Among a list of books that have been banned, burned and challenged throughout American history are “The Great Gatsby,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Baptist College in Charleston in 1987 protested language and sexual references); “The Catcher in the Rye,” by JD Salinger (a teacher in Tulsa, Okla. was fired in 1960 for assigning the book to an eleventh grade English class); “The Grapes of Wrath,” by John Steinbeck (vulgar words, takes the Lord’s name in vain and has all kinds of profanity) and “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee (promotes racial hatred, racial division, racial separation, and promotes white supremacy).
Banned Books Week celebrates freedom to read. Libraries, publishers, teachers and readers spotlight controversial works during the final week of September, spotlighting attempts to censor books and unite to support the freedom to read and express ideas, even those unorthodox and unpopular. The 2018 theme is “Banning Books Silences Stories.”
The Globe Library has events planned Sept. 27 and 29.
“We’ll have a special display featuring banned books and challenged books for people to check out and explore,” said Globe Librarian Adrea Ricke. “And these books serve a dual purpose, as they are also the books featured in the Great American Read event. Sept. 27 will be a special ‘throwback Thursday’ at Globe Library: at 4:30 p.m. please join us for free popcorn and a screening of 1987 CBS Schoolbreak Special: ‘The Day They Came to Arrest the Book.’ And on the final day of ‘Banned Book Week’ Saturday Sept. 29 at noon we’ll discuss some of the books that have been banned or challenged, ones that are on the great American Read and have been turned into movies. One of these is ‘The Outsiders,’ and we’ll watch the PG-rated movie together.”
Connect with Ricke and preview other library events at facebook.com/GlobePublicLibrary
Banned Books Week is sponsored by organizations from American Library Association and American Booksellers Association to the American Society of Journalists and Authors; People for the American Way; and Project Censored.
The Globe Public Library is located at 339 S. Broad St.
For information, call 928-425-6111.