Banned Books Week: Censorship


By Lisa M. Rabey
Systems & Web Librarian

Each year, hundreds of books are challenged across the U.S, and many of those challenges pull the books off the shelf for good. Nearly 80% of those challenges are never reported. In 2011, according to American Library Association, more than 300 books were removed from libraries for content objection ranging from violence, to nudity, to offensive language and even for something as benign as technical errors. Almost always, the challenge was initiated by a parent.

But why are the books challenged? Sometimes it can be for a religious disagreement, other times it can be for difference in political viewpoint. A recent, and rather publicized, case is Chicago Public Schools’ attempt to ban Persepolis (GRCC has volume 1 and 2 of Persepolis in the library), the award winning graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi of her childhood during the Iranian revolution, from the 7th grade classroom. According to the CPS spokesperson, it was found the content in Persepolis was not suitable for the 7th grade curriculum and as a compromise, had suggested of pulling the graphic novel from the classroom but leaving it in the library for students to read on their [Continue Reading]

Originally published at: Lisa @ GRCC