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SCC Boyd Library Celebrates National Library Week
April 4, 2021
The theme for this year’s National Library Week (April 4-10, 2021), “Welcome to Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – and that everyone is welcome to use their services.
Stop in to see our display!
Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2019
The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 377 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2019. Of the 566 books that were targeted, here are the most challenged, along with the reasons cited for censoring the books:
- George by Alex Gino (YA Fiction PZ 7.1 .G566 Geo 2015)
Reasons: challenged, banned, restricted, and hidden to avoid controversy; for LGBTQIA+ content and a transgender character; because schools and libraries should not “put books in a child’s hand that require discussion”; for sexual references; and for conflicting with a religious viewpoint and “traditional family structure”
- Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin (Non Fiction HQ 77 .9 .K85 2014)
Reasons: challenged for LGBTQIA+ content, for “its effect on any young people who would read it,” and for concerns that it was sexually explicit and biased.
- A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller
Reasons: Challenged and vandalized for LGBTQIA+ content and political viewpoints, for concerns that it is “designed to pollute the morals of its readers,” and for not including a content warning.
- Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg, illustrated by Fiona Smyth (Non Fiction HQ 53 .S55 2015)
Reasons: Challenged, banned, and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content; for discussing gender identity and sex education; and for concerns that the title and illustrations were “inappropriate”.
- Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack, illustrated by Stevie Lewis
Reasons: Challenged and restricted for featuring a gay marriage and LGBTQIA+ content; for being “a deliberate attempt to indoctrinate young children” with the potential to cause confusion, curiosity, and gender dysphoria; and for conflicting with a religious viewpoint.
- I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
(Children’s Non-Fiction HQ 77.7 .H467 2014)
Reasons: Challenged and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content, for a transgender character, and for confronting a topic that is “sensitive, controversial, and politically charged”.
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (Fiction PR 9199 .3 .A8 H3 1986)
Reasons: Banned and challenged for profanity and for “vulgarity and sexual overtones”.
- Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier (YA)
Reasons: Challenged for LGBTQIA+ content and for concerns that it goes against “family values/morals”.
- Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (Fiction PR 6068 .O93)
Reasons: Banned and forbidden from discussion for referring to magic and witchcraft, for containing actual curses and spells, and for characters that use “nefarious means” to attain goals.
- And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson illustrated by Henry Cole
(Children’s Fiction PZ 10 .3 .R414 An 2005)
Reason: Challenged and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content.