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What are banned books and why does the library celebrate them?

by Becky C | Sep 27, 2017
Banned Books warning label courtesy of quirkbooks

Banned Books Week 2017


What are banned books?  In short, a banned book is something that someone, at some time, for some reason, decided you shouldn't read . . . ever. 

Why do librarians love banned books so much?  We cherish everyone's right to read whatever they want to read. 

Those are the short and simple answers.  Life is rarely simple, however.  Here's a look at some of the best posts As You Like It writers have published over the years, addressing the touchy issue of censorship.

Reading is your choice. 
Originally posted September 22, 2014.  Evan explores the reasons why libraries celebrate Banned Books Week.

Celebrate your freedom to read freely
Originally posted October 7, 2012.  Becky C shares a video from Bookman's which features individuals reading inspiring lines from frequently challenged books.

Don't take the freedom to read for granted. 
Originally posted October 1, 2012.  Evan shares his perspective of our freedom to read in the context of current events.



All generalism aside, here's a look at specific banned books that we've read -- and why we love them.


Challenged Books that have stayed with me. 
Originally posted September 23, 2014.  Carol C gives us mini-reviews of A Wrinkle in Time, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1984, Slaughterhouse Five, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, The Lord of the Rings, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Catch 22, Harry Potter, and The Hunger Games trilogy.

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt VonnegutOriginally posted October 2, 2012.  Cheryl M considers how Vonnegut's real-life experience as a POW during WWII led to writing this frequently challenged novel.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
.  Originally posted October 4, 2012.  Becky C declares her love for Atticus Finch in this review.  Beyond that, she considers the various objections to this title -- and why the offending details are necessary to the story.

Ulysses by James Joyce.
  Originally posted September 26, 2014.  David W considers this frequently challenged book one of the most "well crafted, beautiful, and important texts in western literature." That said, he focuses on the legal challenges this novel faced and why censorship is a slippery slope.



Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her favorite books are The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz and The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman..

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