eSpotlight - Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Weeks - September 24-30, 2017

Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read, is quickly approaching. This event highlights the value of free and open access to information and brings together the entire book community in support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. Many libraries here in San José will be hosting displays for Banned Books Week featuring frequently challenged titles and we also have several titles available in eBook or eAudiobook format. Celebrate your freedom to read by checking out a Banned Book!

Most Challenged Books of 2016

Each year, the American Library Association (ALA)'s Office of Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of challenged books in libraries and schools. Several of 2016's top ten most challenged books are available in eBook or eAudiobook format in our collection:

This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki & Mariko TamakiDrama by Raina TelgemeierGeorge by Alex GinoTwo Boys Kissing by David LevithanLooking for Alaska by John GreenSex Criminals by Matt Fraction & Chip ZdarskyMaking Something Up: Stories You Can't UnreadEleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Frequently Challenged Books

Many classics and popular titles are featured on the lists from previous years. The current list and previous year's lists are all available to view on the ALA's Banned Books Week site. Here are a just a few:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman AlexieAre You There God? It's Me, Margaret. by Judy BlumeThe Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankFifty Shades of Grey by E.L. JamesThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldHarry Potter series by J.K. RowlingHop on Pop by Dr. SeussThe Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne CollinsI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya AngelouJames and the Giant Peach by Roald DahlThe Kite Runner by Khaled HosseiniThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Looking for More?

Banned Books Week Virtual ReadoutFind even more banned or challenged books by checking out the Banned Books Week eAudiobook collection at Hoopla or the Banned Books collection at BiblioBoard. Or if you'd like to learn more about Banned Books Week, visit our Literary Reference Center and EBSCO or take a look at articles and differing viewpoints on Opposing Viewpoints in Context.

Several San José Public Library branches are hosting Banned Books Week Virtual Readouts where you can record a video celebrating your freedom to read and learn more about Banned Books Week. Be sure to check out the full list of events to see if a nearby branch is hosting an event.

You can find these eResources and more on our eBooks & eMedia page and our eLearning page.

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