Dale Libraries Celebrate Banned Books Week

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“Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak just because a baby can’t chew it.”  Mark Twain

This week is Banned Books Week.  Celebrate your freedom to read.

“Libraries value free and open access to information,” said Shelley Armstrong, Thomas Dale librarian. “Come check out the Banned Books display in both the main and west campus libraries.”

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Have you read a banned book?

The American Library Association tracked 354 challenges to library, school and university materials and services in 2017.  Of the 416 books that were challenged or banned in 2017, here are the top ten most challenged: 

  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • George by Alex Gino
  • Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
  • I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings