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Banned Book Week

September 21-28, 2002

Let Freedom Read! Read a Banned Book!

ALA Banned Book Week 2002 logo

For more information contact:
Mr. Ron Titus

Banned Book Links


Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2001-2002

  1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowlings
  2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  3. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  4. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  5. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
  6. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  7. Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  8. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
  9. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
  10. Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

From September 21 to September 28, 2002, 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 Let Freedom Read! Read a Banned Book! Visit the website or stop by the display near the Reference Desk in Drinko to see what has been challenged or banned over the past year. Contact Ron Titus at 696-6575 or library@marshall.edu with questions.

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 2002 Banned Books Resource Guide 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.

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