What Do These Books Have in Common?
They – and many more – have been challenged, banned and sometimes even burned, by communities or governments who were uncomfortable with the ideas, events or language they contained.
Banned Books Week, held annually at the end of September, celebrates the importance of the First Amendment and our freedom to read. These videos, and our corresponding Library displays, are designed to draw attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.
At the Arlington Public Library, you’re free to read everything – and to decide for yourself.
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
1984 by George Orwell
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene