Public Reading of Banned Books, (Thursday, September 27)

September 21st, 2007

Come celebrate intellectual freedom with a public reading of banned literature. Local authors, media personalities and concerned community members will read selections from frequently-challenged titles. This event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Open Book Café, College Library (6:00-8:00pm). Banned Books Week is observed September 29-October 6, 2007.


Some of the most profound and inspiring works of literature have faced challenges to their access from groups or individuals who have felt threatened by their content. The American Library Association, Office of Intellectual Freedom maintains lists and press releases regarding these challenged titles.

Ten Most Challenged Books from 2006

Most Challenged Books of the 21st Century (2000-2005, so far)

Explore the Issues with the CCBC and Madison Public Library:

The CCBC (Cooperative Children’s Book Center) specializes in intellectual freedom issues—particularly related to children and teen access to works—and can supply support for librarians and teachers. Visit its Intellectual Freedom site: http://www.education.wisc.edu/ccbc/freedom/default.asp

Information from the Madison Public Library System: http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/calendar/september/bannedbooks.html

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