books that have been targeted with censorship efforts.
Goffstown Public Library – Standing Up For Your Right To Read
Banned Books Week 2016
The 10 most frequently challenged titles of 2015 were:
- Looking for Alaska, by John Green
- Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
- I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
- Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
- The Holy Bible
- Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
- Habibi, by Craig Thompson
- Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
- Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
The American Library Association has been tracking challenges since 1990, for more information:
- Banned & Challenged Classics
- Frequently Challenged Books
- American Library Association Banned Books Week
Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out
Are you interested in participating in Banned Books Week, but don’t know how? Consider joining many celebrities, libraries and bookstores across the country in the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out! Participants may proclaim the importance of the freedom to read by posting videos that will be featured on the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out YouTube channel.
- How you can participate in the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out – www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek/events/virtualreadout/participate