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Banned Books Week: Home

guide to banned book week activities at the library

The Library has a display of banned books throughout the years. A book is “challenged” when a person or group objects to the materials and attempts to remove or restrict their accessibility. A book is “banned” when this removal is successful. Libraries do not support the banning of books because it restricts access to information and opposes the freedom to read. Celebrate Banned Books Week with us!

Join us during Banned Book Week September 22nd - 28th for a week long marathon of movies. The films will be shown at 5:30 pm and refreshments will be provided! See below for details.

First Amendment Film Festival


Footloose is loosely based on the town of Elmore City, Oklahoma. This town banned dancing since its founding in 1898. Teenager Ren McCormack, from Chicago, moves to a small western town where he attempts to overturn the ban on dancing.

The Color Purple

17th on the American Library Association's list of most frequently challenged or banned books. The film tells the story of an African American girl named Celie Harris and shows the problems African American women faced during the early 20th century.

Bless Me Ultima

Based on the novel by Rudopho Anya, it is one of the top 10 most challenged books. A young man and an elderly medicine woman try to end the battle between good and evil that is waging out of control through their village.


Based on the novel Push by Sapphire, it was Challenged in a South Carolina school district  and pulled from middle schools in 2011. Pregnant by her own father for the second time, 16-year-old Claireece "Precious" Jones can't read or write and suffers abuse at the hands of her vicious mother.