This is Banned Books Week, an annual observance to bring attention to the fact that there are still instances every year of people trying, and sometimes succeeding, to remove materials they find objectionable from libraries across the country.
Here are a few titles challenged over the last year:
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (recently made into a movie and now showing in theaters)
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
- Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
- 500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures by Elizabeth Martinez
Celebrate your freedom to decide what you read by a reading banned or challenged book ....If you need a suggestion, ask your Gavilan College Librarians. The Gavilan College Library is hosting a small display about Banned Books Week, and is a great place to check out a banned book!
For more information about Banned Books Week, go to http://bannedbooksweek.org/