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Banned and Challenged Books Week - Facilitated Discussion with Film Clips, 1L-103 (in person)

by Mark Aaron Polger on 2023-09-19T11:50:00-04:00 | 0 Comments

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Banned & Challenged Books Event


Library Theater, 1L-103


The CSI Library is pleased to invite you to a facilitated discussion on the implications of book bans and the dangers of censorship in both academic and public libraries. 

Please join us on Tuesday October 3, 2023 from 2:30pm-3:30pm in the Library theatre (1L-103) for an event in conjunction with Banned & Challenged Books Week, October 1-7, 2023, We hope to have a robust discussion and raise awareness on how public and academic libraries are responding. This is a CC CLUE event. A research guide has been created for Banned and Challenged Books Week and is updated throughout the year. 

The American Library Association (ALA) condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information. Every year, the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles a list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. Top 13 challenged books; GENDER QUEER by Maia Kobabe, ALL BOYS AREN’T BLUE by George M. Johnson, THE BLUEST EYE by Toni Morrison,  FLAMER by Mike Curato, LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky, LAWN BOY by Jonathan Evison, THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN by Sherman Alexie, OUT OF DARKNESS by Ashley Hope Perez, A COURT OF MIST AND FURY by Sarah J. Maas, CRANK by Ellen Hopkins, ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL by Jesse Andrews, THIS BOOK IS GAY by Juno Dawson

According to the ALA's OIF, there were 1,269 demands to censor library books in 2022 and there were 2,571 unique titles targeted for censorship, a 38% increase over the 1,858 unique titles targeted for censorship in 2021. Public libraries account for 48% of book challenges, 41% of school libraries experience book challenges, and only 1% of libraries in higher education experience book challenges (source: ALA OIF). Here (left side) are the top 13 book titles that were challenged, out of 1,269 challenges and 2,571 unique titles. Check out the 100 most challenged and banned books from 2000-2019.



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