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Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week

September 29–October 6, 2007

This is Banned Books Week. For some background information on what Banned Books Week is all about, when it started and who sponsors it, take a look at this American Library Association page. We don’t have any activities planned ourselves, although we have had in the past–and would love to do so again in the future if there was an upsurge of energy and interest on campus. In the meantime, we encourage you to read a banned book this week.

There are also a number of online activities in Second Life, MySpace, Facebook, and Flickr. Check-out additional American Library Association and Google Books BBW info.

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Read a Banned Book This Week

Banned Books Week

September 29–October 6, 2007

Read a banned or challenged book this Banned Books Week. Below are the “10 Most Challenged Books of 2006″according to the American Library Association. Nine out of the ten titles are either available in our InvestiGator Catalog or through Link+ and can be borrowed by SF State students, faculty, staff and some affiliated users.

  • And Tango Makes Three” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, for homosexuality, anti-family, and unsuited to age group;
  • “Gossip Girls” series by Cecily Von Ziegesar for homosexuality, sexual content, drugs, unsuited to age group, and offensive language;
  • Alice” series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor for sexual content and offensive language;
  • The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things” by Carolyn Mackler for sexual content, anti-family, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;
  • The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison for sexual content, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;
  • Scary Stories” series by Alvin Schwartz for occult/Satanism, unsuited to age group, violence, and insensitivity;
  • Athletic Shorts” by Chris Crutcher for homosexuality and offensive language.
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky for homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, and unsuited to age group
  • Beloved” by Toni Morrison for offensive language, sexual content, and unsuited to age group;
  • The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier for sexual content, offensive language, and violence.

Off the list this year, but on for several years past, are the “Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger, “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain.

For more information on book challenges and censorship, please visit the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom’s Banned Books Web site at

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