Banned Books for All Ages

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Banned Books for All Ages

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 2015: September 27-October 3, 2015
Check out displays at your local library highlighting books that have been banned and 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.
  • “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:

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 ALA's list of Frequently Challenged Books

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”
Reasons: gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint. Additional reasons: “politically, racially, and socially offensive,” “graphic depictions”
Reasons: Anti-family, homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group. :Additional reasons: “promotes the homosexual agenda”
Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “contains controversial issues”
Reasons: Nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group. Additional reasons: “alleges it child pornography"
Reasons: Anti-Family, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited to age group, violence
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “date rape and masturbation”
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group
  • Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Reasons: sexually explicit

Banned and Challenged Classics

Below is a list of the 25 most banned and challenged classics. For more, please visit

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.