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Banned Books Week

PPL invites you to join the conversation on the importance of reading & the freedom of the First Amendment. Celebrate your freedom to read!

Every year, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom publishes statistics about censorship attempts in U.S. schools and libraries, compiled from public challenges in the news and confidential reports submitted to the office. Check out the most frequently challenged books of the year and ponder their offences.

Visit the PPL Blog and read our staff’s thoughts on their favorite banned and challenged books or explore this curated list of banned and challenged graphic novels to get the conversation started.

Continue the celebration of your intellectual freedom with our Banned Book Film Series Thursday evenings in September.

Upcoming Events:
Sep20
Banned Book Film Series: Precious
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors Based on the novel by Sapphire, featuring award winning performances by Gabourey Sidibe and Mo'Nique. Directed by Lee Daniels.
Sep27
Banned Book Film Series: No Country for Old Men
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Main Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Seniors Winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2008, this film by the Coen brothers is as controversial as the book that inspired it. Javier Bardem won an Oscar for his portrayal of a ruthless serial killer. Starring Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin.
Recent Posts:
Censorship: We Hate It
October 1, 2016 - Censorship takes many forms. Books may be banned or challenged, & so might films, TV shows and more.   more »
September Staff Picks: Banned or Challenged Books!
September 30, 2016 - September Staff Picks focus on Banned or Challenged books as we celebrate Banned Books Week.   more »
Intellectual Freedom
September 25, 2015 - What does intellectual freedom mean to you?   more »