Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) sets aside the last week of September to create awareness of challenges to library or school materials, attempts of censorship, and banning of materials around the world.
Banned Books Week is an opportunity to encourage intellectual freedom in all capacities.
For more information about Banned Books Week, see the links in the box on the right, or ask your librarian
"A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. "
Source: ALA's page on banned & challenged books, http://www.ala.org/bbooks/about.
Hundreds of books are challenged in schools and libraries in the United States each year. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, while a banning reflects the actual removal of those materials. The American Library Association (ALA) provides confidential support to teachers and librarians and tracks challenges that occur.
This map is drawn from cases documented by ALA and the Kids' Right to Read Project, a collaboration of the National Coalition Against Censorship and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression.
In 2015, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was challenged by a parent of a L&N Stem Academy student, citing the book as pornographic. The controversy gained national attention nationally. The text was Pellissippi's 2012-2013 Common Book. There's a copy at each campus library to make it easy for everyone to get their hands on this challenged book!
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells--taken without her knowledge--became one of the most important tools in medicine. As Rebecca Skloot so brilliantly shows, the story of the Lacks family--past and present--is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.
Ask your Campus Librarian about upcoming events at Pellissippi for Banned Books Week - September 24-30!