Banned Books Week 2013

Celebrate your freedom to read! Visit the library to check out books. Visit our YouTube channel to see SU Students reading passages from challenged novels and other books.
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Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Challenged in 1988 by two residents in Richmond, WA, who objected high school students reading it for class due to the book's portrayal of suicide, illicit sex, violence, and hopelessness.

Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Challenged in 1988 by two residents in Richmond, WA, who objected high school students reading it for class due to the book's portrayal of suicide, illicit sex, violence, and hopelessness.

In Alabama, this book was objected to in 1990 by parents of schoolchildren because it "dealt with New Age religion and sent a mixed signal to children about good and evil."

In Alabama, this book was objected to in 1990 by parents of schoolchildren because it "dealt with New Age religion and sent a mixed signal to children about good and evil."

Banned Books Week: Celebrate your freedom to read! Smith Library Center is observing Banned Books Week to make students, faculty, and staff aware that censorship is very real. There are always individuals and groups who will try to limit what we can and cannot read. Smith Library strives to make access to literature and  information as broad and unfettered as possible. We do not ban books nor do we condone censorship! Read a banned book today!

Banned Books Week: Celebrate your freedom to read! Smith Library Center is observing Banned Books Week to make students, faculty, and staff aware that censorship is very real. There are always individuals and groups who will try to limit what we can and cannot read. Smith Library strives to make access to literature and information as broad and unfettered as possible. We do not ban books nor do we condone censorship! Read a banned book today!

Alice Walker's classic novel has been challenged over its frank portrayal of two African-American sisters living  under the sexual and racial oppression of the 1930s Deep South.

Alice Walker's classic novel has been challenged over its frank portrayal of two African-American sisters living under the sexual and racial oppression of the 1930s Deep South.

One Hundred Years of Solitude was challenged in California in 1990. The complaint "asserted that the book was profane, vulgar, and sordid and was negative tot he Catholic church." The court settlement allowed the book to remain the library where the student of the parent who complained attended school; however, teachers were forbidden to  assign the book to students.

One Hundred Years of Solitude was challenged in California in 1990. The complaint "asserted that the book was profane, vulgar, and sordid and was negative tot he Catholic church." The court settlement allowed the book to remain the library where the student of the parent who complained attended school; however, teachers were forbidden to assign the book to students.

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Parents and students challenged the use of this book in middle school curriculum, characterizing parts of it as pornographic.

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Parents and students challenged the use of this book in middle school curriculum, characterizing parts of it as pornographic.

Oddly, Satrapi's graphic novel, Persepolis, faced no censorship fights until "March 2013, when Chicago Public Schools administrators abruptly pulled it from some classrooms. The circumstances surrounding the ban remain unclear to this day."  -- Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Oddly, Satrapi's graphic novel, Persepolis, faced no censorship fights until "March 2013, when Chicago Public Schools administrators abruptly pulled it from some classrooms. The circumstances surrounding the ban remain unclear to this day." -- Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini has been challenged when used as part of high school curriculum because of a rape scene and language considered too vulgar.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini has been challenged when used as part of high school curriculum because of a rape scene and language considered too vulgar.

Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. This book was challenged because of claims that the book "raised sexual issues without giving them moral resolution."

Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. This book was challenged because of claims that the book "raised sexual issues without giving them moral resolution."

The Grapes of Wrath had an electrifying impact upon publication in 1939, unleashing a political storm with its vision of America's dispossessed struggling for survival.

The Grapes of Wrath had an electrifying impact upon publication in 1939, unleashing a political storm with its vision of America's dispossessed struggling for survival.

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