What is Banned Books Week?
"The books featured here have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read."
- American Library Association
Staff favorites from the Books Banned or Challenged Books List
Karen, Nickel and Dimed: on Not Getting By in America
“Author Barbara Ehrenreich, went undercover working a variety of minimum wage paying jobs to see if she could live on what she was earning. The results will shock and sadden you. This book makes you realize how easy it would be to slip to the poverty level by simply losing your job or having a large unexpected medical bill. Nickel and Dimed: on Not Getting By in America is a very important book that will make you pause and think.”
Crystal, The Color Purple
“Just a handful of books have moved me to tears. To think that readers might be denied the lyrical beauty of this novel saddens me.”
Lindsey, Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban
“I read the 3rd Harry Potter (Prisoner of Azkaban) first. I was a couple of months out of college with absolutely no idea what I was going to do with my life. I remember reading it on my bus ride back and forth to a job that I was overqualified for and I despised. I then went back and read the first two books in the series in a day and a half. It made me remember how much I loved to read children’s books. I began thinking of ways to combine my love of children’s literature with my theatre degree when I saw a job posting for a Children’s Library Associate that said, “must love children’s books and storytelling experience recommended.” That was almost 12 years ago and now I am the manager of the best children’s department in the country...And I’m not at all biased.”
Check out last year's list of banned or challeneged books. Do you see one of your favorites on the list?