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Celebrate Your Freedom To Read–Banned Books Week September 23–30 September 22, 2006

Posted by sharynheili in Uncategorized.

Banned Books Week

It’s that time of year–time to reflect on intellectual freedom–the freedom to read–the freedom to challenge and open our minds to all sorts of possibilities. Libraries protect intellectual freedom and are open and available to all regardless of race, creed, political affiliations, or economic status–free to gaze, to ponder and to marvel, to pursue and to dream, to reach the stars. And librarians, like me, are proud to say, I am a librarian. I defend and celebrate intellectual freedom. I help libraries make a difference in people’s lives. A list follows of the ten most challenged books in 2005 according to the American Library Association.

The 10 Most Challenged Books of 2005 are:

  • “It’s Perfectly Normal” for homosexuality, nudity, sex education, religious viewpoint, abortion and being unsuited to age group;
  • “Forever” by Judy Blume for sexual content and offensive language;
  • “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger for sexual content, offensive language and being unsuited to age group;
  • “The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier for sexual content and offensive language;
  • “Whale Talk” by Chris Crutcher for racism and offensive language;
  • “Detour for Emmy” by Marilyn Reynolds for sexual content;
  • “What My Mother Doesn’t Know” by Sonya Sones for sexual content and being unsuited to age group;
  • Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey for anti-family content, being unsuited to age group and violence;
  • “Crazy Lady!” by Jane Leslie Conly for offensive language; and
  • “It’s So Amazing! A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families” by Robie H. Harris for sex education and sexual content.

Celebrate! Read a banned book!




1. Patrick Hills - October 12, 2006

Don’t you know? No one should be allowed to learn or talk about sexuality. Oh, and sexual situations? THOSE DON’T HAPPEN. Homosexuals? SO very scary. If we let them roam free they will infect Our Children with their sinful ways. If you read about sex, perhaps that will entice you to go try it out yourself… even better to do so without any education on the matter. There shalt be no guns or violence in our books, movies, or television shows. Children who play video games and listen to loud and obnoxious music shoot up schools. Ban all of that. Now, if you would like to speak on the side of the so-called “Moral Majority” then by all means, enjoy your First Amendments and Civil Liberties.

I am sure many who would like to ban guns from television and games are the same ones who swear they will die so they may keep their real killing tools.


Of course I’m being facetious. Still. It kind of scares me to know that a vast majority or those challenged books have something to do with sex. Of course I don’t know nearly as much societies other than this American one… but I never understood why sexuality was never to be spoken of, written about, or seen in any way shape or form. How is it immoral to learn about your body?

More appropriately for this election season: how does a marriage between a man and a man denegrate a heterosexual marriage? How does that cheapen the sanctity of marriage when a projected 40 to 50 percent of heterosexual couples get divorced anyway?

I digress… anyway…

The “problem” with a free and open society is that sometimes things you read may offend you or challenge your viewpoints. The beauty of said problem? You may turn right around and write or talk about how horrible those viewpoints, books or articles are. Nice, eh?


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