Banned Books Week

 September 24 - October 1, 2011
Celebrating the freedom to read for 30 years

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

Banned Books Week is sponsored annually by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association and others to ensure that no one person or group dictates what others can read.

Click on any book cover to find out why the book is "dangerous"

Call of the Wild

Harry Potter Series


 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


The Diary of Anne Frank

Lord of The Rings

American Heritage Dictionary



The House of the Spirits

Daddy's Roommate



The Origin of Species

Holy Bible

So Far from the Bamboo Grove

Fahrenheit 451

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Olive's Ocean


How to Eat Fried Worms

Private Parts

A Clockwork Orange


The Drowning of Stephan Jones

The Golden Compass

Ordinary People

And Tango Makes Three


More Challenged or Banned Books

Banned Books at Maxwell Library

Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2010

Top 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books from 1990-2000

Most Frequently Challenged books of the 21st Century (2000-2009)


As long as I don’t write about the government, religion, politics, and other institutions, I am free to print anything.
Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais


Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever.

--Nadine Gordimer


Censorship, like charity, should begin at home; but unlike charity, it should end there.

--Clare Booth Luce


A censor is an expert in cutting remarks. A censor is a man who knows more than he thinks you ought to.

--Dr. Laurence Johnston Peter


Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself. It is the hallmark of an authoritarian regime.

--U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart


An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

--Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde


What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.

--Salman Rushdie


Where all men think alike, no one thinks very much

--Walter Lippman




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