Celebrate your right to read!

Banned Book Week: September 30 – October 6

A banned book display

What was your favorite part of the Harry Potter series? Was it when Harry boarded the Hogwart’s Express or when Harry first meets Ginny Weasley? What if you had never been allowed to read it? Can you believe the good ol’ Harry P. has been challenged in several schools and libraries?

Speaking of “good ol,” did you know that Holden Caulfield, Catcher in the Rye’s protagonist, has been in the ten most challenged books between 1990 and 1999? Some have argued that he is not a good role model and thus should not be read by teenagers.

Banned Book Week celebrates and, importantly, reinforces your freedom to read what you choose and to promote a society that values individual choices and agency and strives to protect every reader’s right to read. Check out Bill Moyers’ criticism of book censorship and banning

Read more about Banned Books here:

List of Most Challenged Books : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_commonly_challenged_books_in_the_United_States

List of most challenged classics: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/challengedclassics

What Banned and Challenged Books have you read?

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