Monday, September 21, 2020 - 12:30pm

Challenged and Banned Books

Each year we join organizations like the American Library Association in honoring Banned Books Week (September 27 - October 3, 2020) as a celebration of intellectual freedom and free expression. Since 1982, Banned Books Week highlights historical and ongoing attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. The special week is an opportunity to educate the public about the harms of censorship.  

Even as certain book titles continue to get challenged throughout the country, most books remain accessible to the public thanks to the collective push for intellectual freedom by library staff, schools, teachers, parents, and others. 

Here are some recently challenged titles you can check out: 


Books at the library

eBooks on Axis360

Teen/Young Adult

Books at the library

eBooks on Libby


The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel 

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi 

If you'd like to see more, here are the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2019, as published by the ALA.