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Banned Books Week 2015: About Banned Books

September 10-25, 2014 - Banned Books Celebration - Celebrating the Freedom to Read! Since 1982, the annual event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.

Check Out Our Display!

Come see our display of banned books at the EGSC Library, and check out a book that has been banned or challenged.

Which book would YOU ban?

Which of the following books would you ban from the EGSC library?

Which book would YOU ban?
The Catcher in the Rye: 0 votes (0%)
Lord of the Rings: 0 votes (0%)
Harry Potter: 0 votes (0%)
Slaughter-House Five: 0 votes (0%)
The Hunger Games: 0 votes (0%)
1984: 0 votes (0%)
Lolita: 2 votes (8.7%)
No Books Ever!: 21 votes (91.3%)
Total Votes: 23

EGSC Banned Books Lecture Series

Book Bans and Challenges, 2007-2011

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 Celebration


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.

Please visit the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom’s Banned Books website at, or for more information.

By the numbers: Banned Books Week

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