6th Annual Banned Books Read Out


Yesterday was the Gingrich Library’s 6th Annual Banned Books Read Out. Soft pretzels were on hand to eat while listening to readers.Thank you to all who participated! Excerpts were read from the following banned/challenged books:

” The Handmaiden’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood

” Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein

” The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

” Fahrenheit 451″ by Ray Bradbury

” I am Jazz” by Jazz Jennings

” The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time” by Mark Haddon

” Nasreen’s Secret School” by Jeanette Winter

For pictures from the event see the Gingrich Library’s Instagram Page at :  https://www.instagram.com/albrightlibrary/




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A “Dirty Cowboy” gets a bath and then gets banned

Sometimes even children’s picture books can be subject to a challenge or ban. This was the case with the book ” The Dirty Cowboy” by Amy Timberlake.

” The Dirty Cowboy” is the story of a cowboy who decides he needs a bath. After bathing the cowboy’s dog does not recognize him. The dog known as Dawg refues to give the cowboy back his clothes. This forces the now naked cowboy to chase dawg around. While the cowboy is naked for most of the book his nakedness is disguised by cleverly placed objects.

According to the book ” Books Under Fire” the ” book was removed from the library at the W.C. Andrews Primary School in Portland, Texas, because the principal ” didn’t want the book in the library”( Scales 172). Locally the book was removed by a vote of 8-0 from the Annville-Cleona School District ( Scales 172).

For more information please see : Scales, Pat R. Books Under Fire: A Hit List of Banned and Challenged Children’s Books. Chicago: ALA Editions, An imprint of the American Library Association, 2015. Print. 

Also see :

‘The Dirty Cowboy’ mess is about a lot more than one book


Annville-Cleona School Board stays strong on decision to ban ‘The Dirty Cowboy’

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Why are books banned/challenged??

People often wonder on what grounds people  attempt to ban or challenge a book. There are many reasons. The ALA OIF has compiled an infographic that illustrates the different reasons. The most popular among them is ” sexually explicit”. Seven of the books on the ALA list of top ten banned/challenged books of 2016 were banned/challenged for that vague reason. For more information about banned books visit the ALA’s website.

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian to remain on shelf

Check out this challenge of Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. The book was challenged at the Sauk Prairie School in Wisconsin.  This title and many others will be available at the 6th Annual Banned Books Read-Out at the Gingrich Library. To see more information about this particular challenge click here.


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Banned Books Week

Hello Albrightians!

Today is the start of ALA’s Banned Books Week. The theme for this year is ” Our Right to Read”. The American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom( ALA OIF) tracks bans and challenges each year.  According to the ALA OIF there was ” an alarming 17% increase in book censhorship complaints in 2016. Since most challenges are not reported, the actual number is probably much higher” ( Jacoby).

To kick of Banned Books week the Gingrich Library will be highlighting specific cases of recent censorship on our blog and Facebook.

Students staff and faculty are encouraged to sign up to read out on Wednesday September 27th! Selections from several banned and challenged materials will be available along with refreshments!

For more information please see : http://library.albright.edu/c.php?g=117712&p=766512


* Jacoby, Maggie.  2017 Banned Books Week Celebrates Our Right to Read. ALA, Jun. 2017, http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/node/12963 . Accessed 31 July 2017.

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