Not dead yet! Last year there were 307 book challenges in the United States. He…

Not dead yet! Last year there were 307 book challenges in the United States. Here are the top ten:

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

2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit

7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence


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Banned for decades! Henry Miller's 1934 novel Tropic of Cancer was banned from p…

Banned for decades! Henry Miller's 1934 novel Tropic of Cancer was banned from publication in the United States under obscenity laws as illegal pornography until a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1964 lifted the ban. The landmark decision stated that "material dealing with sex in a manner that advocates ideas, or that has literary or scientific or artistic value or any other form of social importance, may not be branded as obscenity and denied the constitutional protection."

*On Monday, we kicked off Banned Book Week with this post about the Tropic of Cancer along with a cover image of this version of the book: http://amzn.to/1rkgz9H. Ironically, a Facebook user reported the image as objectionable, and Facebook removed the entire post from the library’s page.


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Bad Librarian! In the 1970s, many librarians and adults were upset by Maurice Se…

Bad Librarian! In the 1970s, many librarians and adults were upset by Maurice Sendak’s children’s book "In the Night Kitchen" because its young protagonist, Mickey, was depicted in the nude. Many librarians censored the book by painting diapers over the boy’s genitals, and in some cases the book was even burned. Here's the Colbert Report's take on the controversy: http://on.cc.com/YZPDjK


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The UAA/APU Consortium Library and the Anchorage Public Library have teamed up t…

The UAA/APU Consortium Library and the Anchorage Public Library have teamed up to offer The Censorship Challenge. This event at the Snow Goose Restaurant is free and open to the public, so bring your friends and test your knowledge on issues of censorship and intellectual freedom. There will be prizes for first, second, and third place teams - as well as a special prize for not last!



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Banned for decades! Henry Miller's 1934 novel Tropic of Cancer was banned from…

Banned for decades!

Henry Miller's 1934 novel Tropic of Cancer was banned from publication in the United States under obscenity laws as illegal pornography until a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1964 lifted the ban. The landmark decision stated that "material dealing with sex in a manner that advocates ideas, or that has literary or scientific or artistic value or any other form of social importance, may not be branded as obscenity and denied the constitutional protection."


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Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 21-27, 2014….

Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 21-27, 2014. This week we'll be raising awareness of banned and challenged books and the protection of our First Amendment rights.

Test your own literary knowledge about censorship issues with our online quiz and be entered into a drawing for free prizes: http://svy.mk/1yjGhPx


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