Banned Book Week 2013

Carina Snow

News Editor


The Learning Resources Center will have a table display of banned and challenged books as part of the American Library Association’s 2013 Banned Book Week Sept. 22-28; Lois Lowry’s “The Giverwill be the feature selection.

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The LRC is promoting “The Giver” because the RSC Student Theatre Department will perform a production adapted by Eric Coble from Lowry’s book. Performances will be at the HB Atkinson Theatre on Sept. 19-22, and 26-29. Thursday to Saturday performances will begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Senior citizens, RSC students and faculty can attend the production for free. General admission tickets for the public are $5 and $3 for non-RSC students.

The Giver” has often been challenged or banned across the U.S., according to, for  “violent and sexual scenes, infanticide, euthanasia, and ‘sexual awakening’.”

Brad Robison, LRC special project librarian, said he found Lowry’s controversial novel, “The Giver,” very interesting. “I think the play is going to be pretty exciting,” he said.

The LRC will have a display table near the first floor entrance, which will include a bibliography of banned and challenged books, and some of these books will be available for browsing through, and checking out.

Robison said books are often challenged or banned for sexual or religious reasons. Books are also challenged for occult or taboo themes, violence, and topics related to illegal drug use, among many other reasons.  “There are a number of books, that for one reason or another, someone decided should not be read,” he said, “they may challenge it at a public library, or take it to a city council to complain.”

Challenged or banned books are often classics and best sellers. On The American Library Association’s list of the “Top 100 Challenged/Banned Books: 2000-2009,” the “Harry Potter” series is listed as number one. Others include “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky, and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” by Mark Twain.

“Most people are very supportive” of banned book week, Robison said. “Now of course there are the people who challenged [the books], and recommend books that should be banned or at least taken off the shelves,” he said.

Robison said Banned Book Week is essential to the campus community because it stresses the importance of constitutional First Amendment rights.


“Knowledge and information are how walls are broken down. Whether it be religion, race, or sexual orientation, it’s how these barriers are broken down,” Robison said. Students are encouraged to “read and keep an open mind,” he said.


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