Banned Books Week 2007 RPI Library

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Banned Books Week 2007 RPI Library

  1. 1. Banned Books Week September 29–October 6, 2007! Free People Read Freely®!
  2. 2. Banned Books Week Banned Books Week emphasizes the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one's opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. ! American Library Association!
  3. 3. Banned Books Week Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year. Observed since 1982, the annual event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.!
  4. 4. Banned Books Week The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom received a total of 546 challenges last year. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness. ! According to Judith F. Krug, director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom, the number of challenges reflects only incidents reported, and for each reported, four or five remain unreported.!
  5. 5. Banned Books Week The top three reasons, in order, for challenging material are the material is considered to ! –  be “sexually explicit” ! –  contain “offensive language,” and ! –  be “unsuited to age group.” ! #The “10 Most Challenged Books of 2006” reflect a range of themes, and include ... !
  6. 6. Banned Books Week 1.“And Tango Makes Three” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, for homosexuality, anti-family, and unsuited to age group!
  7. 7. Banned Books Week 2.“Gossip Girls” series by Cecily Von Ziegesar for homosexuality, sexual content, drugs, unsuited to age group, and offensive language !
  8. 8. Banned Books Week 3.“Alice” series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor for sexual content and offensive language!
  9. 9. Banned Books Week 4.“The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things” by Carolyn Mackler for sexual content, anti-family, offensive language, and unsuited to age group !
  10. 10. Banned Books Week 5.“The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison for sexual content, offensive language, and unsuited to age group!
  11. 11. Banned Books Week 6.“Scary Stories” series by Alvin Schwartz for occult/ Satanism, unsuited to age group, violence, and insensitivity!
  12. 12. Banned Books Week 7.“Athletic Shorts” by Chris Crutcher for homosexuality and offensive language!
  13. 13. Banned Books Week 8.“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky for homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, and unsuited to age group!
  14. 14. Banned Books Week 9.“Beloved” by Toni Morrison for offensive language, sexual content, and unsuited to age group; and “Beloved” by Toni Morrison for offensive language, sexual content, and unsuited to age group !
  15. 15. Banned Books Week 10.“The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier for sexual content, offensive language, and violence!
  16. 16. Banned Books Week The most frequently challenged authors in 2005 were Judy Blume, Robert Cormier, Chris Crutcher, Robie Harris, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Toni Morrison, J. D. Salinger, Lois Lowry, Marilyn Reynolds, and Sonya Sones.!
  17. 17. Banned Books Week The most frequently challenged authors in 2004 were Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Robert Cormier, Judy Blume, Toni Morrison, Chris Lynch, Barbara Park, Gary Paulsen, Dav Pilkey, Maurice Sendak, and Sonya Sones. !
  18. 18. Banned Books Week The most frequently challenged authors in 2003 were Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, J. K. Rowling, Robert Cormier, Judy Blume, Katherine Paterson, John Steinbeck, Walter Dean Myers, Robie Harris, Stephen King, and Louise Rennison. !
  19. 19. Banned Books Week The most frequently challenged authors in 2002 were J.K. Rowling, Judy Blume, Robert Cormier, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Stephen King, Lois Duncan, S.E. Hinton, Alvin Schwartz, Maya Angelou, Roald Dahl, and Toni Morrison. !
  20. 20. Banned Books Week Top Ten Challenged Authors 1990 to 2004! •  1. Alvin Schwartz! •  2. Judy Blume! •  3. Robert Cormier! •  4. J.K. Rowling! •  5. Michael Willhoite! •  6. Katherine Paterson! •  7. Stephen King! •  8. Maya Angelou! •  9. R.L. Stine! •  10. John Steinbeck!

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