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These titles in the library's collections have been challenged or banned in the past in various parts of the country. Reasons are listed below for each title.
A Stolen Life by
Call Number: B Dugard
Publication Date: 2011-07-12
"Drugs, smoking, and alcohol."
Saga, Vol. 1 by
Call Number: downloadable resource
Publication Date: 2012-10-10
"Age-inappropriate and propagates anti-family values."
The Handmaid's Tale by
Call Number: F Atwood
Publication Date: 1986-02-01
"sexually explicit and offensive to Christians."
The Kite Runner by
Call Number: F Hosseini
Publication Date: 2004-04-27
"desensitizes students to violence" and "depicts distrust between adults."
The Namesake by
Call Number: F Lahiri
Publication Date: 2003-09-16
"Explicit sexual references and language."
Call Number: F McEwan
Publication Date: 2002-03-12
"Poor grammar and sentence structure."
Call Number: F Morrison
Publication Date: 1988-09-01
“sexual material, violence and bestiality" and “too intense for teenage readers.”
The Color of Earth by
Call Number: GN Kim
Publication Date: 2009-03-31
"Nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group."
Top Ten Most Challenged Books Lists
"The American Library Association condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information. Every year, the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles a list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. The lists are based on information from media stories and voluntary challenge reports sent to OIF from communities across the United States...The Top Ten lists are only a snapshot of book challenges. Surveys indicate that 82-97% of book challenges – documented requests to remove materials from schools or libraries – remain unreported and receive no media.
Sometimes OIF receives information as the challenge is happening; other times OIF receives an online report years later. This affects the total number of challenges reported in any given year. Thus the Top Ten Most Challenged Books list should not be viewed as an exhaustive report."
American Library Association's Views on Privacy
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What's the difference between a challenge and a banning?
About Banned & Challenged Books
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. 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. Due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection.