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Banned Books


According to the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights...

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."


About Banned Books Week

Each year during the last week of September, libraries, publishers, schools, and other organizations focus on Banned Books Week, which "highlights the value of free and open access to information...[and the] support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular" (American Library Association, 2013, Banned Books Week).

Here at L.V. Johnson Library, we're emphasizing frequently challenged books: children's and youth books, fiction titles, non-fiction, classics, etc. Please keep an eye out for what we've placed in our display cases as well as the prints lining the poles throughout the library. Our Hive has a version of ALA's timeline available on the columns throughout the computer area. Please come in to take a look! We also have this guide to showcase the issues and news surrounding challenged and banned books.


Timeline: 30 Years of Liberating Literature (by ALAOIF)

Created by the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom: Timeline: 30 Years of Liberating Literature. Timeline powered by Tiki-Toki.

"All information sourced from the 2010 Banned Books Week resource guide, Banned Books: Celebrating Our Freedom to Read, edited by Robert P. Doyle (ALA, 2010); the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom; and additional content supplied by Angela Maycock, Assistant Director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom" (American Library Association, 2012, Timeline: 30 Years of Liberating Literature).

Challenge vs. Ban

"A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group.  A banning is the removal of those materials."


Banned Books



"Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others."


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