UNCENSORED: Banned Books Week 2015

UNCENSORED: Banned Books Week 2015

Banned Books Week events run Sept. 27 to Oct 3rd

Defend the Freedom to Read

Join the DC Public Library for Banned Books Week as we celebrate the freedom to read, express and create.

Launched in 1982 in response to a surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries, Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read.

Every year, the DC Public Library joins hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country in drawing attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events.

You can check our Pinterest page all year long for information about some of our favorite banned books!

Here is a selection of some of this year's programs for Banned Book Week. Find more programs at your library on our calendar.

Events for Children:

Reader's Theatre featuring Uncle Bobby's Wedding
Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 at Mt. Pleasant Library, 4 p.m.

Events for Teens:

Black Out Poetry
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015 at Northwest One Library, 6 p.m.
Crossing out words is a form of censorship, but for purposes of black-out poetry, it’s a form of art. Using newspaper and magazine clippings, use a permanent marker to cross out words and leave the words showing that will create your own poem.

Events for Adults:

To Kill a Mockingbird Book Discussion, part of Books and Bars
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 at Gordon Biersch Restaurant, 900 F St. NW., 7 p.m.

Kaffir Boy Discussion, part of History/Biography Book Club
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 at Shepherd Park Library, 7 p.m.


The 10 most frequently challenged books of 2014 were:

1)      The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

Reasons: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence, depictions of bullying.

2)      Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi

Reasons: gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint, politically, racially, and socially offensive and graphic depictions.

3)      And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

Reasons: Anti-family, homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint and unsuited for age group.

4)      The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison

Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited for age group andcontains controversial issues.

5)      It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris

Reasons: Nudity, sex education, sexually explicit and unsuited to age group.

6)      Saga, by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Reasons: Anti-Family, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit and unsuited for age group. 

7)      The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited to age group and depictions of violence.

8)      The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit and unsuited for age group.

9)      A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard

Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, sexually explicit and unsuited for age group

10)  Drama, by Raina Telgemeier

Reasons: sexually explicit.

(List via the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom)