Happening Right Now @ Lincoln Library
For our last day of Banned Books Week, here is a Hogwart's Digital Escape Room (from Sydney Krawiec, Youth Services Librarian at Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, PA), as the books in the Harry Potter series are some of the most challenged in the last 20+ years.
You don't need to have any Harry Potter knowledge to get through it, but you do need paper and something to write with.
Jason Reynolds, author of Long Way Down and All American Boys among many other wonderful books is the honorary chair of Banned Books Week 2021.
Take a look at his explanation of this year's theme: "Books Unite Us, Censorship Divides Us."
Here are the Top 10 Banned Books 2020 compiled by the American Library Association.
Interestingly, the ones that were the most challenged were titles that had to do with racial inequality and social justice, that's a little bit of a change from LGBTQIA+ titles and those addressing sexual matters, which are favorites for those individuals who are purveyors of censorship.
Check out previous years' Top 10 Banned Books at the ALA's site.
It's Banned Books Week!!
You may not realize it, but many of the books you grew up with and that you love have been "banned," that is challenged by a community that wanted those books taken out of circulation because of their content.
Some examples include the Harry Potter series, The Fault In Our Stars, The Hate U Give and Speak.
Watch the video below from PBS to find out more about some of the most "banned" books in "The Fiery History of Banned Books."