Banned Books 2013
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Bookman's Virtual Read-Out Video celebrating many banned books throughout literature.
Banned by Being Burned
Banned for Promoting "Economic Fallacies" and Socialist Ideas
Banned for Glorifying "Drinking, Cursing and Pre-marital Sex"
Winner of the National Book Award
Banned Books Celebration September 30 - October 14
What would you do if you went to the library to check out a book, only to find it wasn’t there? Not because it was already checked out, but because someone else didn’t agree with its content and had it removed. According to the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), there were 326 reported attempts to remove materials from libraries in 2011, making this situation all too familiar in some communities across the U.S.
From Sept. 22 - October 6, libraries, schools and bookstores from coast to coast will battle censorship and celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week, an annual event highlighting the importance of the First Amendment. Thousands will read from banned or challenged books, speak out and learn about censorship as the nation celebrates the right to choose reading materials without restriction.
“During Banned Books Week, we hope to remind Americans that the ability to read, speak, think and express ourselves freely is a right, not a privilege,” said Maureen Sullivan, ALA President. “As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, it’s important to recognize that book banning does exist in this day and age. It’s up to all of us, community residents, librarians, teachers and journalists, to continue to stand up and speak out for the right to read.”
For more information on Banned Books Week, book challenges and censorship, please visit the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom’s Banned Books website at www.ala.org/bbooks, or www.bannedbooksweek.org.
--From the ALA Press Release for Banned Book Week 2013 (http://www.ala.org/news/pr?id=11432)
Come visit the EGSC Library's display of banned books available for you to check out and read!
EGSC Banned Books Lecture Series
Banned Books Lecture Series
Sponsored by the EGSC Library
Monday, September 30, 4:00 PM—Dr. Armond Boudreaux
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein
Wednesday, October 2, 4:00PM—Dr. Carmine Palumbo
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Monday, October 7, 4:00PM—Professor Steve Lavender
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Wednesday, October 9, 4:00PM—Professor Desmal Purcell
The Banning of Graphic Novels/Manga
Monday, October 14, 4:00PM—Dr. Alan Brashier
Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Join our Humanities professors as they lecture on banned books, both new and classic, and the topic of censorship in literature and art.
All lectures will take place in theLearning Commons classroom J503
For more information click here
Banned for Being Too Scary
Despite its accolades and critical praise, Maus has been challenged for being “anti-ethnic” and “unsuitable for younger readers.”
In a 2012 article on ICv2, Nick Smith of the Pasadena Public Library in Pasadena, California, writes about a challenge to Maus:
"In the library world, books are challenged all the time, mostly for making someone uncomfortable with their own view of the world. In our library system, Maus was challenged over its portrayal of the Poles. The challenge was made by a Polish-American who is very proud of his heritage, and who had made other suggestions about adding books on Polish history, for our library’s collection, so it was not out of the blue. The thing is, Maus made him uncomfortable, so he didn’t want other people to read it. That is censorship, as opposed to parental guidance." -- Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
Banned for Promoting the Occult & for Being Anti-Family
Banned for Being Blasphemous
Banned for Being "Profane," "Vulgar" & "Anti-American"
Which book would YOU ban?
Which of the following books would you ban from the EGSC library?
Banned for Explicit Language
Banned for Being Anti-Christian
One of the most recent, and highly criticized, reports of banning the work occurred in Alamagordo, New Mexico in 2001. A local group claimed the books were satanic and promoting witchcraft, and consequently, set about burning a large cache of the books outside the Christ Community Church.--Banned Books Awareness Project
Banned for Insensitivity to Racial Issues and "Coarse Language"
Despite Hemingway’s assurances, Huckleberry Finn remains one of the most challenged books in the U.S. In 1998, parents in Tempe, Ariz., sued the local high school over the book’s inclusion on a required reading list. The case went as far as a federal appeals court; the parents lost. -- TIME.com