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WL library recognizes Banned Books Week

The West Linn Public Library will hold Banned Book Week Sept. 30 through Oct. 6 in honor of the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.

Held during the last week of September, Banned Book Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted banning of books across the United States.

The library shared this list of the most challenged books in 2011:

1. “ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r” (series) by Lauren Myracle. Reasons: offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.

2. “The Color of Earth” (series) by Kim Dong Hwa. Reasons: nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.

3. “The Hunger Games” triology by Suzanne Collins. Reasons: anti-ethnic, anti-family, insensitivity, offensive language, occult/satanic, violence.

4. “My Mom’s Having a Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy” by Dori Hillestad Butler. Reasons: nudity, sex education, sexual explicit, unsuited to age group.

5. “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie. Reasons: offensive language, racism, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.

6. “Alice” (series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Reasons: nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint.

7. “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley. Reasons: insensitivity, nudity, racism, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit.

8. “What My Mother Doesn’t Know,” by Sonya Sones. Reasons: nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit.

9. “Gossip Girl” (series) by Cecily Von Ziegesar. Reasons: drugs, offensive language, sexually explicit.

10. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. Reasons: offensive language, racism.




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