Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982, in an effort to address the challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries. Banned Books Week highlights the value of free and open access to information and bring together the entire book-loving community from readers of all types to support the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
Visit our first floor display feature a number of books that have been challenged in one way or another.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian – Sherman Alexie
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
Drama – Raina Telgemeier
Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon Over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, that takes us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the atrocities of the present day.
And Tango Makes Three – Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell
At New York City’s Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches.
George – Alex Gino
When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl. George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she’s a boy.
Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher
When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death.
Being Jazz – Jazz Jennings
Teen activist and trailblazer Jazz Jennings shares her very public transgender journey, as she inspires people to accept the differences in others while they embrace their own truths.
The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende
A story that brings to life the triumphs and tragedies of three generations of the Trueba family. The patriarch is a volatile, proud man whose voracious pursuit of political power is tempered only by his love for his delicate wife, Clara. When their daughter Blanca embarks on a forbidden love affair in defiance of her father, the result is an unexpected gift: his adored granddaughter Alba, a beautiful and strong-willed child who will lead her family and her country into a revolutionary future.
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
After witnessing her friend’s death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter’s life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
The explosion of racial hate and violence in a small Alabama town is viewed by a young girl whose father defends a black man accused of rape.The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence, and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina and quiet heroism of one man’s struggle for justice.