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Celebrate the freedom to read and express yourself during the American Library Association's 35th annual Banned Books Week, September 24-30, 2017. Find banned or challenged books available at JSCC's William H. Wiggs Library.

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Banned Books Week promotional image

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.

Video: "I Am Not a Pornographer"

Author John Green responds (video from YouTube) to the claims of parents in a New York school district that his book Looking for Alaska is pornographic and therefore unsuitable for 11th grade classroom use.

Video: Cumberbatch reads Vonnegut letter

In 1973, a North Dakota school board head ordered that all of the district's copies of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five (search for book in library catalog) be burned. Vonnegut wrote an impassioned letter (see text by Vonnegut at Letters of Note) in response, which actor Benedict Cumberbatch read (video from YouTube; also embedded below) at the 2014 Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts in Wales.

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Book challenges nationwide, 2007-2011

Drag the map and click on a bubble to read about books challenged or banned in that community.


View Book Bans and Challenges, 2007-2011 in a larger map.

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