Banned Books

A group to discuss banned or challenged books and related topics such as censorship, intellectual freedom, privacy issues within publishing, etc. Please keep discussion respectful and open to the opinions of others (which may not be the same as your own.)

We will focus each year on Banned Books Week, an annual USA-based celebration in September and October.

“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.”First Amendment of the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution

“Intellectual Freedom is the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. It provides for free access to all expressions of ideas through which any and all sides of a question, cause or movement may be explored. Intellectual freedom encompasses the freedom to hold, receive and disseminate ideas.”ALA Intellectual Freedom and Censorship Q & A

“Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.”—Article 3, ALA Library Bill of Rights

TopicTopicMessagesLast Message 
News Headlines6 unread / 6aspirit, Sunday 11:50pm
Banned Books Week 20204 unread / 4aspirit, April 20
Banned Books Week 20212 unread / 2aspirit, April 20
This one time I read...2 unread / 2aspirit, January 27
Group Announcement and Notes5 unread / 5aspirit, January 27
Library Closures13 unread / 13margaretbartley, November 2020
Library Closures2 unread / 2MarthaJeanne, September 2020
Challenged & Banned Comics1 unread / 1aspirit, August 2020
Banned by Amazon7 unread / 7margaretbartley, August 2020
Proposed Book Banning Bill in Missouri Could Imprison Librarians6 unread / 6lorax, January 2020
Banned Books Week 20191 unread / 1aspirit, September 2019
Kansas DOC's Banned Book List2 unread / 2aspirit, June 2019
Barcelona school removes 200 sexist children's books3 unread / 3cpg, April 2019
Whaaat?30 unread / 30aspirit, March 2019
George Orwell's classic novel 19842 unread / 2jojoasdwer123, January 2019
Banned Books Week: In 201710 unread / 10elenchus, January 2019
Why was Bridge to Terrebithia banned?14 unread / 14jojoasdwer123, January 2019
link to the ALA site in the group intro is invalid2 unread / 2lilithcat, October 2018
Kathy Acker’s Blood and Guts in High School, Plus Two4 unread / 4LolaWalser, September 2018
Banned Books Week 2018: September 23 - 291 unread / 1Karen5Lund, September 2018
Banned Books Week - 20161 unread / 1varielle, September 2016
Mein Kampf11 unread / 11MaureenRoy, June 2015
Banned Books Week 2014 : September 21 - 2723 unread / 23lquilter, October 2014
How many have?85 unread / 85mamzel, September 2014
Banning people in the library46 unread / 46weener, October 2013
Banned Books Week 2012 (Sept 30- Oct 6) ReadaThing?16 unread / 16Ameise1, October 2012
The satanic verses8 unread / 8LucindaLibri, October 2012
Banned Books Month 20124 unread / 4LucindaLibri, October 2012
Famous Authors’ Funniest Responses to Their Books Being Banned2 unread / 2Sandydog1, October 2012
what should be banned,censored,frowned upon by society,ect.?60 unread / 60LolaWalser, August 2012
Rohinton Mistry3 unread / 3LucindaLibri, July 2012
"My Brother Sam is Dead"1 unread / 1Kaylasreads, May 2012
The Golden Compass challenges?11 unread / 11sweeter, March 2012
Educational tools "When the Censor Comes"1 unread / 1Nickelini, March 2012
Book banning in practice.7 unread / 7Anager, January 2012
Banning/Burning and exercise in futility49 unread / 49JimThomson, December 2011
Banned Books Week 2011 -- 9/24-10/18 unread / 8theapparatus, September 2011
Chris Crutcher6 unread / 6DragonFreak, May 2011
Mark Twain in the News -- Again2 unread / 2rreis, January 2011
Brave New World Challenged in Seattle5 unread / 5lilithcat, November 2010
Would you censor your own child's reading?100 unread / 100Jesse_wiedinmyer, October 2010
