by Sarah Berry
Banned Books Week is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read any and all literature, without restriction. Books featured during the week-long event have been targeted to be removed from libraries and/or schools. While some have been banned or restricted successfully, the majority have remained available due to the efforts of readers, educators, and librarians.
To celebrate our freedom to read, head over to the Rohrbach Library and read one (or more!) of the books that have been banned or challenged.
Here’s a quick list of some of the banned books available at the Rohrbach Library:
- 1984 by George Orwell
Call Number: PR6029.R8 N49 1992
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Call Number: PS3551.N464 Z466 1970
- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Call Number: HV6533.K3 C3 2002
- Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Call Number: PR6045.A97 B7 1993
- Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
Call Number: BP223.Z8 L5716 1996eb
- Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Call Number PS3572.O5 C35 1963
- James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Call Number: F Dahl
- Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story of Afghanistan by Jeanette Winter
Call Number: 371.82 W734n, 2009
- Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Georgia Nicolson
Call Number: F Rennis
- Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam, illustrations by Lane Smith
Call Number: 811 M551h
Banned Books Week runs from September 25, 2016 to October 1, 2016. For more information, head to the American Library Association’s website.
Also on campus this week is a Banned Books Fair organized by the students in Alpha Beta Alpha. This event takes place from Sept. 28 – Oct. 1st at the KU Book Store. You can buy your favorite banned book, learn about censorship, and also get a mugshot taken of you reading a banned book. For more information about this event, go to ABA’s Facebook event page.