Yes, books are still banned. Five of the 10 titles on the American Library Association’s Top Ten list of challenged books in 2016 were removed from the location where the challenge took place. On average, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom finds that 10% of challenges result in the removal of the book.
As librarians are strong advocates for intellectual freedom, we set aside a week in September each year to discuss this very important topic. Banned Book Week this year is September 24 – 30.
The Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles the Top Ten list by documenting public challenges (challenges that are reported in the media), as well as censorship reports submitted through the office’s reporting form.
Out of 323 challenges reported to the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2016 are displayed below. Interested in reading a banned book? Stop by the library and check out our display of current and past banned books available for checkout.