Banned Book Week

September 27-October 3, 2015

ALA Banned Book Week 2015 logo

For more information contact:
Mr. Ron Titus

Banned Book Links

Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2014-2015

  1. The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  2. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  3. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  4. Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  5. It's Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
  6. Saga by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  7. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  9. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
  10. Drama by Raina Telgemeier

From September 27 to October 3, 2015, the Marshall University Libraries will be observing Banned Book Week with a display in the Drinko Library and an updated website. The theme this year is "Readstricted" Visit the website or stop by the display near the IT Service Desk in Drinko to see what has been challenged or banned over the past year. Contact Ron Titus at 696-6575 or with questions.

In conjunction with Banned Book Week, you can get your mugshot "Caught Reading a Banned Book" in Government Documents (Morrow Library) on Monday - September 28th and at South Charleston Campus Library on Tuesday and Wednesday - September 29th-30th.

Also, Marshall University Libraries and the ACLU of West Virginia have teamed up with Charleston, WV native and Peabody Award-winning producer Trey Kay for a very special event in celebration of Banned Books Week, September 27th through October 3rd.

Please join us September 30th, 2015 at 6:00 PM in the Drinko 402 Auditorium for a Listening Party and Panel Discussion about the Charleston Textbook Wars. We will be listening to excerpts from Trey's Us & Them Podcast followed by a panel discussion, exploring the differing viewpoints that lead to schools being bombed and buses hit by sniper fire in Kanawha County.

Banned Books Week (BBW) celebrates the freedom to choose and the freedom to express one's opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular, stressing the importance of ensuring the availability of those viewpoints to all who wish to read them. It is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the National Association of College Stores. It is endorsed by the Library of Congress' Center for the Book.

Material for this page was obtained from the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom and Books Challenged or Banned in 2014-2015 by Robert P. Doyle.

  • On these pages, a BANNED book has been removed from a library, classroom, etc.
  • A CHALLENGED book has been requested to be removed from a library, classroom, etc.

Site last modified July 8, 2015