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Banned Books Week – Celebrate Your Right to Read

Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events.

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 according to the American Library Association.

Banned Book Week 2015

The 10 most challenged titles of 2014 were:

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
  • Saga by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • A Stolen Life Jaycee Dugard
  • Drama by Raina Telgemeier


Banned Books Week at Goffstown Public Library

From September 27 – October 3, 2015 second floor displays are for you to:

  • view and check-out books that have been challenged or banned over the years;
  • write a Post-It note review of a banned book, and receive a coupon for a free book at the Friends’ Book Sale on 10/17;
  • see the “Why Was I Banned?” display and discover why each book was challenged;
  • challenge yourself with book title puzzlers; and
  • take home a Banned Book bookmark.