Celebrate Our Freedom to Read

Banned Books Contest:
  • Each day this week, we will feature a title from the 1960s which was banned or challenged. The titles selected are all in our library and have won many literary awards. 
  • Your job is to figure out the title and author from the clues given.
  • There will be 3 clues for each title: one posted before the library opens; one posted at break and the final posted at lunch. 
  • You may enter the contest once daily.
  • The person that guesses the title and author first each day wins a prize. 
  •  The person guessing the most correctly and earliest in the days wins the grand prize.

Banned Book graphic by Jacob Rollins, 2009









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Banned Book Titles & Winners

Thursday's Title:
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Congratulations Winners:
Staff:  Sarah Amberg
Student:  Katie Procell

Wednesday's Title:
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Congratulations Winners:
Staff:  Patrick Bowers
Student:  Richard Williams

Tuesday's Title:
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Congratulations Winners:
Staff:  Sarah Amberg
Student:  Nicole Meeks

Monday's Title:

To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
Congratulations Winners:
Staff:  Sarah Amberg and Pat Bowers
Students:  Heidy Jimenez and Jocelyn Sacristan


 Books Challenged and/or Banned 2010/2011.  Have you read any of these?  Celebrate your freedom to do so.

Ten most farfetched (silliest, irrational, illogical) reasons to ban a book:

  1. “Encourages children to break dishes so they won’t have to dry them.” ( A Light in the Attic, by Shel Silverstien)
  2. “It caused a wave of rapes.” ( Arabian Nights, or Thousand and One Nights, anonymous)
  3. “If there is a possibility that something might be controversial, then why not eliminate it?” ( Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, by Dee Brown)
  4. “Tarzan was ‘living in sin’ with Jane.” ( Tarzan, by Edgar Rice Burroughs)
  5. “It is a real ‘downer.’” ( Diary of Anne Frank, by Anne Frank)
  6. “The basket carried by Little Red Riding Hood contained a bottle of wine, which condones the use of alcohol.” ( Little Red Riding Hood, by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm K. Grimm)
  7. “One bunny is white and the other is black and this ‘brainwashes’ readers into accepting miscegenation.” ( The Rabbit’s Wedding, by Garth Williams)
  8. “It is a religious book and public funds should not be used to purchase religious books.” ( Evangelical Commentary on the Bible, by Walter A. Elwell, ed.)
  9. “A female dog is called a bitch.” ( My Friend Flicka, by Mary O’Hara)
  10. “An unofficial version of the story of Noah’s Ark will confuse children.” ( Many Waters, by Madeleine C. L’Engle)