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Banned Book Week Celebrated At Ridgefield Library

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. ? Residents can learn about Ridgefield librarians' favorite controversial books in a video created for the Banned Books Week, the national campaign celebrating "banned" books.

For the past 30 years, the American Library Association has been working with libraries, bookstores and schools to ensure that children and adults have the freedom to read whatever they want.

This year, Banned Books Week started Sunday, Sept. 30, and runs through Oct. 6. As part of the celebration, libraries around the country are posting YouTube videos saying why their librarians read banned books. These include books that have actually been banned somewhere in the United States and those that people have tried to have removed from schools or libary shelves.   

According to Banned Books, the most-challenged titles of 2011 were:

  • "ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r" (series), by Lauren Myracle; reasons: offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.
  • "The Color of Earth" (series), by Kim Dong Hwa; reasons: nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.
  • "The Hunger Games" trilogy, by Suzanne Collins; reasons: anti-ethnic, anti-family, insensitivity, offensive language, occult/satanic; violence.
  • "My Mom's Having A Baby! A Kid's Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy," by Dori Hillestad Butler; reasons: nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.
  • "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," by Sherman Alexie; reasons: offensive language, racism, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.
  • "Alice" (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor; reasons: nudity, offensive language; religious viewpoint.
  • "Brave New World," by Aldous Huxley; reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit.
  • "What My Mother Doesn't Know," by Sonya Sones; reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit.
  • "Gossip Girl" (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar; reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit.
  • "To Kill a Mockingbird," by Harper Lee; reasons: offensive language; racism.

Have you read a banned book? Tell The Ridgefield Daily Voice about it and why you read it in the comments below or in an email to reporter Alissa Smith.

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