Monday, September 28, 2009

Celebrate Your Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held this year from September 26 - October 3, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

The 10 Most Challeged Books in the past year were:

And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
His Dark Materials Trilogy, by Philip Pullman
TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle
Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
Uncle Bobby's Wedding, by Sarah S. Brannen
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
Flashcards of My Life, by Charise Mericle Harper

Visit our Banned Books display on the main floor of the Miller Library to see more challenged titles, or go to the American Library Association's website for more information on Banned Books Week.

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