Did you know that there are hundreds of attempts to ban books each year in the United States? The Cedar Rapids Public Library is proud to participate in Banned Books Week, September 21 – 27, a national movement to remind Americans of the importance of preventing censorship and ensuring the freedom to read.
This year, the CRPL is challenging you to a #battleofthebanned in honor of Banned Books Week. Pick up a #battleofthebanned button at one of our two libraries and check out the display of just a few of the books that have been challenged. Take a photo of your favorite banned book, get creative, and share it on Instagram using the hashtags #notyouraveragelibrary and #battleofthebanned and be entered to win prizes.
Prizes will be given in the following categories: Best Overall Photo, Best Photo with a #battleofthebanned Button, and Best Photo with a Banned Book.
According to the American Library Association, the Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2013 reflects a range of themes and consists of the following titles:
- “Captain Underpants” (series), by Dav Pilkey.
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
- “The Bluest Eye,” by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
- “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie.
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
- “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E. L. James.
Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
- “The Hunger Games,” by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
- “A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl,” by Tanya Lee Stone
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
- “Looking for Alaska,” by John Green.
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
- “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
- “Bless Me Ultima,” by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
- “Bone” (series), by Jeff Smith
Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence
Show off your support of the freedom to read during Banned Books Week with the #battleofthebanned.
For more information on this and the Cedar Rapids Public Library, visit www.crlibrary.org or call 319.261.READ.