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Article in [[:Category:Adult Fiction|Adult Fiction]], [[:Category:Adult Nonfiction|Adult Nonfiction]], [[:Category:Young Adult Fiction|Young Adult Fiction]], [[:Category:Juvenile Fiction|Juvenile Fiction]]  and [[:Category:Themes|Themes]] categories.
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JMRL recognizes the freedom to read by celebrating Banned Books Week, a week to promote intellectual freedoms and to inform people about the problems of censorship in libraries each September.  When people try to ban and challenge books from being read, it prevents other people from access to that literature, and prevents them from having freedom to information.   
 
JMRL recognizes the freedom to read by celebrating Banned Books Week, a week to promote intellectual freedoms and to inform people about the problems of censorship in libraries each September.  When people try to ban and challenge books from being read, it prevents other people from access to that literature, and prevents them from having freedom to information.   
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==Banned Books Week at JMRL: Events==
 
==Banned Books Week at JMRL: Events==
  
*'''Banned Books Week 2015: September 27-October 3, 2015'''
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*'''Banned Books Week 2017: September 24-30, 2017'''
 
:Check out displays at your local library highlighting books that have been banned and challenged.
 
:Check out displays at your local library highlighting books that have been banned and challenged.
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*'''Banned Books Starry Night Storytime'''
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:Monday, September 25 at 6:30pm
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:Celebrate the freedom to read at the Central Library with this special storytime. Come in your jammies and cozy up as we celebrate classic picture books that have been banned or challenged.
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*'''Banned Books Week Reading''' at Tin Whistle Irish Pub at 609 E. Market St. Charlottesville, Virginia
 
*'''Banned Books Week Reading''' at Tin Whistle Irish Pub at 609 E. Market St. Charlottesville, Virginia
 
:Tuesday, September 29 from 5 to 6:30pm
 
:Tuesday, September 29 from 5 to 6:30pm
:Come read aloud from your favorite banned book to celebrate the Freedom to Read! Check out the lists of banned books below to pick a book that you would like to read a selection from. Then join JMRL at the Tin Whistle Irish Pub to read it aloud.  
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:Come read aloud from your favorite banned book to celebrate the Freedom to Read! Check out the lists of banned books below to pick a book that you would like to read a selection from. Then join JMRL at the Tin Whistle Irish Pub to read it aloud.
  
*'''“I Read Banned Books” Photo Booth'''
 
:''September 27 - October 3''
 
:Drop by the Central Library during Banned Books Week and take a mugshot with your favorite banned book. Tag your picture #jmrlreads and share to celebrate the freedom to read.
 
  
==The Top 10 Most Banned Books from 2014-2015:==
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*'''Banned Books Week Reading''' at Pro Re Nata at 6135 Rockfish Gap Turnpike, Crozet, Virginia
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:Wednesday, October 4 from 6:30-8pm
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:Come read aloud from your favorite banned book to celebrate the Freedom to Read! Check out the lists of banned books below to pick a book that you would like to read a selection from. Then join JMRL at Pro Re Nata to read it aloud.
  
Below is a list of the 10 most banned and challenged books from 2014-2015. For more information about banned books by year, please visit   
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==The Top 10 Most Banned Books from 2016:==
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Below is a list of the 10 most banned and challenged books from 2016 (the most recent list). For more information about banned books by year, please visit   
 
[http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks ALA's list of Frequently Challenged Books]
 
[http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks ALA's list of Frequently Challenged Books]
  
