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Book Censorship, Challenges, and Bans

5 types of censorship

Believe it or not, books are still banned.
  • Five of the 10 titles on 2016's Top Ten list were removed from the location where the challenge took place. ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom finds that only 10% of challenges result in the removal of the book, thanks to the dedication of librarians, students, teachers, and other patrons who believe in the right to read.

The First Amendment of our Constitution guarantees all of us the freedom to read.
  • The Library Bill of Rights, a foundational document of the library profession, states libraries should challenge censorship and present all points of view, for the enlightenment of all people.

In 2016, for the first time in Top Ten history, a book was challenged solely because of its author.
  • Bill Cosby’s Little Bill series was challenged because of sexual allegations against the author.

Challenges continue to target LGBT material, and there is a rise in “sexually explicit” as a challenge category.
  • The Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles the Top Ten list by documenting public challenges (challenges that are reported in the media), as well as censorship reports submitted through the office’s reporting form.

 

All artwork, quotes, and statistics courtesy of the American Library Association, www.ala.org.