How many banned books have you read?

Celebrate the freedom to read!
The last week in September marks banned books week in the US. An annual event observed since 1982 the ALA (American Library Association) hopes that this week serves to remind all to celebrate and appreciate the rights of free speech and in particular the freedom to read. The ALA website provides a list of banned and challenged books. They define a challenge as an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. For more info check out the ALA’s Banned & Challenged Books site.
The CSU Library has many of the books from the ALA’s list of Banned and Challenged Classics. If you haven’t read them already now is a good time!
Click on the links to find these banned and challenged classics in the CSU Library catalogue

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, challenged in Eden
Valley, Minn. (1977) and temporarily banned due to language
used in the novel.


The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, since its publication, this title has been a favourite target of censors. In 1960, a teacher in Tulsa, Okla. was fired for assigning the book to an eleventh grade English class.

1984 by George Orwell, challenged in the Jackson County, FL
(1981) because Orwell’s novel is “pro-communist and
contained explicit sexual matter.” Source: 2004 Banned Books
Resource Guide by Robert P. Doyle.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, banned, but later reinstated
after community protests at the Windsor Forest High School in
Savannah, Ga. (2000).

Naked lunch by William S. Burroughs, found obscene in Boston,
Mass. Superior Court(1965). The finding was reversed by the
State Supreme Court the following year. Source: 2004 Banned
Books Resource Guide by Robert P. Doyle.

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