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September 25 - October 2 is Banned Books Week, sponsored by the American Library Association. Banned Books Week calls attention to issues of censorship while celebrating the freedom to read.

Tonight--Wednesday, September 29--the Free Library will host a Banned Books reading at 7:30 p.m. in the Parkway Central Library's Montgomery Auditorium, in partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union. Tonight's Banned Books celebration will be emceed by performance poet, Lamont Dixon, and guest readers will read selections from frequently banned books. These guest readers include famed folk musician John Wesley Harding; local authors Greg Frost, Merrie Jones, and Dennis Tafoya; Scribe Video founder Louis Massiah; and “Philly Poe Guy” Ed Pettit. The Banned Books program will also include a discussion of the controversy over banned books and the freedom to read.

In honor of Banned Books Week, the American Library Association lists the top 10 most frequently challenged books of 2009.

1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: drugs, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

2. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: homosexuality

3. The Perks of Being A Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: anti-family, drugs, homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited to age group

4. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Reasons: offensive language, racism, unsuited to age group

5. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

6. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

7. My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult
Reasons: homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

8. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

9. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

10. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
Reasons: nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

You can also check out the ALA's full list of the most frequently banned books from 2000-2009. Do any of your favorites appear?

Tags: Banned Books, Events at the Library, reading

Cover of <i>ttyl</i> by Lauren Myracle
Cover of ttyl by Lauren Myracle
Cover of <i>And Tango Makes Three</i> by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Cover of And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
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Sat, October 02, 2010
hese guest readers include famed folk musician John Wesley Harding; local authors Greg Frost, Merrie Jones, and Dennis Tafoya; Scribe Video founder Louis Massiah; and "Philly Poe Guy" Ed Pettit.
princyroger -
Thu, December 02, 2010
catcher in the rye is so tame&lame but an ok quickread !
leo denis - philly centerc
Wed, June 22, 2011
This IS THE MOST STUPID THING I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY ENTIRE LIFE!!!!!!! AND I THOUGHT I SAW THE DUMBEST ASSES UNTILL THIS!!!!!! BOO
Robert C VanHorn - SouthPhilly
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