Banned Books Week : Sep 24 – Sep 30

From September 24 to September 30, 2017, the Mount Prospect Public Library will be observing Banned Book Week. The theme this year is “Words Have Power: Read A Banned Book”. Visit the website or stop by the display on the first floor to see what has been challenged or banned over the past year.

Banned Books Week (BBW) celebrates the freedom to choose and the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular, stressing the importance of ensuring the availability of those viewpoints to all who wish to read them. It is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the National Association of College Stores. It is endorsed by the Library of Congress’ Center for the Book.

Banned Books Chart 2015 – 2016

Book Author Adult/YA/Youth Call Number Sexually Explicit Unsuited for Age Group Inappropriate or Offensive Language Religious or Political Viewpoint Homosexuality Drugs and Drinking Violence Other
Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Alexie, Sherman YA YA Alexie, S. x x
Fun Home Bechdel, Alison Adult GRAPH Bechdel, A. x x
City of Thieves Benioff, David Adult AF Benioff, D. x x x
Perks of Being a Wallflower Chbosky, Stephen YA YA Chbosky, S. x x x Dist 214 in AH
Al Capone Does My Shirts Choldenko, Jennifer Youth JF/YA Choldenko, J. “perpetuates negative stereotypes by touting the infamous Al Capone”
Into the River Dawe, Ted YA YA Dawe, T. x x
This Book is Gay Dawson, James YA YA 306.766 Daw x
King & King DeHaan, Linda Youth E Haan, L. x x x
Death and the Maiden Dorfman, Ariel YA 812 Dor x x
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Foer, Jonathan Safran Adult AF Foer, J. x
Just One Day Forman, Gayle YA YA Forman, G. x x x
Sandman, Vol 2: The Doll’s House Gaiman, Neil Adult GRAPH Gaiman, N. “objectionable”
Looking for Alaska Green, John YA YA Green, J. x x
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime Haddon, Mark AF Haddon, M. x x
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Harper, Kathryn Youth NOF “indecent” illustrations
For Every Child a Better World Henson, Jim Youth NOF x x
Tintin in America Herge, George Remi Youth J GRAPH Herge x “racist”
Palomar: the Heartbreak Soup Stories Hernandez, Gilbert Adult GRAPH Hernandez, G. x
I Am Jazz Herthel, Jessica and Jennings, Jazz Youth E Herthel, J. x x
Glass Hopkins, Ellen YA YA Hopkins, E. x x x
Kite Runner Hosseini, Khaled Adult AF Hosseini, K. x x
The Disappearing Spoon Kean, Sam Youth 546 Kea x
My Princess Boy Kilodavis, Cheryl Youth PTJ 306.768 KIL x
Dead Poet’s Society Kleinbaum, N. H. Adult POL AF Kleinbaum, N. x “shows rebellion towards teachers”
The Namesake Lahiri, Jhumpa Adult AF Lahiri, J. x x
Cal MacLaverty, Bernard NOF x x
Daughter of the Forest Mariller, Juliet YA AF Marillier, J x x
Beloved Morrison, Toni Adult AF Morrison, T. x x x
The Things They Carried O’Brien, Tim Adult AF O’Brien, T. x x “complete garbage trash”
Little Egg Pardi, Francesca Youth NOF x
Amityville Perritano, John Youth J GRAPH, 133.122 Per x x
This Day In June Pittman, Gayle E. Youth E Pitman, G. x x
Persepolis Satrapi, Marjane YA GRAPH 955.054 Sat “objectionable”
Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Skloot, Rebecca Adult 616.0277 Skl “too much graphic information”
Of Mice and Men Steinbeck, John Adult AF Steinbeck, J. x
Art History: Eighteenth to Twenty-First Century Art Stokstad, Marilyn YA NOF x
Some Girls Are Summers, Courtney YA YA Summers, C. “dark, explicit content”
This One Summer Tamaki, Mariko and Jillian YA YA Graph Tamaki, M. x
Jean Has Two Moms Texier, Ophelie Youth NOF x
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Twain, Mark Youth/YA JF/YA Twain, M. x
Y: The Last Man Vaughan, Brian Adult GRAPH Vaughan, B. “objectionable”
Glass Castle Walls, Jeannette Adult B Walls, J. x x
Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq Winter, Jeanette Youth E Winter, J. x
Nasreen’s Secret School Winter, Jeanette Youth J 371.8234 WIN x x