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Banned Books Week

Banning Books Silences Stories Banner Speak Out!

“Censorship thrives in silence; silence is its aim.”

~ Office of Information Freedom Director James LaRue

During Banned Books Week, please visit our special displays featuring books that have been targeted with censorship efforts.

Did you know that over 400 challenges and bans have taken place in 2017?

What if you couldn’t read a book you wanted because it had been banned?

“Banning Books Silences Stories”

Books that Have Been Challenged Locally

Books Challenged at the Goffstown Public Library

Since 1999, these are the titles that have been challenged here at the Goffstown Public Library:

Reasons Materials are Challenged List Un-American Propaganda Politically Biased Gender Identity Religion and more

See the 2017 “Top 10 Most Challenged Books” as tracked by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom:

What’s the difference between a challenge and a banning?

“A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. Due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection.”

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.

The American Library Association has been tracking challenges since 1990, for more information: