Banned Books Week, September 18th - 24th

Banned Books Week graphic. Books unite us. Censorship divides us.
"Banning books give 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

Banned Books Week is September 18th – 24th. Many people are surprised to learn that books are still being banned in our country today, but In April 2022, nonprofit organization PEN America found that 1,586 book bans targeting 1,145 unique books had occurred in the past nine months. In fact, according to the New York Times, more books are being challenged today at a pace not seen for decades.

The most controversial books are banned mainly due to issues of race, sex, sexual orientation, and gender. But other reasons for banning books can include religion (including the Bible), talking animals, or just a plain dislike of the subject matter or author. Check out some of the most banned books of the last ten years that are in our collection.

Banned Books Week List

Cover of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou

An autobiography of the childhood and adolescence of a black girl in rural Arkansas, St. Louis, and San Francisco. She is a strong and sensitive young woman who endures and overcomes many horrors in her life. 

Book Length: 9 hours, 5 minutes
Digital Book Number: DB024959

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Cover of 1984 by George Orwell

1984

George Orwell

A satirical, frightening novel about a future time under a totalitarian regime, where the people believe ignorance is strength and war is peace. For high school and older readers.

Book Length: 11 hours, 15 minutes
Digital Book Number: DB034268

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Cover of The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank

A girl of fifteen kept this journal while living in hiding with other Jews in Amsterdam during the most oppressive years of World War II. Tender, tragic, and sometimes funny, it is a record of adolescence by an unusually articulate writer.

Book Length: 8 hours, 2 minutes
Digital Book Number: DB025864

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Cover of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas

When sixteen-year-old Starr Carter witnesses the fatal shooting by a police officer of her childhood best friend, Khalil, she is afraid to speak out. But remaining quiet and safe is difficult with rising tensions between the police and the community. Violence and strong language. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2017.

Book Length: 11 hours, 43 minutes
Digital Book Number: DB101117

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Cover of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

A Brave New World

Aldous Huxley

A satire of a technocratic future society in which people are rigidly classified and kept happy by a drug distributed by the government. A satire of a technocratic future society in which people are rigidly classified and kept happy by a drug distributed by the government.

Book Length: 7 hours, 5 minutes
Digital Book Number: DB013455

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Cover of The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stephen Chbosky

1991. High school freshman Charlie shares his observations in letters to someone he doesn't know. After befriending Patrick, who is gay, and Patrick's stepsister Sam, Charlie becomes more involved in the world around him. Young adult appeal. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 1999. 

Book Length: 6 hours, 22 minutes
Digital Book Number: DB075897

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