Engaging Methuen Readers

Banned Books Week : Celebrating the Freedom to Read

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BBW15_518x800Every fall, the American Library Association leads the Celebration of Banned Books.  This year Banned Book Week is September 27th – October 3rd.  This is a time where we can reflect upon and celebrate our freedom to read whatever we choose to read.

Every year there are hundreds of challenges to reading materials filed with the Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) at the American Library Association.  The reading materials may be challenged at school libraries, public libraries, or college libraries.

The OIF tracks and lists the “Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of the Year”.  I always curious about these Top Ten lists.  I like to see how many books I’ve read off the list – and then try to read any that I think look interesting.   The following is the most recent list, and clicking on the titles will bring you to our catalog in case you’d like to request it for yourself!

The Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2014 per the OIF:

  1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  2. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  3. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  4. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  5. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
  6. Saga by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  7. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  9. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
  10. Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Also, be sure to stop by the library to see our display of challenged books!  Check one out and celebrate YOUR freedom to read!


Author: Sarah

Hi! I am The Head of Reader Services at Nevins Library! I love to read and talk about books. I'll read just about anything, so there's plenty to talk about.

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