Banned Books - September 30th- Save the Date!

Okay everyone, that time of year is back and the Somerville Public Library's annual banned books are back as well! On September 30th, please join us at the Somerville Public Library on 79 Highland Avenue for a virtual read-a-thon! Pick your favorite banned book and read an excerpt while the Somerville Media Center streams it live!

Titles, according to ALA, that have been most challenged in 2016 include:

  • This One Summer written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
    Reasons: challenged because it includes LGBT characters, drug use and profanity, and it was considered sexually explicit with mature themes
  • Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
    Reasons: challenged because it includes LGBT characters, was deemed sexually explicit, and was considered to have an offensive political viewpoint
  • George written by Alex Gino
    Reasons: challenged because it includes a transgender child, and the “sexuality was not appropriate at elementary levels
  • I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
    Reasons: challenged because it portrays a transgender child and because of language, sex education, and offensive viewpoints
  • Two Boys Kissing written by David Levithan
    Reasons: challenged because its cover has an image of two boys kissing, and it was considered to include sexually explicit LGBT content
  • Looking for Alaska written by John Green
    Reasons: challenged for a sexually explicit scene that may lead a student to sexual experimentation
  • Big Hard Sex Criminals written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky
    Reason: challenged because it was considered sexually explicit
  • Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread& written by Chuck Palahniuk
    Reasons: challenged for profanity, sexual explicitness, and being disgusting and all around offensive
  • Eleanor & Park written by Rainbow Rowell
    Reason: challenged for offensive language


If you're new to the this event this year, banned books is a celebration to promote the value of free information and free books. If you would like to read more, check out the ALA website on Banned Books Week 2017: September 24th - September 30th.

Stand up for your right to read! It's important.

If you would like to know more about this event, please contact the Somerville Public Library at 617-623-5000 ex. 2955.

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