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Library Observations

Resources for various library celebrations and observances.

What is Banned Books Week?

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. 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. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.

The History of Book Bans

Challenged Book Author Interview

Interview by Democracy Now with Art Spiegelman, the award-winning author of Maus: A Survivor's Tale.

Book Banning and Censorship in the News

Events Across the Web

Censorship by the Numbers

Banned Book Week: September 18 - 24

The CLTCC Library does not ban books! The information provided here is to let you know what books have been banned/challenged elsewhere.

A Banned book has been removed from a library, classroom, etc.

A Challenged book has been requested to be removed from a library, classroom, etc.

Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2021-2022

  1. Gender Queer by Mai Kobabe
  2. Lawn Boy: A Novel by Jonathan Evison
  3. All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson
  4. Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez
  5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  6. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  7. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
  8. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  9. This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson
  10. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin

For More Information

Content and images used in this LibGuide were provided by Banned & Challenged Books: A Website of the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom.