Banned Book Week: September 24th - 30th

Banned Book Week is the annual celebration of the freedom to read. Public libraries support intellectual freedom, the right for every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. Below is a list of some of the most frequently challenged books. Did some of your favorite books make the list?

Children's Books

A wrinkle in time by Madeleine L'Engle

Summary: Meg Murry, her brother Charles, and their friend Calvin, embark on a journey through space and time, assisted by three otherworldly women, when they set out to find Meg's father, a physicist who disappeared while experimenting with time travel.

Reasons for Challenge: too religious, anti-Christian, promotes occultic world view.

Summary: Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.

Reasons for Challenge: occult/satanism, witchcraft, and violence.

Summary: When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen.

Reasons for Challenge: offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence.

Young Adult Books

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen accidentally becomes a contender in the annual Hunger Games, a grave competition hosted by the Capitol where young boys and girls are pitted against one another in a televised fight to the death.

Reasons for Challenge:  sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence, and offensive language.

This one summer by Mariko Tamaki

Summary: Rose's latest summer at a beach lake house is overshadowed by her parents' constant arguments, her younger friend's secret sorrows, and the dangerous activities of older teens.

Reasons for Challenge: top most challenged book of 2016 for LGBT characters, drug use, profanity, sexually explicit with mature themes.

Summary: When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

Reasons for Challenge: drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, and unsuited for age group.

Classic Books

The great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Summary: Jay Gatsby had once loved beautiful, spoiled Daisy Buchanan, then lost her to a rich boy. Now, mysteriously wealthy, he is ready to risk everything to woo her back.

Reasons for Challenge: language and sexual references.

Lord of the flies by William Golding

Summary: William Golding's compelling story about a group of very ordinary small boys marooned on a coral island has become a modern classic. At first it seems as though it is all going to be great fun; but the fun before long becomes furious and life on the island turns into a nightmare of panic and death. 

Reasons for Challenge: excessive violence, bad language, and demoralizing language. 

Summary: Frodo the hobbit and a band of warriors from the different kingdoms set out to destroy the Ring of Power before the evil Sauron grasps control.

Reasons For Challenge: fantasy ideas, witchcraft, evil, occult/satanism.