• Brittany Partington

What's the Deal? Banned Books Week

The Great Gatsby, Harry Potter series, 1984, Captain Underpants series, Gone with the Wind, The Lord of the Rings, Thirteen Reasons Why, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Huckleberry Finn, The Kite Runner, Looking for Alaska, A Stolen Life, Fifty Shades of Grey, The Hunger Games, The Holy Bible, Junie B. Jones series, Beloved.

What do all of the above books have in common?

They and so many more have been challenged or banned in some capacity for public consumption. Every year people or groups attempt to restrict or eliminate books from circulation. Common reasons given for this censorship are offensive language, inappropriate for age group, violence, racism, sexuality, gender and sexual orientation subject matter, and expression of religious views. However, many of these books prevail and remain available. Many even become best sellers and rise to the ranks of classical literature.

Banned Books Week started in 1982 and continues today as a national coalition to bring attention to current and historic attempts of censorship. Every year libraries, book sellers, authors, publishers, teachers, and book lovers alike come together during this week to celebrate the freedom to read. For more information on Banned Books Week, please visit

Having the freedom to read and the freedom to choose is one of the best gifts my parents ever gave me.” ― Judy Blume

Ready to say, "I read banned books?" The Newnan Carnegie has a large of selection of banned books ready for you to check out and enjoy. Come in soon!

September 22-28, 2019

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