“They still ban books?” Oh, yes…

From the Banned Books Week website:

There are hundreds of challenges to books in schools and libraries in the United States every year. According to the American Library Association (ALA), there were at least 460 in 2009; the ALA estimates that 70 to 80 percent are never reported.

This map is drawn from cases documented by ALA and the Kids’ Right to Read Project, a collaboration of the National Coalition Against Censorship and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. Details are available in ALA’s “Books Banned and Challenged 2007-2008,” and “Books Banned and Challenged 2008-2009,” and the “Kids’ Right to Read Project Report.

Source: http://bannedbooksweek.org/Mapofbookcensorship.html


2 Responses to “They still ban books?” Oh, yes…

  1. Andrew Keepers-Phillips says:

    I find it intriguing that Utah, a state with a reputation for conservatism, has no banned books in this time frame while the area around San Francisco, that bastion of liberalism, has seven cases of books being banned.

  2. occclibrary says:

    Not to single out Utah but I’m sure there are many states where incidences are not reported (i.e. not on tis map) as remember… “the ALA estimates that 70 to 80 percent are never reported”

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