Find Most Challenged Books In Radnor Library

"The Hunger Games" is amongst the most challenged books.

The American Library Association (ALA) has released its annual list of the most frequently challenged library books of the year.

During the past year, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom received 326 reports of “attempts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves,” according to the ALA.

Many of the ten most frequently challenged books of 2011 can be found at the , including Alice, Gossip Girl and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

No books have been challenged in the three years that Kathy Mulroy has been director at Radnor Library. There is a process in place for challenges.

Mulroy said that people have informally questioned DVDs that include the "director's cut.”  Director's cuts are usually more raw and include material that does not make it into the theatrical release, she said.

10 Most Frequently Challenged Library Books of 2011

1)      ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series) by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: Offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

2)      The Color of Earth (series) by Kim Dong Hwa
Reasons: Nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

3)      The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: Anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence

4)      My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
Reasons: Nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

5)      The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

6)      Alice (series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Reasons: Nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint

7)      Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Reasons: Insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit

8)      What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
Reasons: Nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit

9)      Gossip Girl (series) by Cecily Von Ziegesar
Reasons: Drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit

10)  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Reasons: Offensive language; racism

Carl Rosin April 11, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Have books been challenged at RML?
Sam Strike April 12, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Not in the past three years, according to Kathy Mulroy.
Sam Strike April 12, 2012 at 12:46 AM
It happens to be my favorite book. Yes, there are things I find disturbing in it, but there's something about it that brings me back time and time again. If certain language in a book, which was accepted at the time it was written, later becomes offensive, do you not allow people to read it anymore? Curious what you all think...
Bill Nut April 12, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Radnor, surprisingly, has no banned books. Some of the books they simply dont have.
Anthony Wayne April 16, 2012 at 06:37 PM
“Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen": "Where they burn books, they will also ultimately burn people." Was but one of the comments made following the April 10, 1933 nazi organized book burning led by Joseph Goebbles. A crowd of 40,000 students sang and danced in celebration at the "cleansing".


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