Freedom to Read Week
Mount Prospect Public Library is here to help you celebrate your freedom to read by presenting specialty programming and sharing activities and resources about intellectual freedom. This week is about appreciating our freedom to seek and express ideas, and the importance of everyone having access to a diversity of viewpoints. The library’s celebration is in conjunction with the American Library Association (ALA) annual Banned Books Week, which spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. ALA’s week-long, nationwide event brings people together in support of free and open access to books and information.
- City Lit Theater Company Presents Books on the Chopping Block
- Enjoy a virtual presentation of dramatic readings from ALA’s list of the top 10 most challenged books from 2019. There will also be time for Q & A following the presentation.
- Thursday, October 1, 7-8 p.m. on Zoom
- Freedom to Read Book Club
- For grades 3-6. What are YOUR favorite books? Celebrate Freedom to Read Week with fun games and book sharing. We will also discuss the importance of access to books and your right to make your own reading choices.
- Thursday, October 1, 4:30-5 p.m.
- Click to register.
Guess the Book
“Banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight.”Stephen Chbosky
Stephen Chbosky, author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which is listed number ten on the list of 100 most banned books from the early 2000s, according to the American Library Association.
Can you figure out these other banned or challenged books from their quotes? Click on the quote to reveal the answer and then find e-books, movies, and more available to check out!
- About Banned Books Week
- Frequently Challenged Books
- Banned Books Q & A
- Ask Me Anything About Censorship, With Kristin Pekol
- Banned Books 101
Top 10 Challenged Books of 2019
The American Library Association tracked 377 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2019. Overall, 566 books were targeted. Here are the “Top 10 Most Challenged Books in 2019,” along with the reasons cited for censoring the books:
1. George by Alex Gino
Challenged, banned, restricted, and hidden to avoid controversy; for LGBTQIA+ content and a transgender character; because schools and libraries should not “put books in a child’s hand that require discussion”; for sexual references; and for conflicting with a religious viewpoint and “traditional family structure”
2. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
Challenged for LGBTQIA+ content, for “its effect on any young people who would read it,” and for concerns that it was sexually explicit and biased
3. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller
Challenged and vandalized for LGBTQIA+ content and political viewpoints, for concerns that it is “designed to pollute the morals of its readers,” and for not including a content warning
4. Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg, illustrated by Fiona Smyth
Challenged, banned, and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content; for discussing gender identity and sex education; and for concerns that the title and illustrations were “inappropriate”
5. Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack, illustrated by Stevie Lewis
Challenged and restricted for featuring a gay marriage and LGBTQIA+ content; for being “a deliberate attempt to indoctrinate young children” with the potential to cause confusion, curiosity, and gender dysphoria; and for conflicting with a religious viewpoint
6. I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
Challenged and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content, for a transgender character, and for confronting a topic that is “sensitive, controversial, and politically charged”
7. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Banned and challenged for profanity and for “vulgarity and sexual overtones”
8. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
Challenged for LGBTQIA+ content and for concerns that it goes against “family values/morals”
9. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Banned and forbidden from discussion for referring to magic and witchcraft, for containing actual curses and spells, and for characters that use “nefarious means” to attain goals
10. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, illustrated by Henry Cole
Challenged and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content