Help us celebrate
Banned Books Week
Sunday 9/25 1:00 PM
Steve Powell moderates a discussion with some of his DHS students covering questions they have raised about the concept of banning books,
Friday 9/30 12:30 PM
Brian Bagdol's Escalante Middle School class will read from banned books in front of the Bookshop.
There were 275 challenges to books in schools and libraries around the country last year. The focus of this year's Banned Books Week is books written by authors of diverse backgrounds, including people of color, members of the LGBTQ community , people with disabilities. and ethnic, cultural and religious minorities. The American Library Association estimates that more than half of all banned books are diverse books.
The Library of Congress created an exhibit, "Books That Shaped America", that explores books that "have had a profound effect on American life." See a list of books from that exhibit that have been banned/challenged HERE.
For an interactive timeline of significant banned and challenged books over the last 30 years - and reasons given for the controversy - look HERE.
The American Booksellers for Free Expression is the booksellers voice in the fight for free speech and the driving force behind the annual Banned Books Week
The following is a list of the ten most challenged books of 2015: