September 24 – October 1, 2016
Do you know what these 10 books have in common? You guessed it - they were the most frequently challenged books during 2015.
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
- Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
- I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
- Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
- The Holy Bible
- Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
- Habibi by Craig Thompson
- Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan by Jeanette Winter
- Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
“Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, 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.
A challenge [to a book] is an attempt to remove or restrict it, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.
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. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.”
Why are books challenged?
The reasons cited for the challenge to the above books include:
Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, anti-family, political viewpoint, violence and other (“graphic images”), nudity, and other (“condones public displays of affection”).
In the words of Mark Twain, “Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak just because a baby can’t chew it.”
So celebrate your freedom to read and check out a challenged book today! There’s something for everyone at the Islip Public Library!