Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It highlights the value of free and open access to information, and brings together the entire book community — librarians, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools around the world. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.
Some of the most popular Banned Books on the Media Center display are:
“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl
Why: A Colorado library banned the book because it embraced a “poor philosophy of life.” Additionally, since its publication in 1964, the book was under fire for comparing the Oompa Loompas to Africans. The characters’ descriptions were later changed in an edited version in 1988.
“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum
Why: All public libraries in Chicago banned the book because of its “ungodly” influence “for depicting women in strong leadership roles.” In 1957, the Detroit Public Library banned the book for having “no value for children of today.”
“Winnie-the-Pooh” by A. A. Milne
Why: Talking animals are somehow considered an “insult to god,” resulting in this book’s banning throughout random parts of the United States. Several institutions in Turkey and the UK have also banned the book, claiming that the character of Piglet is offensive to Muslims.
“Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson
Why: The book was banned from several classrooms in Pennsylvania on accounts of “profanity, disrespect for adults, and an elaborate fantasy world that might lead to confusion.” The book has also been banned by other schools for its use of the phrases “Oh Lord” and “Lord.”
Harry Potter (SERIES) - J. K. Rowling
Beginning with “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” published in 1997, this series of seven novels dominated both bestseller lists and the imaginations of readers across the globe. At the same time, controversy over magic and witchcraft in the stories prompted frequent book banning attempts, and even book burnings. In 2002, the books were proposed for removal, along with more than fifty other titles, by a teachers’ prayer group at the high school in Russell Springs, KY because they dealt with ghosts, cults, and witchcraft. That same year, a federal judge overturned restricted access to “Harry Potter” after parents of a Cedarville, AK fourth-grader filed a lawsuit challenging the requirement that students present written permission from a parent to borrow the books. The novels were originally challenged because they characterized authority as “stupid” and portrayed “good witches and good magic.”
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The Media Center aims to ensure that students are effective users of ideas and information. To achieve this goal the Media Center is constantly developing its collection of books, periodicals and electronic resources to meet the information needs of ISL students and faculty. The Media Center manager collaborates with other teachers, promotes reading and helps to resolve research questions.
The ISL Media Center has a collection of over 17 000 books for academic and recreational reading. Most resources may be borrowed or are available online both at school and from home.
Browse our collection online through Follett Destiny catalogue: https://islatvia.follettdestiny.com
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Media Center Manager