*The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?one+summer+tamaki'''This One Summer'''] by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
:Reasons: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence. Additional reasons: “depictions of bullying”
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:This young adult graphic novel, winner of both a Printz and a Caldecott Honor Award, was restricted, relocated, and banned because it includes LGBT characters, drug use, and profanity, and it was considered sexually explicit with mature themes.
*Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
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:Reasons: gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint. Additional reasons: “politically, racially, and socially offensive,“graphic depictions”
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?drama+telgemeier'''Drama'''] written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
*And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
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:Parents, librarians, and administrators banned this Stonewall Honor Award-winning graphic novel for young adults because it includes LGBT characters, was deemed sexually explicit, and was considered to have an offensive political viewpoint.
:Reasons: Anti-family, homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group. :Additional reasons: “promotes the homosexual agenda”
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*The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?george+alex+gino'''George'''] by Alex Gino
:Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “contains controversial issues”
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:Despite winning a Stonewall Award and a Lambda Literary Award, administrators removed this children’s novel because it includes a transgender child, and the “sexuality was not appropriate at elementary levels.
*It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
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:Reasons: Nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group. Additional reasons: “alleges it
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?i+am+jazz'''I Am Jazz'''] by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
*Saga, by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
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:This children’s picture book memoir was challenged and removed because it portrays a transgender child and because of language, sex education, and offensive viewpoints.
:Reasons: Anti-Family, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group. Additional reasons:
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*The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?two+boys+levithan'''Two Boys Kissing'''] by David Levithan
:Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited to age group, violence
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:Included on the National Book Award longlist and designated a Stonewall Honor Book, this young adult novel was challenged because its cover has an image of two boys kissing, and it was considered to include sexually explicit LGBT content.
*The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
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:Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “date rape and masturbation”
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?looking+alaska+green'''Looking for Alaska'''] by John Green
*A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard
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:This 2006 Printz Award winner is a young adult novel that was challenged and restricted for a sexually explicit scene that may lead a student to “sexual experimentation.
:Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group
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*Drama, by Raina Telgemeier
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?big+sex+fraction'''Big Hard Sex Criminals'''] written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky
:Reasons: sexually explicit
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:Considered to be sexually explicit by library staff and administrators, this compilation of adult comic books by two prolific award-winning artists was banned and challenged.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?make+something+up+palahniuk'''Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread'''] by Chuck Palahniuk
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:This collection of adult short stories, which received positive reviews from Newsweek and the New York Times, was challenged for profanity, sexual explicitness, and being “disgusting and all around offensive.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?little+bill+cosby+honeywood'''Little Bill (series)'''] written by Bill Cosby and illustrated by Varnette P. Honeywood
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:This children’s book series was challenged because of criminal sexual allegations against the author.
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?eleanor+park+rowell'''Eleanor & Park''']  by Rainbow Rowell
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:One of seven New York Times Notable Children’s Books and a Printz Honor recipient, this young adult novel was challenged for offensive language.
  
 
==Banned and Challenged Classics==
 
==Banned and Challenged Classics==
  
 
Below is a list of the 25 most banned and challenged classics. For more, please visit http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/classics  
 
Below is a list of the 25 most banned and challenged classics. For more, please visit http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/classics  
*The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+the+great+gatsby+a%3A+fitzgerald&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=Xgreat+gatsby+fitzgerald%26SORT%3DD '''The Great Gatsby'''] by F. Scott Fitzgerald
*The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+the+catcher+and+the+rye+a%3A+salinger&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=Xcatcher+and+the+rye+salinger%26SORT%3DD '''The Catcher in the Rye'''] by J.D. Salinger
*The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+the+grapes+of+wrath++a%3A+steinbeck&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=Xgrapes+of+wrath+steinbeck%26SORT%3DD '''The Grapes of Wrath'''] by John Steinbeck
*To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+to+kill+a+mockingbird+a%3A+lee&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=Xkill+a+mockingbird+lee%26SORT%3DD '''To Kill a Mockingbird'''] by Harper Lee
*The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+the+color+purple+a%3A+walker&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=Xcolor+purple+walker%26SORT%3DD '''The Color Purple'''] by Alice Walker
*Ulysses, by James Joyce
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+ulysses++a%3A+james+joyce&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=Xulysses+james+joyce%26SORT%3DD '''Ulysses'''] by James Joyce
*Beloved, by Toni Morrison
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+beloved++a%3A+toni+morrison&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=Xbeloved+toni+morrison%26SORT%3DD '''Beloved'''] by Toni Morrison
*The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+lord+of+the+flies++a%3A+golding&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=Xlord+of+the+flies+golding%26SORT%3DD '''The Lord of the Flies'''] by William Golding
*1984, by George Orwell
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+1984++a%3A+orwell&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=X1984+orwell%26SORT%3DD '''1984'''] by George Orwell
*Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+lolita++a%3A+nabokov&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=Xlolita+nabokov%26SORT%3DD '''Lolita'''] by Vladmir Nabokov
*Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?of+mice+and+men+steinbeck '''Of Mice and Men'''] by John Steinbeck
*Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+Catch-22++a%3A+heller&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=XCatch-22+heller%26SORT%3DD '''Catch-22'''] by Joseph Heller
*Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+Brave+New+World++a%3A+huxley&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=XBrave+New+World+huxley%26SORT%3DD '''Brave New World'''] by Aldous Huxley
*Animal Farm, by George Orwell
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+animal+farm++a%3A+orwell&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=Xanimal+farm+orwell%26SORT%3DD '''Animal Farm'''] by George Orwell
*The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+the+sun+also+rises+a%3A+hemingway&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=Xsun+also+rises+hemingway%26SORT%3DD '''The Sun Also Rises'''] by Ernest Hemingway
*As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?as+i+lay+dying+faulkner '''As I Lay Dying'''] by William Faulkner
*A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+a+farewell+to+arms++a%3A+hemingway&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=Xfarewell+to+arms+hemingway%26SORT%3DD '''A Farewell to Arms'''] by Ernest Hemingway
*Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?their+eyes+were+watching+god+hurston '''Their Eyes Were Watching God'''] by Zora Neale Hurston
*Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+invisible+man++a%3A+ellison&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=Xinvisible+man+ellison%26SORT%3DD '''Invisible Man'''] by Ralph Ellison
*Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?song+of+solomon+toni+morrison '''Song of Solomon'''], by Toni Morrison
*Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+gone+with+the+wind++a%3A+mitchell&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=Xgone+with+the+wind+mitchell%26SORT%3DD '''Gone with the Wind'''] by Margaret Mitchell
*Native Son, by Richard Wright
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+native+son+a%3A+wright&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=Xnative+son%26SORT%3DD '''Native Son'''], by Richard Wright
*One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+one+flew+over+the+cuckoo%27s+nest++a%3A+kesey&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=Xone+flew+over+the+cuckoo%27s+nest+kesey%26SORT%3DD '''One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'''] by Ken Kesey
*Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+slaughterhouse+five++a%3A+vonnegut&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=Xslaughterhouse+five+vonnegut%26SORT%3DD '''Slaughterhouse-Five'''] by Kurt Vonnegut
*For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
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*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search~S9/?searchtype=X&searcharg=t%3A+for+whom+the+bell+tolls+a%3A+hemingway&searchscope=9&sortdropdown=-&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=Xfor+whom+the+bell+tolls+hemingway%26SORT%3DD '''For Whom the Bell Tolls'''] by Ernest Hemingway
  
