Sept. 22-28 is Banned Books Week, and the American Library Association and Plainfield Public Library are urging readers to check out books that have been challenged.
Banned Books Week started in 1982 and since then, more than 11,300 books have been challenged, according to the Banned Books Week website. The American Library Association reports that in 2012, 464 challenges were reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom.
These 10 books were the most challenged in 2012, according to the Banned Books Week website:
- "Captain Underpants" (series) by Dav Pilkey
- "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie
- "Thirteen Reasons Why" by Jay Asher
- "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James
- "And Tango Makes Three" by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
- "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini
- "Looking for Alaska" by John Green
- "Scary Stories" (series) by Alvin Schwartz
- "The Glass Castle" by Jeanette Walls
- "Beloved" by Toni Morrison
The Plainfield Public Library, 15025 S. Illinois St., has a display of books that have been challenged and banned through the years in other communities. Patrons are invited to stop in and see the display and check out a banned or challenged book today.