The Townsend Library Presents: Banned Book Week–September 22-28, 2013

NMSU-A Web Developer | September 9, 2013

Townsend Library invites you to read a passage from a banned or challenged book in recognition of Banned Book Week—September 22-28, 2013. I want to compile a series of audio recordings to be available from the library website. [We can videotape your performance if you like!] You may read from the work itself or you may just read a statement about why the work was challenged or banned in the first place! We have prepared statements for most works on the lists.

I am including a link to lists of Banned and Challenged Books.

You may also visit the Banned Books website, which is maintained by the American Library Association ( in partnership with the Office for Intellectual Freedom ( ).

We’d like to do the recording in our media studio, but if you can’t make it, call us and we can make other arrangements to get your dulcet tones recorded for posterity.  Don’t be shy, step up to the mic – you may even remain anonymous if you like.  Just you – in a room – with a book  – and recording equipment!   What could be easier???
To get you started I am including this quote directly from the Banned Books website (


According to the Office for Intellectual Freedom, at least 46 of the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century have been the target of ban attempts.

The titles below represent banned or challenged books on that list ( see the entire list here). For more information on why these books were challenged, visit challenged classics and the Banned Books Week Web site.

The titles not included may have been banned or challenged, but we have not received any reports on them. If you have information about the banning or challenging of these (or any) titles, please contact the Office for Intellectual Freedom.“  These are the first 5.


1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
3. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
5. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker


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