Come see our display of banned books at the EGSC Library, and check out a book that has been banned or challenged.
Which of the following books would you ban from the EGSC library?
Hundreds of books are challenged in schools and libraries in the United States each year. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, while a banning reflects the actual removal of those materials. The American Library Association (ALA) provides confidential support to teachers and librarians and tracks challenges that occur. ALA recorded 348 challenges in 2010 but estimates that this reflects only 20-25% of actual incidents, as most challenges are never reported.
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available.
11,300: Estimated number of books that have been challenged since 1982
464: Number of formal complaints filed in 2012 requesting books be removed from schools or libraries
4: Number of years the "Harry Potter" series was ranked as the American Library Associations’ most frequently challenged book
5: Number of Judy Blume books on list of 100 most frequently challenged books of 1990 to 1999
1,577: Number of challenges citing "sexually explicit" material from 2000 to 2009
1,291: Number of challenges citing "offensive content" from 2000 to 2009
49: Percentage of challenges initiated by a parent from 2000 to 2009
(from the American Library Association