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Celebrate your freedom to READ!


The following is taken from an article in the American Libraries Magazine, "50 Years of Intellectual Freedom." 

The 1980's were times of conflict and unrest.

In 1976, Steven Pico was one of five high school students who sued their school district for banning 11 books in their schools. The students claimed this violated their 1st Amendment rights. After 6 years, the Island Trees School District v. Pico (1982) Supreme Court case ruled that a school board should not be able to remove books because they did not approve of the books' contents.

Inspired by the drama of the 80's and this court ruling, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) displayed about 500 challenged books in padlocked metal cages at the 1982 BookExpo America trade show in Anaheim, California.

After the success of this display, ABA, the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), and the National Association of College Stores launched The Banned Books Week initiative. The initiative took off and here we are today--celebrating Banned Books Week during the last week of September!

2022's Most challenged books are here at Leeward Library!

Gender Queer: a memoir is the #1 most challenged book of 2022
All boys aren't blue : a memoir-manifesto is the #2 most challenged book of 2022
The bluest eye : a novel is the #3 most challenged book of 2022
Flamer is the #3 most challenged book of 2022
Looking for Alaska is the #5 most challenged book of 2022
The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian is the #8 most challenged book of 2022
Out of darkness is the #9 most challenged book of 2022
A court of mist and fury is the #10 most challenged book of 2022

The majority of titles in the top 10 are here at Leeward Community College Library! Click on the slide for more information about the title and its availability!

We also compiled a full list of titles that have made ALA's frequently challenged list throughout the years. You can browse this list by clicking the Banned or Challenged Titles at Leeward Library tab at the top of this guide.

Banned Books Podcast

Discussion between Leeward CC Student Life and instruction librarian, Natalie Kahn, about Banned Books Week. Learn about books that have been banned or challenged in the educational system, particularly LGBTQ+ books.

Leeward CC Book Club : Pick a Banned Book!

Banning Books is Bananas! We read banned books at Leeward Community College Library! Created by Susan Sammis, Wayde Oshiro, and An Hollowell

Leeward Community College's faculty, staff, and students will meet to discuss a banned book this semester, and YOU will determine the book we read! 

Select ONE book from the titles below that have been challenged or banned in various schools and libraries. Make your selection at

Gender queer : a memoirAll boys aren't blue : a memoir-manifestoFlamerThe magic fish Fun home : a family tragicomic

Currently registered Leeward CC students who provide their contact information will enter a drawing for a free Foodland gift card provided by ASUH.

Deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, October 13, 2023

More Information About Banned Books Week . . .