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Banned Books Week

I'm A Librarian Who Banned A Book: Here's Why

The Conversation US | Posted 10.02.2015 | Books
The Conversation US

I am a librarian and academic library director and an ardent supporter of free speech and democracy, but in 2012 I banned a book at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.

Banned Book Week at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

Kimann Schultz | Posted 10.02.2015 | Books
Kimann Schultz

Here it is already again, Banned Book Week at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. Used to be it was merely colored leaves and jack-o-lantern decorations that heralded the arrival of the Autumn season.

Why Did They Ban Teen Fiction--'My Enemy, My Brother'--in 1983?

Gabriel Schivone | Posted 10.01.2015 | Books
Gabriel Schivone

An eye-catching exhibit during Banned Book Week 2015 resurrects the history of a 1983 book-banning in Tucson, AZ.

13 Important Stories to Celebrate Banned Books Week

Off The Shelf | Posted 10.01.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

Greatness often breeds controversy. This has been the case for acclaimed books throughout history. Harry Potter for its glorification of witchcraft, Go Ask Alice for its depiction of harrowing teen drug use, and Brave New World for its unsettling vision of the future, but we love them anyway.

Long Live Banned Books Week!

Peter Hart | Posted 09.30.2015 | Books
Peter Hart

It's Banned Books Week -- but no one even bans books anymore. So what's the point?

What You Can Do for Banned Books Week

The New York Public Library | Posted 09.29.2015 | Books
The New York Public Library

Irony aside, all of us in the book-loving community must acknowledge that books are still banned and challenged all over this country and others, and we must do our part to combat it. So, what's the best way to help foster a world where fewer books come under fire?

Celebrate The Freedom To Read

Sari Feldman | Posted 10.15.2015 | Arts
Sari Feldman

The freedom to access and exchange information has long been the bedrock of American life, but in today's increasingly knowledge-based economy that freedom is perhaps more important than ever.

This Is Why You Should Celebrate Banned Books Week

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 09.28.2015 | Arts

This year’s Banned Books Week kicked off on Sunday. Buttons were worn. Facebook posts about the ignorance of those striving to make information inac...

How To See Banned Books In A New Light

Kimberly Butler | Posted 09.28.2015 | Arts
Kimberly Butler

Are you reading something you shouldn’t? Says who? A new photo series by photojournalist Kimberly Butler reveals how to see these #BannedBooks in a ...


KidSpirit | Posted 12.09.2015 | Religion

While the book ban has since been overturned, the controversy persists as national organizations take sides in this local debate. To extricate myself from this religious fervor, I rely on the peace gained from my time in nature.

Mark Twain's Ghost Won't Rest

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.27.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

Currently, he haunts the Internet. He's constantly being quoted as saying encouraging, inspiring remarks your mother or your best friend might say to you when you're feeling miserable, or things you'd want on a thought-for-the-day calendar.

Banning Books Doesn't Work

Carl Fillichio | Posted 11.26.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

Although attempts to ban books are very disappointing, the reasons behind why people have tried to do so are worth exploring and create an excellent starting point for discussion and debate among readers.

Why ‘Book Ban' Is The Right Term For What Arizona Did To Mexican-American Studies

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 09.26.2014 | Latino Voices

There’s a word to describe books that can’t be taught in classrooms: “banned.”

Claire Fallon

How One Person With A Pen Taught Me All About Censorship | Claire Fallon | Posted 09.26.2014 | Books

When I was a college student, I majored in English literature, which meant that I got to read a lot of novels for class -- and my course reading could...

I Will Always Buy Banned Books For My Kids

Devon Corneal | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
Devon Corneal

Until this week, I thought I was an average mom. I cook dinners, make lunches and oversee homework. I live in the suburbs. I drive a sensible car. Today, however, I discovered that I am a hard-core dissident bent on undermining the fabric of our society.

12 Banned Books Every Woman Should Read

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.25.2014 | Women

While it would be great if we were past the whole "banning books" thing, the fact remains that hundreds of books have their places in libraries or on ...

For A Writer, Being Banned Means You've Done Something Right

Felice Picano | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Felice Picano

The envelope was from Her Majesty's Inland Revenue and Customs Service, located at a dock outside London, England, addressed to the publisher of Gay P...

On Trigger Warnings And College-Level Censorship

Courtney Young | Posted 11.23.2014 | Books
Courtney Young

On September 5, the Evans Library of the Florida Institute of Technology sponsored a Banned Books Read-Out of censored comics and graphic novels. Dean...

6 Outrageous Historical Book Bannings

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 09.23.2014 | Books

Tracing the history of book-banning presents obvious difficulties: Written history, especially prior to the most recent centuries, is far from complet...

Every Week Is Banned Books Week For Chicanos

Tony_Diaz | Posted 11.23.2014 | Latino Voices

Every week is banned books week for Chicanos. In Arizona, two Chicana high school students, Maya Arce and Korina Lopez, await word of when their c...

Why These Teachers Are Assigning Banned Books

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Svokos | Posted 09.26.2014 | Books

While some parents want certain books removed from schools, teachers are remembering the important reasons to keep them in the classroom. This week...

Confronting My Temptation To Ban Books

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 11.22.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

We all know that banning books is wrong. So why is it so tempting?

INFOGRAPHIC: Where Are Books Banned?

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 09.22.2014 | Books

Banned Books Week, an annual event organized by the American Library Association (ALA), grants readers, parents, teachers and librarians an opportunit...

Why Gay Characters Matter

Kristin Pekoll | Posted 11.22.2014 | Books
Kristin Pekoll

Every day more and more authors and publishers are providing books for students who feel like the minority. Teens by definition are discovering who they are. And I consider myself a successful librarian if they are turning to books to figure themselves out.

These Words From Banned Books Will Reaffirm Your Faith In Humanity (IMAGES)

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 09.25.2014 | Books

When banned books come to mind, it's easy to imagine bonfires full of burning pages. Banned books would seem to be the stuff of darker days and dreari...