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Celebrate Your Right to Read: Banned Books Week 2015  

On April 1, 1982, the first Banned Books Read Out was held on the steps of the New York Public Library. Challenge yourself & celebrate the freedom to produce, read & discuss an array of material during Banned Books week, & everyday!
Last Updated: Sep 29, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Banned Book Roll Call

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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Brave New World

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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The Things They Carried

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Lord of the Flies

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Nickel and Dimed

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Native Son

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Lady Chatterley's Lover

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Tropic of Cancer


Welcome to Banned Books Week: Celebrate your right to read!

Banned Books Week is an annual event and will be taking place throughout the United States during the week of September 28th- October 4th.  We have created this guide to help Howard Community College Students learn more about Banned Books, their right to read, and the importance of the First Amendment. On this guide, you will find information covering a variety of issues surrounding Banned Books including history, rationale, and links to useful websites.  We hope you enjoy, explore and learn something new!

To learn more about Banned Books, visit the American Library Association's Banned Book Week Website!



"Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light."

                        - Ezra Pound


ALA Banned Books Puppet Video

Watch as puppets misinterpret the meaning of Banned Books Week, trying to throw some books with objectionable content--including Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, The Joy of Cooking, and the phone book--out of the library, until Herb points out the error of their ways. This video is from the 2009 Banned Books Week.






Bill Moyers on Banned Books Week

View this video by Bill Moyers about Banned Books.  The video discusses why censorship is the biggest enemy of truth.


Banned Books Definition

September 27-October 4

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week.  BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings.  Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections.  Imagine how many more books might be challenged—and possibly banned or restricted—if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.


American Library Association. "Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read." n.d. Web. 29 Jul. 2011


Calendar of Events

  • Wednesday September 30thBanned Books on Parade:  Come view a variety of banned book presentations! Learn more about why books are banned.  11:00-2:00PM Duncan Hall Lobby.  Diversity Credit for Faculty and Staff!

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