Category Archives: Banned Books Week

Happening Now: Banned Books Week

Every year at the end of September, the American Library Association hosts Banned Books Week.  This week celebrates fights to preserve books which have been censored or removed from libraries – books like Fun Home or The Kite Runner.  Check … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week 2016: Diversity

The ALA Banned Books Week website and lists give us a “big picture” view of how often specific authors and works are challenged in America, but the lists don’t help us see how these challenges reflect larger issues in our society. This year, the ALA is focusing on diversity issues present in banned books lists. Continue reading

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Banned Books Week: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

This is the second book review for Banned Books Week 2015 from Gwen Osborne, Director of Public Affairs: Before her death last year at age 86, Maya Angelou had begun work on the eighth book in her multi-volume memoir. Angelou … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week: International Issues

While we are celebrating the American Library Association’s national “Banned Books Week” on our blog, the freedom to read is an international issue. Here’s an example: Newsweek reported Iran instituted a ban on all works by Paulo Coelho, the author of international bestsellers … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week: The Case of Mistaken Identity

Books and authors can be banned, challenged, or removed from reading lists for all kinds of reasons.  Many books have been found offensive because they mention drug use, profanity, or obscenities – and, in one recent case, mistaken identity. Bill … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week: Recent Challenges

The ALA Banned Books Week website and lists give us a “big picture” view of how often specific authors and works are challenged in America, but the lists don’t help us see how these challenges and bans occur in specific … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week: Toni Morrison

Suzanne Blaz, a staff member from the Chicago-Kent Law Offices, sent this contribution to commemorate Banned Books Week: No one uttered the word banned, but certain books assigned at my school were ‘objected’ to. More often than not, the book … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week: Fallen Angels

Review from CK staff member Gwen Osborne: Fallen Angels is Walter Dean Myers’ eye-averting young adult novel about dreams deferred and the realities of war. Continue reading

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Banned Books Week 2015: Share A Favorite!

We want your book reviews! For Banned Books Week 2015 we want to show the value of intellectual freedom and celebrate the freedom to read within the Chicago-Kent community. Send us your story of a banned book that has influenced you personally, perhaps one … Continue reading

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Welcome to Banned Books Week!

This week the Library’s blog posts will be devoted to the freedom to read as we celebrate all types of literary work during Banned Books Week, which begins today. The American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom established this annual … Continue reading

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