Yearly List of Challenged and/or Banned Books
This brochure lists books challenged, restricted, removed, or banned in 2008-2009 as reported in the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom. Click on the link below to download a PDF.
Books Challenged and/or Banned – 2008-2009
Teen Read-In: Banned Books Week
7-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, Teen Area @ ICPL
Demonstrate your passion for reading! Join us for an hour of lounging around in the teen area with food, drinks and stacks and stacks of books and magazines. Help us to celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week!
The Iowa City Public Library is offering Banned Books Week buttons for sale through October 15. This year’s buttons feature the “Read Banned Books,” “Speak Your Mind” and “Know the First Amendment” slogans. Vintage buttons from past years are also for sale at the Circulation Desk for $1 each. Free BBW bookmarks are available at the Fiction Desk. Also near the Fiction Desk is a kiosk with books on display that have been challenged over the years.
About Banned Books Week
Observed since 1982, Banned Books Week, an annual American Library Association event, reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. BBW celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where the freedom to express oneself and the freedom to choose what opinions and viewpoints to consume are both met.
For more information on getting involved with “Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read,” visit ala.org/bbooks.