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Keep the Light On - Read a Banned Book

by Amie Corson on 2022-09-21T08:00:00-05:00 in Students, Issues & Controversies, Reading, Controversial Issues, Get Paper Topics, Books & eBooks, Faculty, Staff, Literature | Comments

Books are now on display in the library for Banned Book Week which is September 18 - 24, 2022. 

Books are typically banned that are perceived as dangerous in some way to an individual, group, or government that does not want other people to have access to that idea, whether the idea is about God, government or society.  Some examples of reasons books were banned or challenged:

Beloved by Toni Morrison: violence and sexuality

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie: strong language and racial slurs, as well as topics of alcohol, poverty, bullying, violence, and sexuality

Kite Runner by Khaleo Hosseini: sexually explicit content, offensive language, and age inappropriateness

Harry Potter by J.K Rowling: anti-Christian, violence

The Color Purple by Alice Walker: explicit sexuality, profanity, violence, and portrayal of drug use

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: perceived profanity and its coverage of both suicide and sexuality

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut: sexually explicit, depraved, immoral, and anti-Christian

There are many more challenged and banned books than what is represented here - both classic and modern.  Come take a look at some of the banned book examples the library has on display.  Visit the library's Banned Books guide for a list of both classic and modern books that have been challenged and/or banned.  Read different viewpoints on banned books available in the Issues and Controversies database.  

Censorship leaves us in the dark - keep the light on by reading a banned book today!  


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