The Ellen Clarke Bertrand Library

Banned Books Week 2020

Banned Books Week

The freedom to read is essential in our democracy, and a fundamental tenet of our work as librarians, publishers, and information professionals. In this spirit of freedom, Bertrand Library invites to join us in celebrating Banned Books Week (9/25 - 10/3).

-Katherine Furlong, Executive Director, Research Services and Digital Scholarship

We Read Banned Books

Leslie Velz and The Grapes of Wrath
Bonnie Smith and The Glass Castle
Ken Flerlage and 1984
Isabella O'Neill and Ulysses
Ben Hoover and His Dark Materials Trilogy
Katherine Furlong and The Adventures of Captain Underpants
Michelle Johnson and The Sun Also Rises
Jason Snyder and Being There

John Rickard: James Joyce and the Scandal of Ulysses

On October 1, 2020, Professor Emeritus of English, John Rickard, gave a talk entitled "James Joyce and the Scandal of Ulysses" as part of Bertrand Library's Banned Books Week celebration.

What Are Banned Books?

Definitions of challenged and banned books

Why Books Are Banned or Challenged

Reasons books are banned or challenged

Who Initiates Challenges?

Who initiates challenges to the content of books

Where Challenges Occur

Where challenges to books take place

How Did 2019 Stack Up?

Censorship attempts in 2019

Top 10 Challenged Books in 2019

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Top 10 challenged books in 2019

Expressing Concern without Undermining the Freedom to Read

Dav Pilkey, creator of Captain Underpants, explains how people can express concern about the content of books without undermining others' freedom to read.

Read a Banned Book

Below is an abbreviated list of books from our library catalog that have been banned/challenged in at least one year during the twenty-first century. Many of them have been banned or challenged repeatedly over the years and decades!