American Library Association @ WSU Book Club - Banned Books
In honor of Banned Books Week (9/27 – 10/3), the American Library Association @ Wayne State’s September book club is Banned Books Club! Anyone who wishes to participate can choose any banned book you want, and we will discuss the reasons these books have been banned/challenged over the years, whether or not they would have received similar criticisms if they had been published at different times, and try to identify passages that may have been specifically used to challenge the books.
We will have a running discussion throughout the month of September on our ALA @ WSU Book Club Microsoft Teams – use THIS LINK to join! [There may be a brief delay, as someone on the e-board needs to approve you to join, but we are all notified when a request comes so it never takes long!] *To receive Book Club notifications in Teams, click on the "..." in the upper right-hand corner, choose "Channel Notifications" and then turn them on.
We will have a virtual video discussion during Banned Books Week on Thursday, October 1, at 8 p.m. EST via Teams to wrap up this month’s book club and chat about our books, as well as overall issues of book banning and how we, as librarians, will address these challenges when they arise in our communities.
The ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom tracks challenges to books across the country. For lists of the top 10 challenged books from the last several years, you can check out those lists here. In 2019, the list was:
1. George by Alex Gino
2. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
3. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller
4. Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg, illustrated by Fiona Smyth
5. Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack, illustrated by Stevie Lewis
6. I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
7. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
8. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
9. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
10. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, illustrated by Henry Cole
The WSU ALA Student Chapter is a student organization dedicated to the promotion of libraries and the librarians who run them. They provide inclusive space and resources for the enhancement of Library and Information Science careers after graduation.