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Banned Books Week

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on September 5, 2014
Sep 052014
 

Banned Books Week

Celebrate the Freedom to Read

Libraries and librarians have a long history of opposing censorship and promoting intellectual freedom. Banned Books Week celebrates the power of words and ideas and reminds us to be vigilant in protecting the First Amendment. From September 21-27 we’ll be showcasing titles that have been challenged or banned in schools and libraries across the country. Stop in at your NOPL library to pick up an “I Read Banned Books” sticker, and celebrate your right to read by checking out one of these “dangerous” books.

Here’s the American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom’s
“Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books” in 2013:

    1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
      Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
    2.  The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
      Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
    3.  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
      Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
    4.  Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
      Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
    5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
      Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
    6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
      Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
    7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
      Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
    8.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
      Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
    9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
      Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
    10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
      Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

Learn More at http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks

View a list of top 100  most frequently challenged books by decade or by year.

 

NOPL Library Banned Books Week Events

Family Fun Night-Celebrate Banned Books: Storytime and Craft
Tuesday, Sept 16th 6:30PM-7:30PM at NOPL @ North Syracuse, Community Room
Banned books week is September 21st-27th. Create a poster about your favorite banned book and it will be hung in the library. We will be reading from a selection of the most popular banned books.(For ages 5-12). Registration Required.

 

tokillmockingbird_coverBanned Books Week Movie Showing: To Kill a Mockingbird
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1:00-3:30pm at NOPL @ Cicero, Community Room
The setting is a dusty Southern town during the Depression. A white woman accuses a black man of rape and the outcome of his trial is such a foregone conclusion that no lawyer will step forward to defend him– except the town’s most distinguished citizen. Runtime 130 min. Not Rated.

 

 

outsiders_coverBanned Books Week Movie Showing:The Outsiders
Wed. Sept. 24, 1:00-3:30pm at NOPL @ Cicero, Community Room
Teen rivalry in a small Southern town sets the stage for this dramatic interpretation of the novel by S.E. Hinton. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, The Outsiders tells the story of the ongoing conflict between the Greasers and the Socs in rural Oklahoma. Runtime 91 min. Rated PG.

 

 

 

Banned Books Week: Virtual Read-Out and Twitter Parties

Take part in a nation-wide virtual read-out of banned and challenged books by following local libraries, organizations, and bookstores on social media. Follow the Banned Book Week YouTube Channel and on Twitter #bannedbooksweek.

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Check out our “Risky” Reads Board on our Pinterest page.

 

 

   
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