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Banned Books


What is Banned Books Week?

Launched in 1982, Banned Books Week draws attention to the problem of censorship and celebrates the freedom to read. This year, Banned Books Week will be held from September 30th to October 6th. Libraries and bookstores around the country are hosting events and creating displays of challenged books.


 What books have been banned and/or challenged?

Below, you will find a selected list of titles available at the John Jay Library that you can borrow.




1984, by George Orwell
Stacks –  PR6029 .R8 N647 2009
Challenged in Jackson County, Florida for its “pro-communist and… explicit sexual” content.

Beloved, by Toni Morrison
Stacks – PS3563 .O8749 B4 1987
Challenged for its violent and sexual content.

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Stacks - PR 6015 .U9 B65 1946
Frequently challenged because the work contains adults themes such as sex, drugs and suicide.

Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
Stacks - PS 3537 .T3234 O2 1970b
Banned and challenged because the work is “indecent” and contains “profanity”.

Native Son, by Richard Wright
Stacks - PS 3545 .R815 1991a (Early Works)
Challenged because of "sexually graphic and violent” content.

The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie
Stacks - PR6068 .U757 S27 1989
Banned in several countries for being critical of Islam.

Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
Reserve Room - 3 hour loan - PS3563 .O8749 S6
Complainants claim the books is "filth," "trash," and "repulsive."


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Banned Book Week Handout 2012


Where can I get more information?

For Event Listings and additional banned books, visit:
Banned Books Week
ALA Banned Books Week