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Banned Book Week Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2012

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012 by Cupertino_Library

 

Banned Book Week    

Sept. 30 – Oct.6, 2012

 

Throughout the month of September, Cupertino Library will have a display honoring Banned Book Week.

Banned Book Week was established in 1982 to confront the rising number of instances in which books had been challenged or banned in schools, bookstores and libraries.

According to the American Library Association, since 1982 11,300 books have been challenged. In 2011, 326 challenges were reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom.

The ALA’s Banned Book website lists the following ten books most challenged in 2011:

  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
    Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence
  4. My Mom's Having A Baby! A Kid's Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit
  8. What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit
  9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
    Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    Reasons: offensive language; racism

Tagged: Cupertino News, ALA, Banned Book Week, challenged books

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