Tag Archives: Banned Books Week

80 Years in the Making: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s I’d Die for You

Gang, it’s Banned Books Week! Come on down to the library and pick yourself up a few banned/challenged titles and a “Stand Up for Your Right to Read” bookmark… Or, if you can’t make it in, add a Twibbon to your … Continue reading

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If we tell you not to touch, then we’re sure you can’t resist…

September marks when many libraries create displays to draw attention to books that have been challenged and/or banned over the years. Banned Books Week is September 25th through October 1st, but we’ve got a display in Center for the Reader … Continue reading

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Intriguing First Lines

Curious about some of the books that have made the Top 100 list of banned/challenged books? Here are a few first lines (to whet your appetite): “They’re out there. Black boys in white suits up before me to commit sex acts in … Continue reading

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Neil Gaiman on Reading Forbidden Books

One of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman, was interviewed recently in The Guardian, where he was asked (among other questions), “Do you remember reading any books as a child that were in some way disapproved of or forbidden? If yes, … Continue reading

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Focus on Young Adult Books

This year, young adult books are the focus of Banned Books Week 2015. It’s interesting to look at the books on the “most challenged” list and see which ones are contemporary young adult books and which are books that are … Continue reading

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The Lolita Lapse

Vladimir Nabokov is high up there on my list of favorite authors, though more for Pale Fire and Invitation to a Beheading than the infamous and oft-banned Lolita. Still, I’m as peeved as the next guy when it comes to the novel’s marketing, which … Continue reading

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The Lure of the Forbidden

There’s a definite allure to the forbidden, which we can all acknowledge. You’re told, “Don’t touch that,” and your hand reaches out. You’re told, “Don’t eat that extra cookie,” and it’s an instant craving. You see “this book has been banned or challenged,” … Continue reading

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September Displays in Center for the Reader

Every month, we change around the displays in Center for the Reader. This month, you’ll see a Banned Books display, a display of materials to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, and a display of books by author J.A. Jance, who will be visiting … Continue reading

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