LSU Libraries Exhibit on Intellectual Freedom
CELEBRATE YOUR FREEDOM TO READ! SEPTEMBER 21 -- 27, 2014  Banned Books Week



LSU Libraries will commemorate Banned Books Week with an exhibit in Education Resources, 227 Middleton Library. Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read, will be observed Sept. 21 - 27 by libraries, bookstores, schools, and others concerned with freedom of speech.Banned Books Week commemorates one of the most basic freedoms in a democratic society -- freedom from censorship. Since its inception in 1982, it has reminded us that while not every book is intended for every reader, each of us has the right to decide for ourselves.

Banned Books Week Announces Comics Focus.This year, Banned Books Week will shine light on banned and challenged comic books and graphic novels. Read the article from the Library Journal online.

Banned Books Week 2014 Celebrates Graphic Novels | Read the article from the Banned Books Week Web Page.

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) Releases “Banned Book Week Handbook” and New Series of Discussion GuidesFrequently Challenged Books

Frequently Challenged Books | Banned & Challenged Classics | Timeline: 30 Years of Liberating Literature |

Top Ten Challenged Books for 2013
  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
    Reasons
    : Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
    Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
    Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
    Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence
Top Ten Banned & Challenged Classics
  1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
  3. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  5. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
  6. Ulysses, by James Joyce
  7. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
  8. The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
  9. 1984, by George Orwell
  10. Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov



Education Resources/Exhibit Hours
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(LSU LIbraries will be closed during LSU Home Football Games)
Sunday: 2:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Please note: Library hours are subject to change due to events and resources. You can confirm hours by calling 578-2349 or 578-5652 or by checking the web page at http://lib.lsu.edu/hours/.
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