The Alameda Free Library will hold a banned book readathon on Thursday, September 29th from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the main library at 1550 Oak Street.
Readers of all ages and abilities are invited to come read for up to 30 minutes, and groups are welcome to read together.
The library will provide a large variety of books to choose from, or you may bring your own if you have a particular favorite.
Banned Books Week is an annual event, typically held during the last week of September, celebrating the freedom to read.
Those interested in finding out why a particular book was banned or challenged may consult a reference that will be available that explains the objections.
Here is the American Library Association’s list of top 10 challenged books for 2015.
1) Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
2) Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).
3) I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.
4) Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).
5) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).
6) The Holy Bible
Reasons: Religious viewpoint.
7) Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).
8) Habibi, by Craig Thompson
Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
9) Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.
10) Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).