During Banned Books Week, libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books. Visit our display on the 2nd floor and see if any books you’ve read have been censored at some point.
Participate in Banned Books Week events by creating your own Personal Bookshelf. On the second floor, you’ll find handouts with a blank bookshelf graphic, along with pens and markers to create your own Personal Bookshelf. Fill in the titles of the ten books, banned or otherwise, that you can’t live without. You can also download & print out a blank bookshelf >>HERE<<.
Leave your bookshelf at the library to be displayed, or complete and share at home. Feel free to scan or photograph your finished shelf and share it online using #goflib and #bannedbooksweek to tag your pictures on Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr. We can’t wait to see your bookshelf! Personal Bookshelf idea based on the book My Ideal Bookshelf by Jane Mount & Thessaly La Force.
Banned Books Week – September 22-28
“Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. For more information on Banned Books Week, click here. According to the American Library Association, there were 464 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2012, and many more go unreported.” *
The 10 most challenged titles of 2012 were:
Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
Beloved, by Toni Morrison
*Source: Banned Books Week/About, www.bannedbooksweek.org