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Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read! This week is set aside to highlight the value of free and open access to information. 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
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

    Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group

    Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit

    And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
    Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group

    The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
    Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

    Looking for Alaska, by John Green.
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

    Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
    Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence

    The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit

    Beloved, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

 

 

Check out our posts on Facebook throughout the week, our Pinterest board and our digital sign in the lobby of the County Library for more!

 

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