Learn About Banned Books Week

October 1, 2007 at 10:33 pm | Posted in events | 1 Comment

Galvin Library would like to recognize the importance of free speech and intellectual freedom by highlighting Banned Books Week, which takes place September 29th to October 6th.

From the American Library Association:
“Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.”

Your favorite book may have at one point been banned or threatened to be removed from libraries! You can find out the top 100 most challenged books of the previous decade here.

Some of the most popular and important books in history have been challenged or banned from libraries. You can view 2005’s list here. This list details which books that are owned by the most OCLC libraries have had the most challenges (over 57,000 libraries belong to the OCLC). You may be surprised to see that the Holy Bible, Huckleberry Finn, Don Quixote, the Koran, and Tom Sawyer are in the top five.

Are you surprised by any of the books on these lists? Let us know your opinions in the comments.

1 Comment

  1. How about books that have been banned in other countries for political reasons?

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