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This week, libraries all over the country are practicing our freedom to read with Banned Books Week! Yes, that’s right, book banning is a thing that still happens. Just last week, new hit YA novel Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell faced a challenge for being “obscene”.
Check out the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week website here, and don’t forget to take a look at the list of Frequently Challenged Books here to see if any of your favorites are on it. Last year’s top 10 most challenged books list included YA hits The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group), Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group), and Looking for Alaska by John Green (Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group)
*Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association
This year Banned Books Week runs September 30th through October 6th. Celebrate your freedom to read by checking out a banned or challenged YA book during this next week! DPL has plenty of titles to choose from at each of its three locations. For more info on Banned Books Week, including listings of some of the most challenged or banned books of all time, check out the ALA website.
One of the best ways to celebrate this year might be to check out and read Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower and then go see it on the big screen opening night on October 5th. Don’t forget to read it first! In the meantime, enjoy the preview:
The parents of an 8th grade girl in Massachusetts recently challenged the ever-popular YA book titled Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist written by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, which we first blogged about long ago. The book came out well over 5 years ago and was made into an even more popular movie starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings. This being the first time we’ve ever heard of the book being challenged it came as a bit of a surprise. Honestly, though, when any news concerning a book challenge or banning surfaces it tends to raise a few questions.
In this case, are the parents really requesting that it be pulled from the shelves of a school library? Are they really thinking about moving their daughter to another school just because of the book? Do they even know what the book is about? Have they read it? Do they really want to restrict the access of whichever books they deem inappropriate to other students who may or may not have any interest in reading them? Have they ever heard of intellectual freedom? Have you?
Well, check out the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom page where you’ll quickly see that their whole goal is to “educate librarians and the general public about the nature and importance of intellectual freedom in libraries.” You have the right to read what you want, or not read it if you so choose.
The good news is that now some of us may have an extra way in which we can enjoy all that is Nick & Norah. You can bet we’ll be reading and promoting it like crazy when Banned Books Week rolls around this Fall. Can’t wait! What’s Banned Books Week you ask…check the details here. In the meantime, celebrate your freedoms and keep reading.
TEENS are with the BANNED! Watch Hannah’s virtual read-out and celebrate your freedom to READ!
Do you like to make youtube vids? Well then grab your favorite challenged or banned book and make your own virtual read-out!
Readers are with the BANNED! Watch the virtual read-out by Courtney, a blogger for Booklist, and celebrate your freedom to read!
Libraries are with the BANNED! Watch this awesome virtual read-out from the Morton Grove Public Library Staff and celebrate your freedom to READ!
CHris Crutcher is with the BANNED! Watch his virtual Read-out and celebrate your freedom to READ.