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Read or Listen to Banned Books!

In recognition of National Library Week and the announcement later today about the Most Challenged Books of 2019 by the American Library Association, our library assistant, Doug, has created a list of previously challenged or banned books that are available through Overdrive and the Libby app. Did you know that you can borrow from any consortium in the state of Massachusetts? You just need to add your card to their system. Instructions are located on our Facebook page – Partner Libraries or by checking out our blog post on Electronic Resources. Some of these are always available so check out OverDrive to borrow immediately or place a hold!

If you feel inspired to read or listen to a banned book, we encourage you to enjoy it!

The Color Purple Book Jacket

The Color Purple by Alice Walker: Challenged, rejected,or removed from libraries because of sexually explicit language its “troubling ideas about race relations

Lord of the Flies Book Jacket

The Lord of the Flies by William Golding:  Challenged because of lurid sexuality, defamatory statements about God, minorities, and the disabled, and “demoralizing inasmuch as it implies that man is little more than an animal (audio)

The Kite Runner Book Jacket

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: Challenged or banned because of its sexual violence, suspicion that it might promote Islam, and lead to terrorism. (audio)

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston: Challenged for language and explicitness (audio)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Book Jacket

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey: Challenged or banned because it glorifies criminal activity, “can corrupt juveniles” and contains descriptions of bizarre violence, torture, death, and human elimination.

The Lord of the Rings Book Jacket

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien recorded as being burned outside of a church because it, and other Tolkien novels, are satanic.

A Clockwork Orange Book Jacket

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess: Removed from classrooms and high schools for objectionable language. A bookseller in Utah was arrested for selling the work. Charges were dropped, but he was compelled to close his business and move. (audio)

13 Reasons Why Book Jacket

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher: Challenged or banned because it discusses teen suicide

Slaughterhouse-Five Book Jacket

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut: Challenged or banned because it makes reference to religious matters, contains violence and obsecene language, and its portrayal of women (audio)

Animal Farm Book Jacket

Animal Farm by George Orwell: Frequently challenged in the United States as a problem book because of its political content and Orwell has been characterized as a communist. Interestingly, it was also surpressed from an international book display in Moscow in 1977 (audio)

Beloved Book Jacket

Beloved by Toni Morrison: Challenged or banned because of its depictions of violence, racism, sex, and slavery. (audio)

To Kill a Mockingbird Book Jacket

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: Challenged and sometimes banned for numerous reasons, including language, racial themes, that it might do damage to the positive integration process, and upset black children who read it. (audio)

The Hate U Give Book Jacket

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: banned and challenged because it is ‘anti-cop’, for inappropriate language, sexual references, and depictions of drug use (audio)

Brave New World Book Jacket

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley: Challenged or removed because of themes of sexuality, drugs, and suicide. And once because the characters showed contempt for religion, marriage, and the family. (audio)

The King James Bible image

The Bible: In 2015, it was number 6 on the American Library Associations list of 10 most challenged books due to its religious viewpoint.  ( link to King James version)