Banned Books Week: September 21-27, 2014

 Butte College Library celebrated the right to read with Banned Books Week, September 21-27, 2014!

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David bannedFreedom of expression—the right to say and read as we choose—is most important when the thoughts expressed are unpopular, disturbing, or unorthodox. Differing points of view should be available for anyone who wishes to read them, and no one should be able to control what other people may read.

During Banned Books Week we had displays with information on banned and challenged books. To highlight the many books that have been challenged we also had brown-wrapped books scattered around, labeled with the titles and reasons why someone objected to them and didn't want you to be able to read them.  And this year we debuted our rogues' gallery of photos: "mug shots" of people caught reading banned books! You can still see all the photos on our Facebook page. And be sure to "Like" us while you're there!



Most frequently challenged books of 2012. 

Out of 464 challenges as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom

#1. Captain Underpants (series),by Dav Pilkey. (Reasons: offensive language, unsuited for age group)

#2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. (Reasons: offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group)

#3. Th1rteen R3asons Why, by Jay Asher. (Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group)

#4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James. (Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit)

#5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. (Reasons: homosexuality, unsuited for age group)

#6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. (Reasons: homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit)

#7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green. (Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group)

#8. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz (Reasons: unsuited for age group, violence)

#9.The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls (Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit)

#10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison (Reasons: sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence)