Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is the annual celebration of our right to read whatever we choose. This year, Banned Books Week runs from September 27th to October 3rd and continues a tradition of honoring organizations that fight censorship while also highlighting books that have been challenged. Throughout history, books have been banned by both people in power and ordinary citizens to suppress the ideas inside them. These bans have happened in schools, prisons, and even libraries, and the books range from 1984 by George Orwell to Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. You can find our display of Adult books that have been banned throughout history in the lobby of the library near the New Nonfiction titles. Some of them are included in the list below. We encourage you to check out a book on this list to celebrate your freedom to read!

  1. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  2. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  3. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  4. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
  5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  6. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  7. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  8. Beartown by Fredrik Backman
  9. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  10. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  11. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  12. 1984 by George Orwell
  13. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  14. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  15. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  16. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  17. Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  18. Night by Elie Wiesel
  19. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  20. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  21. I know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  22. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  23. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  24. Cujo by Stephen King
  25. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides