Langsdale Library is celebrating the freedom to read during Banned Books Week. In public and school libraries around the world, many books are challenged, banned or censored – 460 challenges were reported to Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2009. Most challenges are due to sexually explicit material, offensive language and violence.
We’re sponsoring the Banned Book Reading at Barnes & Noble bookstore café on Tuesday, September 28th from 11am-2pm. UB faculty and staff will be reading and discussing some of the most controversial books in America:
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
1984 by George Orwell
Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
Langsdale Library has these banned books and more – stop by to check a few out and celebrate Banned Books Week with us! To see the top 100 list of banned and challenged books in the past decade, visit the American Library Association’s website. What’s your favorite banned book?