Banned Books Week 2018

Banned Books Week 2018

Did you know that ELEANOR & PARK, SOME GIRLS ARE, and THIS ONE SUMMER have all been banned or challenged? Censorship is happening and it is infringing on the right of readers. Good thing librarians fight for our fREADdom! Banned Books Week (Sept 23-29) is happening now and it’s the perfect time to re-read and recommend all […]

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Banned Books Week 2017

Banned Books Week 2017

Did you know that ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell was the 10th most challenged book of 2016? It’s true! Censorship is happening and it is infringing on the right of readers. Good thing librarians fight for our FREADOM! Banned Books Week (Sept 24-30) is happening now and it’s the perfect time to re-read and recommend […]

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Banned Books Week 2016

Banned Books Week 2016

Happy Banned Books Week, lovely librarians! This is the week (Sept 25 – Oct. 1) to re-read and recommend all your favorite banned and challenged books. This year’s theme is diversity and the lovely folks at BBW have put together a list of frequently challenged books with diverse content, as well as resources for librarians […]

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Banned Books Week 2015

Banned Books Week 2015

Happy Banned Books Week! This year’s theme is Young Adult fiction, and what better time to have Courtney Summers’s SOME GIRLS ARE challenged?! A South Carolina high school pulled the book off its freshman summer reading list after a parent complained about the content; the response from librarians and readers across the country against this action […]

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Banned Books Week 2014!

Banned Books Week 2014!

Welcome to Banned Books Week, librarian friends! This is the week to re-read and recommend all your favorite banned and challenged books. And if you’re feeling inspired to read aloud, we highly recommend that you submit a banned book reading video to the Virtual Read-Out page on YouTube. Make sure to join the conversation on […]

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#FridayReads: Banned Book Week Edition!

#FridayReads: Banned Book Week Edition!

Happy Friday friends! We hope you've had a great week celebrating Banned Books.
For today's #FridayReads Talia and Anne have chosen their favorite banned books:

Talia is glad she's not in the crazy house after re-reading 

RUNNING WITH SCISSORS by Augusten Burroughs
Burrough's story of growing up under the most extraordinary circumstances is "hilarious, freaky-deaky, berserk, controlled, transcendent, touching, affectionate, vengeful, all-embracing.... It makes a good run at blowing every other [memoir] out of the water." (The Washington Post)

Anne is re-living high school English after re-reading 

THE SCARLET LETTER by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Long before desire was all Shades of Grey it was Scarlet Red. Nathaniel Hawthorne's greatest work tells the story of Hester Prynne's adulterous affair and the struggle to create a new life with dignity and repentance in Puritanical times. 

Cat & banned books

Who would want to censor this adorable fellow?! Not us. Enjoy your weekend!

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Banned Books Week 2013: Adventure!

Banned Books Week 2013: Adventure!

Mark Twain funny picNormally on Thursdays we're all about Thrillers, but since it's Banned Books Week, we're talking about Adventure--specifically those of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. 

Mark Twain is well known for his wit and satire--two traits on full display in his classic novels THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER and its sequel, THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN. The titular characters get involved in all kinds of hijinks: murder is witnessed, deaths are faked, treasure is stolen... and that's only the first book!

HUCKLEBERRY FINN
, commonly named one of the "Great American novels" is often called into question over racial stereotypes and frequent use of one particular racial slur. 

Keep sharing your favorite banned books with us @MacmillanLib using the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek2013.  

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Banned Books Week 2013: Foreign Cultures

Banned Books Week 2013: Foreign Cultures

Today we check out Banned Books in Foreign Cultures:
STEPPENWOLF by Hermann Hesse
Hesse's best-known and most autobiographical novel, STEPPENWOLF blends Eastern mysticism and Western culture, portraying one man's struggle to deal with a divided society and a divided self. During World War I, Hesse was labeled a traitor as a result of his antiwar sentiments, anti-propaganda behavior, and pacifist attitude, resulting in his work being banned in Germany from 1939 to 1945. 

 

THE OLD GRINGO by Carlos Fuentes
Carlos Fuentes is one of the most influential and celebrated voices in Latin American Literature, and THE OLD GRINGO is one of his greatest works. In it, Fuentes imagines the fate of the American writer/soldier/journalist Ambrose Bierce and of his last mysterious days in Mexico living among Pancho Villa’s soldiers. 

 

CANCER WARD by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Solzhenitsyn's semi-autobiographical novel examines political theories, mortality, and hope through the lens of a small group of cancer patients in the post-Stalinist Soviet Union. The patients' malignant tumors represent their moral responsibility in the suffering of their fellow citizens during Stalin's Great Purge, when millions were killed, sent to labor camps, or exiled.

What other international Banned Books do you enjoy? Let us know @MacmillanLib using the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek2013. See you at today's Twitter chat from Noon - 2 pm! 

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Banned Books Week 2013: Classics With Controversy

Banned Books Week 2013: Classics With Controversy

Banned Books Week continues! Today we bring you classics with controversy:

GULLIVER'S TRAVELS by Jonathan Swift
When Lemuel Gulliver sets off from London on a sea voyage, little does he know the many incredible and unbelievable misadventures awaiting him... 

OLIVER TWIST by Charles Dickens
Who can forget Oliver Twist, the overworked and underfed penniless orphan boy lured into a gang of pint-sized pickpockets?

ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll
Many people remember the animated movie, but Lewis Carroll's masterful fantasy ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND is even more whimsical in print. Like Alice, we'll gladly follow the white rabbit in a coat and gloves down a hole to an imaginary wonderland.

COMMON SENSE AND RELATED WRITINGS by Thomas Paine
Thomas Paine's argument for the people in the original Thirteen Colonies to declare their independence from Great Britain started a revolution. LITERALLY!

Share your favorite Banned Books with us @MacmillanLib using the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek2013. And don't forget tomorrow's Twitter chat from Noon - 2 pm! 

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Banned Books Week 2013!

Banned Books Week 2013!


Banned Books Week
(Sept. 22-28) is upon us once again librarian friends!

This is the week to read and re-read all your favorite banned and challenged books.

If you're feeling inspired to read aloud, we highly recommend that you submit a banned book reading video on the Virtual Read-Out page on YouTube. And don't forget to join the conversation on Twitter today (Monday) 9/23 from 10 am - Noon and Wednesday 9/25 from Noon - 2 pm using the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek2013.

Let's keep fighting for our FREADOM!

Banned Books Week 2013

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