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Banned Books Week



Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, this year from September 21-27, 2014. The event highlights the value of free and open access to information.

Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Read The Spirit website asks, “Do you know what book holds the top spot for the most frequently challenged and banned book?”

Here are five choices. All of them made the Top 10 list of most frequently challenged books in the last decade. Can you spot No. 1?

  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green

Shasta Public Library has a link to a list of the most frequently challenged books of the 21st century from the American Library Association.

On the other end of the spectrum Shasta Public Library is also drawing attention to National Literacy Month in September. California Library Literacy Services is celebrating 30 years of helping low-literate adults improve their reading through free programs at our public libraries. Find adult tutoring services at Shasta Public library by calling 530.245.7237.

I suppose if you could read this you would not need to make that call, but perhaps you can help out with tutoring!

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