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Celebrating the Freedom to Read Classics – Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. This week highlights 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.

Beginning September 22-28

Check out our displays as we celebrate the freedom to read, and ask a member of our second floor staff for more information

Some of our best-known and loved classics have been banned or challenged in the United States:

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The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
A Separate Peace, by John Knowles

This is just a small sampling of books that have been banned or challenged; we have a more comprehensive list of books from the American Library Association that has been tracking challenges since 1990.

Banned Books Week