Monday, September 22, 2014

Banned Books Week

September 21-27 is Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. This event highlights the value of free and open access to information, even when the ideas expressed are considered unorthodox or unpopular.

The ten most challenged titles in 2013 were:

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

Learn more about this national initiative from the American Library Association.

Note: As a Rio Salado College Student, you have access to the collections of all ten Maricopa Community College Libraries. You can place a hold online in the catalog using your MEID and password. Alternately, you can present a government issued or student ID in person at any MCCCD Library to check out materials.