What is Banned Books Week 2012?

Posted: September 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Banned Books | No Comments »

50 State Salute to Banned Books Week Video by Massachusetts Library Association

Tufts Hirsh Health Sciences Library is proud to support Banned Books Week 2012. There have been hundreds of books in United States history removed or challenged by schools and libraries. Reported by the American Libraries Association, in 2011 alone 326 books were challenged for censorship and 70% to 80% were never reported.

What banned books are on display at HHSL?

AN American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

1984 by George Orwell

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitgerald

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Mosquitoes by William Faulkner

Native Son by Richard Wright

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

A list of frequently challenged books in the 21st century can be found courtesy of ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom at Top Ten Challenged Books by Year: 2001-2011.


Additional Resources about Banned Books Week:

Timeline – 30 years of Liberating Literature
Banned Books Week – Official Website
Banned Books Week: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Freedom to Read
Banned Books Week Facebook Page
Virtual Read-Out! Youtube Channel