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Banned Books Week 2016

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Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. The 2016 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 25 through October 1st.

This year's Banned Books Week is celebrating diversity. The American Library Association has “compiled a selection of books by diverse authors or containing diverse content that have been frequently challenged and/or banned.

The ALA website further explains, “While diversity is seldom given as a reason for a challenge, it seems, in fact, to be an underlying and unspoken factor. These challenged works are often about people and issues which include LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities—people or issues that, perhaps, challengers would prefer not to consider.”

2016 Banned Books Week partner, We Need Diverse Books (WNDB), is running a short story contest for one story from a previously unpublished diverse author to be included in a Young Adult WNDB Anthology titled LIFT OFF. The winner will also receive a payment of $1,000.00 US. For more information on the contest go to the We Need Diverse Books website. has put together a list of frequently challenged YA title from the past year. Find out if your favorite book has been banned or challenged by exploring the top ten lists of the 21st century.

Interested in participating in Banned Books Week, but don't know how? Consider joining many celebrities, libraries and bookstores across the country in the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out! For the fifth year in a row, readers from across the country and around the world will be able to participate virtually during Banned Books Week, Sept. 25 –October 1, 2016. Participants may proclaim the importance of the freedom to read by posting videos that will be featured on a dedicated Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out YouTube channel.

Learn more from the American Library Association on Banned Books Week

Watch a creative CART class video about banned books shot in CSUMB Library a few years ago!

Check out a banned book from the CSUMB Library! Here is a short sample of books on the ALA

Frequently Challenged Books with Diverse Content List:

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Alexie, S. , & Forney, E. (2007). The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian. New York: Little, Brown.

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X, M. , & Haley, A. (1992). The Autobiography of Malcolm X. New York: Ballantine Books.

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Rodriguez, L. (1994). Always Running : La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.. New York: Simon & Schuster.

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Danforth, E. (2012). The Miseducation of Cameron Post. New York: Balzer + Bray.


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