Banned Books Week 201012 unread / 12kgriffith, October 2010
Pentagon Burns first run of controversial memoir15 unread / 15reading_fox, September 2010
Any idea how many you've read?60 unread / 60knfmn, August 2010
A Locker-Library of Banned Books11 unread / 11knfmn, July 2010
Obscenity v Pornography25 unread / 25bookmonk8888, June 2010
Bone Ban2 unread / 2lilithcat, April 2010
Toddler Book Banned in Texas5 unread / 5ZoharLaor, February 2010
Merriam Webster's 10th edition to be banned10 unread / 10bardsfingertips, February 2010
You are dictator. What will you ban?49 unread / 49Booksloth, January 2010
Which book would you pick?35 unread / 35brownellk, October 2009
Librarian's Response5 unread / 5lilithcat, October 2009
School Librarian in Norman, OK2 unread / 2jennieg, October 2009
Challenge (Banning) Map2 unread / 2clamairy, September 2009
Sensitivity - The New Banning?9 unread / 9stephmo, September 2009
Banned Book a week1 unread / 1yogajan, September 2009
did reading a banned book ever corrupt you?66 unread / 66CliffordDorset, September 2009
Banned Books vs. Required Reading47 unread / 47Amtep, August 2009
Child-torture stories: protected by 1st amendment?28 unread / 28skoobdo, July 2009
ALA's 2008 Most Frequently Challenged Books5 unread / 5PhoenixTerran, July 2009
This Year's Banned and Challenged Books46 unread / 46TLCrawford, June 2009
I just can't imagine...22 unread / 22Irieisa, June 2009
Banned Book Week11 unread / 11EKAnderson, June 2009
When quilts go bad: Jo Ann's Fabric bans quilting magazine!12 unread / 12Karen5Lund, May 2009
Is this child-safety law censorship?34 unread / 34FicusFan, April 2009
October 3 Washington Post Article22 unread / 22drbubbles, October 2008
Banned and Challenged Books LT Library123 unread / 123IaaS, October 2008
Don't want to get political.86 unread / 86MerryMary, October 2008
Banned Books Week10 unread / 10Karen5Lund, September 2008
Burning The Grapes of Wrath9 unread / 9Michael_P, September 2008
What?! A bookstore that exists JUST to ban books? (Cross posted from Green Dragon via Happy Heathens19 unread / 19stephmo, September 2008
ALA News -- book banning crazies72 unread / 72PortiaLong, September 2008
Reasons24 unread / 24Whatnot, August 2008
Beijing bans scary stories to protect young9 unread / 9twacorbies, August 2008
English PEN launches new wiki site on world literature & free speech...1 unread / 1deliriumslibrarian, August 2008
Joann Sfar3 unread / 3PhoenixTerran, August 2008
Backdoor attempt at censorship in Indiana13 unread / 13inkdrinker, July 2008
The Happy Endings Foundation22 unread / 22MerryMary, July 2008
Would my book be banned? What do you think?4 unread / 4RobinReardon, June 2008
Book Listers of the World UNITE!1 unread / 1thekoolaidmom, June 2008
Anastasia Krupnik? Really?6 unread / 6saraslibrary, June 2008
what should they ban(or what do you just plain hate)1 unread / 1NobodysGirl, April 2008
Oh, the irony...122 unread / 122Karen5Lund, February 2008
Banned Books Week Not Necessary?16 unread / 16OldSarge, December 2007
Old news I guess, but about Dark Horse Comics cancelling Gor...9 unread / 9jseger9000, November 2007
A book with the the group theme6 unread / 6jseger9000, November 2007
McCarthyism9 unread / 9nickhoonaloon, October 2007
Holy Scripture4 unread / 4EncompassedRunner, July 2007
Take the "Banned Book Challenge"3 unread / 3Kushana, June 2007
I need more money4 unread / 4nohrt4me, June 2007
Check this out21 unread / 21quicksylver_btg, May 2007
What Castro Won't Let His People Read2 unread / 2bookishbunny, February 2007
Cool stuff at the ALA store4 unread / 4Dydo, October 2006
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