Banned Books Week

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association

What do Catcher in the Rye, Captain Underpants, Of Where are books challenged?Mice and Men and Harry Potter have in common?  They are all books that have been targeted for removal or restrictions in libraries and schools.

Every year, there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from schools and libraries. Banned Books Week is an annual event that brings together the entire book community, including libraries, in celebrating the freedom to read.  This year, Banned Books Week is September 25 – October 1.


Banned & Challenged Books Available at the Library

According to the American Library Association (ALA), the titles included in the book list below are books that individuals and groups have attempted to remove from libraries and classrooms. Each one of these books are available for checkout at the Campbell County Public Library.

50 Banned & Challenged Books


Banned Books That Shaped America

The Library of Congress created an exhibit, “Books that Shaped America,” to spark a national conversation on books that have influenced American life.  Below is a slideshow of books from the exhibit that have been banned/challenged.


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    The dangerous and purportedly socialist views expressed in the book led to it being banned in Yugoslavia, East Germany, South Korea and Boston.