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Banned Book Week

September 20-27, 2003

Open Your Mind to a Banned Book!

ALA Banned Book Week 2003 logo

For more information contact:
Mr. Ron Titus

Banned Book Links


Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2002-2003

  1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowlings
  2. Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  3. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  4. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  5. Taming the Star Runner by S. E. Hinton
  6. The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
  7. The Adventures of Huck Finn by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  8. The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  9. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
  10. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

From September 20 to September 27, 2003, 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 Open Your Mind to 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 2003 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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