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Celebrate our Freedom to Read September 22-28

Banned Books Week '19Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in support of the freedom to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. 

The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been challenged in libraries or schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the dangers of censorship. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom tracks banned and challenged books in libraries. In 2018, they recorded 347 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services, naming a total of 483 books.

YDL is committed to reflecting the diversity of our community, and is proud to include many different viewpoints in our collections. Visit YDL-Whittaker September 22-28 for an intriguing display of challenged materials alongside quotes from writers sharing how they feel about their work being censored. While you’re there, take a banned books “mug shot” and celebrate your freedom of expression.

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Banned Books Week Read Aloud
Thursday, September 26, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
YDL-Whittaker, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti, MI, 48197, United States

Take a stand against censorship and help YDL celebrate our freedom to read. Join YDL's Senior Advisory Board and read aloud from frequently challenged and banned books.

Top Challenged Books of 2018

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Alexie, Sherman, 1966-

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

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Thirteen Reasons Why

Asher, Jay

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

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A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

Bundo, Marlon (Rabbit) author.

The story of a lonely bunny, Marlon Bundo, who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence, the Vice President of the United States, and the very special day when he met another boy bunny named Wesley that changed his life forever.

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Gino, Alex

A bright, bold debut about a girl who was born a boy, but refuses to let that stand in the way of her dream.

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Captain Underpants

Pilkey, Dav, 1966-

When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen.

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This Day in June

Pitman, Gayle E.

A picture book illustrating a Pride parade. The end matter serves as a primer on LGBT history and culture and explains the references made in the story.

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Skippyjon Jones

Schachner, Judith Byron

Skippyjon Jones is a Siamese cat with an overactive imagination who would rather be El Skippito, his Zorro-like alter ego.

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This One Summer

Tamaki, Mariko

Rose's latest summer at a beach lake house is overshadowed by her parents' constant arguments, her younger friend's secret sorrows, and the dangerous activities of older teens.

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Telgemeier, Raina

Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.

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The Hate U Give

Thomas, Angie author.

After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

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