 
==Additional Resources==
 
==Additional Resources==
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*[https://www.gutenberg.org/ Project Gutenberg]
 
*[https://www.gutenberg.org/ Project Gutenberg]
 
:Many free eBooks, including many banned classics, can be found in full-text version here.
 
:Many free eBooks, including many banned classics, can be found in full-text version here.
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Article in Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Young Adult Fiction, Juvenile Fiction and Themes categories.


JMRL recognizes the freedom to read by celebrating Banned Books Week, a week to promote intellectual freedoms and to inform people about the problems of censorship in libraries each September. When people try to ban and challenge books from being read, it prevents other people from access to that literature, and prevents them from having freedom to information.

Banned Books Week at JMRL: Events

  • Banned Books Week 2017: September 24-30, 2017
Check out displays at your local library highlighting books that have been banned and challenged.


  • Banned Books Starry Night Storytime
Monday, September 25 at 6:30pm
Celebrate the freedom to read at the Central Library with this special storytime. Come in your jammies and cozy up as we celebrate classic picture books that have been banned or challenged.


  • Banned Books Week Reading at Tin Whistle Irish Pub at 609 E. Market St. Charlottesville, Virginia
Tuesday, September 29 from 5 to 6:30pm
Come read aloud from your favorite banned book to celebrate the Freedom to Read! Check out the lists of banned books below to pick a book that you would like to read a selection from. Then join JMRL at the Tin Whistle Irish Pub to read it aloud.


  • Banned Books Week Reading at Pro Re Nata at 6135 Rockfish Gap Turnpike, Crozet, Virginia
Wednesday, October 4 from 6:30-8pm
Come read aloud from your favorite banned book to celebrate the Freedom to Read! Check out the lists of banned books below to pick a book that you would like to read a selection from. Then join JMRL at Pro Re Nata to read it aloud.

The Top 10 Most Banned Books from 2016:

Below is a list of the 10 most banned and challenged books from 2016 (the most recent list). For more information about banned books by year, please visit ALA's list of Frequently Challenged Books

This young adult graphic novel, winner of both a Printz and a Caldecott Honor Award, was restricted, relocated, and banned because it includes LGBT characters, drug use, and profanity, and it was considered sexually explicit with mature themes.
  • Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
Parents, librarians, and administrators banned this Stonewall Honor Award-winning graphic novel for young adults because it includes LGBT characters, was deemed sexually explicit, and was considered to have an offensive political viewpoint.
Despite winning a Stonewall Award and a Lambda Literary Award, administrators removed this children’s novel because it includes a transgender child, and the “sexuality was not appropriate at elementary levels.”
  • I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
This children’s picture book memoir was challenged and removed because it portrays a transgender child and because of language, sex education, and offensive viewpoints.
Included on the National Book Award longlist and designated a Stonewall Honor Book, this young adult novel was challenged because its cover has an image of two boys kissing, and it was considered to include sexually explicit LGBT content.
This 2006 Printz Award winner is a young adult novel that was challenged and restricted for a sexually explicit scene that may lead a student to “sexual experimentation.”
Considered to be sexually explicit by library staff and administrators, this compilation of adult comic books by two prolific award-winning artists was banned and challenged.
This collection of adult short stories, which received positive reviews from Newsweek and the New York Times, was challenged for profanity, sexual explicitness, and being “disgusting and all around offensive.”
This children’s book series was challenged because of criminal sexual allegations against the author.
One of seven New York Times Notable Children’s Books and a Printz Honor recipient, this young adult novel was challenged for offensive language.

Banned and Challenged Classics

Below is a list of the 25 most banned and challenged classics. For more, please visit http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/classics

Additional Resources

Includes materials selection policy and the ALA Freedom to Read Statement
Many free eBooks, including many banned classics, can be found in full-text version here.