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Friday, September 13, 2019

Banned Books Available at S. W. Smith Memorial Public Library

The S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library in Port Allegany, PA is celebrating the freedom to read by highlighting books that have been reported to the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom as challenged or banned in certain schools, universities, libraries, and communities. 

The display of books at the S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library includes books that have been historically banned and books that are currently being challenged by censorship attempts. 

The 2019 theme for Banned Books Week, September 22-28, is "Keep the Light on: Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark" and the S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library is keeping a lighted vigil on the Banned Books in the display. 

Patrons are welcome to support their freedom to read by checking out the books on the display. In 2018, the Office of Intellectual Freedom tracked 347 challenges to library, school, and university materials. The Top 11 Most Challenged Books for 2018 are:

George by Alex Gino: Reasons: banned, challenged, and relocated because it was believed to encourage children to clear browser history and change their bodies using hormones, and for mentioning “dirty magazines,” describing male anatomy, “creating confusion,” and including a transgender character
A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller
Reasons: banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ content, and for political and religious viewpoints
Captain Underpants series written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: series was challenged because it was perceived as encouraging disruptive behavior, while Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot was challenged for including a same-sex couple
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Reasons: banned and challenged because it was deemed “anti-cop,” and for profanity, drug use, and sexual references
Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
Reasons: banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ characters and themes
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Reasons: banned, challenged, and restricted for addressing teen suicide
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
Reasons: banned and challenged for profanity, sexual references, and certain illustrations
Skippyjon Jones series written and illustrated by Judy Schachner
Reason: challenged for depicting stereotypes of Mexican culture
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: banned and challenged for sexual references, profanity, violence, gambling, and underage drinking, and for its religious viewpoint
This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Kristyna Litten
Reason: challenged and burned for including LGBTQIA+ content
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Reason: challenged and burned for including LGBTQIA+ content


Anonymous said...

From the descriptions of some of these books they should be banned, and certainly not celebrated. If people cannot police themselves, someone must.

Anonymous said...

They should not be banned, just because you wish to be an ignorant, discriminating, bigot, does not mean others should not have the freedom to choose to read them if they so choose. What next will you start burning books such as they did in Nazi Germany simply because you do not like them? This is not the dark ages. If you do not like it, do not read it. It's as simple as that. If I do not like a certain genre of books, I don't ban them, I simply do not read them, nor do I bash them. Open your mind, do not be such a one dimensional thinker.

Anonymous said...

Who are you to tell me what not to read WTF.

Anonymous said...

2:27 who are you to tell people these books should be banned?? Its no different from what the other post stated towards you!

Anonymous said...

You probably are illiterate anyways 2:27. Illiterate means you are unable to read and write since you probably didn’t know that.

Anonymous said...

Here we go again! Lmao!

Anonymous said...

1:25...spoken like a true Nazi!

Anonymous said...

Oh you are a tough guy calling people names you sound like a trump kool-aid drinker

Anonymous said...

Come on folks, down right nasty people over some books!!!!!! Name calling isn’t necessary!!!! WOW !!! Each to their own !!!

Tony said...

1:25... Ya gotta remember ALL these posters are the same snow flake, libtards, that want books like Huckleberry Finn & Tom Sawyer, Where The Red Fern Grows,AND the BIBLE, all banned from school libraries. now tell me WHO the real nazis are. Our poor children are having this crap pushed on them by these idiots... no wonder they are acting out like they do, they can't even decide which bathroom they want to use.

Anonymous said...

If my kid brings one of them into my house, I'm gonna burn the damn thing.

Cass said...

Freedom to read is different from being forced to read a certain book with a one dimensional liberal ideal in school in an attempt to reclaim an election lost 3 years ago, then give you a failing grade if you don’t rshare the belief system of the book.

Anonymous said...

Readin is for city folk

Anonymous said...

Amen 7:40, couldn’t agree with you more, I would do the same thing !!!! Sick Sick Sick !!!!!