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 An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

A history of the United States exploring the perspective of its indigenous peoples. Dunbar-Ortiz analyzes how native tribes actively resisted national expansion and examines the systematic destruction of the lives and cultures of the native civilizations present in North America before European colonization. Violence. 2014.

Book Length: 11 hours, 22 minutes
Digital Book Number: DB082383

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Cover of A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger

A Snake Falls to Earth

Darcie Little Badger

Nina, a Lipan Apache, lives in the real world and still believes in the old stories. Oli, a cottonmouth snake boy, lives in the Reflecting World. But a catastrophic event on Earth, and a strange sickness that befalls Oli's best friend, drive their worlds together in ways they haven't been in centuries. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2021.

Book Length: 11 hours, 22 minutes
Digital Book Number: DB082383

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Cover of Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Firekeeper’s Daughter

Angeline Boulley

Daunis, who is part Ojibwe, defers attending the University of Michigan to care for her mother. When Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, she reluctantly agrees to go undercover, drawing on her knowledge of chemistry and Ojibwe traditional medicine to track down the source of a new drug. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2021.

Book Length: 14 hours, 16 minutes
Digital Book Number: DB102762

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Cover of Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation argues that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgement and celebration of a reciprocal relationship with the world. Shares stories learned from her elders about the world around them and ways of approaching scientific inquiry. Commercial audiobook. 2013.

Book Length: 16 hours, 47 minutes
Digital Book Number: DB092274

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Cover of As Long as Grass Grows by Dina Gilio-Whitaker

As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock

Dina Gilio-Whitaker

Examination of the role of indigenous populations in the pursuit of environmental justice in the Americas from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century. Topics include explaining environmental justice theory, genocide, impacts of western expansion and the Industrial Revolution, sacred sites, and potential policies for the future. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

Book Length: 7 hours, 11 minutes
Digital Book Number: DB096474

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Cover of Native American Stories by Joseph Bruchac

Native American Stories

Joseph Bruchac

Native Americans view human relationships with nature in terms of family with the Earth as mother. This collection of tales and myths from various Native American groups focuses on this relationship. Chapter titles include "Creation," "Earth," "Wind and Weather," and "Plants and Animals." For junior and senior high and older readers

Book Length: 2 hours, 45 minutes
Digital Book Number: DB034361

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Fall 2022

The Fall 2022 issue of CtD features an update on outreach by TBS staff, news about a new locally-recorded South Carolina picture book, an interview with a TBS staff person, and lists of new digital and large print books available to patrons.  Updates to the Android and iOS BARD apps are also discussed.