Banned Books Week
September 22, 2010
This year Banned Books Week is September 25th – October 2, 2010. The purpose of Banned Books Week is to spread awareness of having free information in the library. I have always loved the library because it is a place of information – whether to find a good book to read, an audiobook to listen to, a movie to watch, or to find information on a subject that I want or need to learn more about. It is not always the classic item that is challenged or banned. Sometimes, it is some of the most popular items, too. One of the 2009 most challenged books, My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, was turned into a movie last year starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin.
According to the American Library Association (ALA), some of the 2009 most challenged books include:
1. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
2. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
3. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
4. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
Other books that the ALA lists as being either banned or challenged books include:
1. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
2. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
3. Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
4. Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Red Bridge Branch carries all these titles.