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It’s Banned Books Week!

Every year, the American Library Association dedicates a week to highlighting books that have been censored, challenged or outright banned to celebrate the freedom to read.

This year’s theme is Banning Books Silences Stories.

The ALA’s webiste notes that “by focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles lists of challenged books as reported in the media and submitted by librarians and teachers across the country.” See more at https://bannedbooksweek.org/.

The top three challenged books of 2017 were:

  • 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian written by Sherman Alexie
  • Drama a graphic novelwritten and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier

The librarians of Ursinus welcome and encourage a healthy discussion about censorship and book banning. An exhibit highlighting banned and challenged books throughout the years will be in our lobby display cases through October. Stop by and take a look!