Banned Books Week is a celebration of the freedom of speech and the freedom to read. It is held annually during the last week in September. It celebrates the FREADOM to read and experience ideas even if others might not agree with them. We at CHB, as an independent bookstore, particularly value freedom of speech and the freedom of our customers to choose freely what to read! This week we're celebrating books that others have attempted to ban (or unfortunately, sometimes succeeded in banning), in the spirit of that freedom!
In true Banned Books Week spirit, we will be hosting a Banned Books Week Poll! We have questions, and we want to hear from our community and our customers! The poll is open from Monday, September 28th through Saturday, October 3rd. As a bonus, all participants in this week's poll will receive an "I Read Banned Books" sticker! We'll announce the results next week. Stop by the shop anytime this week to participate, or you can answer in the comments below or on social media! Happy reading!
For more information on Banned Books Week, visit the ALA Website.
This week's special Banned Books Week Poll Question: What is your favorite banned book? Make sure to cast your vote, and we'll announce the winning favorite next week! Need some ideas? Check out the list below for some popular banned books!
Reasons for banning: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence. Additional reasons: “depictions of bullying”
Reasons for banning: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age
Reasons for banning: gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint. Additional reasons: “politically, racially, and socially offensive,” “graphic depictions”
Reasons for banning: Sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “contains controversial issues”
Reasons for banning: Offensive language, unsuited to age group, violence
Reasons for banning: anti-family, occult/Satanism, religious viewpoint, violence
Reasons for banning: sexually explicit
Reasons for banning: depictions of adolescent drug use, suicide, and lethal injections
Reasons for banning: sexual content, inappropriate/graphic language
Reasons for banning: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit
Reasons for banning: racism