Banned Books Week 2016

Banned Books Week is September 25 – October 1, 2016! 

Come to our Banned Books Read-out on September 28, 2-3:30 pm on the first floor of Richter Library!

Do you read comics?  How about romances? Historical fiction? Nonfiction?  Chances are, you’ve read a book that’s been banned!  Writers of every race, religion, and gender identity have had their books, comics, short stories and more banned because their ideas were deemed too dangerous for the public.  Books are being banned from libraries in the United States and abroad every year.  According to the 2016 State of America's Libraries report, over 275 books were challenged in 2015 in libraries across the country for having offensive language, being sexually explicit, 'anti-family' and many other reasons.  Find out more about which of your favorite books or comics were banned or challenged in the last year.  Get involved!  Read dangerously!
2015 Banned Books
2015 Banned Books
Use the search box below to find banned books in our catalog!  Select ‘Subject’ from the drop down menu and search for ‘banned books’.  Our list keeps growing every day, so check back often!
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2016 Banned Books Week Read-out @UML!
What:  Join students and faculty reading from their favorite banned books!
Where:  Richter Library, 1st Floor
When:  September 28, 2 - 3:30 pm
2015 Most Challenged Books
Virtual Read-Out
Read dangerously!  Join the Virtual Read-out!  Take a look at the Virtual Read-out YouTube channel, featuring celebrities reading from their favorite banned book.  Want to join in?  Take a video of yourself reading aloud from a banned book and submit it online!

Most Challenged Books of 2015 Available at UML
The list below represents just a small selection of books, ranging from paranormal vampire romances to innocuous pre-school books, that were banned or challenged in 2014 and 2015. Many of these titles were later reinstated at the schools or libraries where they were challenged, and various policies were updated to handle such concerns.

You can search the UML catalog for more banned books simply by doing a subject search for "banned books."

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie
Challenged in North Carolina for containing "numerous depictions of sexual behavior, as well as instances of racism, vulgar language, bullying, and violence."

The Miseducation of Cameron PostEmily M. Danforth
Removed from a reading list in Delaware for "language deemed inappropriate for entering high school freshmen."

Little BrotherCory Doctorow
Removed from a reading list in Florida because it "promoted hacker culture."

Hop on Pop, Dr. Seuss
Challenged in Toronto, Canada, because it "encourages children to use violence against their fathers."

If I Ran The Zoo, Dr. Seuss
Challenged in Vancouver, Canada due to a line in the poem and illustrations that are racial stereotypes of Asians.

The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
Removed from shelves in California because "the subject matter involves teen dying of cancer who use crude language and have sex."

Paper Towns, John Green
Removed from a reading list in Florida because a parent complained that the book contained "F-bombs, several discussions about teen sex, and references to girls as honey bunnies."

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
Banned from a reading list in Tennesee due to offensive language.

It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex & Sexual HealthRobie H. Harris
Challenged in Montana for cartoon nudity.

Siddhartha, Herman Hesse
Removed from a reading list in Texas due because "the main character fathers a child out of wedlock and has sexual encounters with prostitutes."

The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
Challenged in Wisconsin because it "desensitizes students to violence."

Two Boys Kissing, David Levithan
Challenged in Virginia because of homosexual themes.

Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
Challenged in Texas because of "occultic and demonic" themes.

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