Friday, September 22, 2017

Forbidden Books - Banned Books Week

Each year, the American Library Association sponsors Banned Books Week. This year, Banned Books Week is September 24 - 30. Find out more information about Banned Books Week from the ALA at

Read the library's Banned Books Week guide at

Library Blog Team: Our Eight Selected Banned Books for 2017

Looking for Alaska by John Green
Call Number: YA PZ7.G8233 Lo 2007
Banned: Offensive language, sexually explicit
Description: Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie; Ellen Forney (Illustrator)
Call Number: JUV PZ7.A382 Ab 2007
Banned: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit
Description: In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Call Number: PS3511.I9 G7 1953
Banned: Offensive language, sexual references
Description: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career.

Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
Call Number: HD4918 .E375 2001
Banned: Drugs, charged as politically inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint
Description: Our sharpest and most original social critic goes "undercover" as an unskilled worker to reveal the dark side of American prosperity. Millions of Americans work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them.

Beloved by Toni Morrison
Call Number: PS3563.O8749 B4 2004
Banned: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence
Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby.

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Call Number: PS3537.A426 C315 1991
Banned: Offensive language, sexually explicit
Description: Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school.

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
Call Number: PS3557.U846
Banned: Profanity, sexual content
Description: A fisherman is killed in the early 1950s and deep resentment remains with residents of Japanese ancestry who lost so much within internment camps. Can a newspaper reporter overcome the destruction of his love life to save the man who married the love of his life?

The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Call Number: PS3573.A425 C6 2003
Banned: Offensive language, sexually explicit
Description: Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate.

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