Banned Books Week 

"Alexandria Banned Books Week," September 21-27, 2014, is part of an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the value of free and open access to information. The purpose of the week's activities is to engage the public, while raising awareness of the dangers of censorship and the need to defend intellectual freedom.


Did you know that The Grapes of Wrath, Animal Farm and The Picture of Dorian Gray were all banned? Barrett Branch in partnership with the Northern VA Fine Arts Association is hosting a Banned Book Read-Out at the Athenaeum (201 Prince Street) in Old Town on Thursday, September 25, at 7 p.m. Join Library Director Rose Dawson and others who will read from banned books.


For more information about Banned Books visit American Library Association Banned & Challenged Books and Banned Books that Shaped America.


 Banned Books Weeks Quiz 

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Celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 21-27, 2014!

The first 50 respondents to complete and submit this quiz will receive a Banned Books Week button and a copy of a real banned book. 


1. Banned Books make great movies! Which of the following films were adapted from Banned Books?
 The Hunger Games 
 The Giver 
 The Perks of Being a Wallflower 
 Their Eyes Were Watching God 
 All of the above 
 
 
2. How many books were challenged in 2013 as reported by the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association?
 307 
 110 
 544 
 922 
 
 
3. Which series of books was the most banned during 2000-2009 for a number of reasons but mostly because of its focus on magic?
 Lemony Snicket 
 Harry Potter 
 Nancy Drew 
 Percy Jackson  
 
 
4. Who wrote the moving autobiography and banned book "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"?
 Alice Walker 
 Toni Morrison 
 Maya Angelou 
 Anna Quindlen 
 
 
5. Which of these children’s authors had their books banned?
 Dav Pilkey 
 Katherine Patterson 
 Walter Dean Myers 
 Roald Dahl 
 All of the above 
 
 
6. Which one of Dr. Seuss’ books was banned because of its depiction of the logging industry as destroying the environment?
 Cat in the Hat 
 Green Eggs and Ham 
 The Lorax 
 Horton Hears a Who 
 
 
7. Which children’s superhero generated the most banned books?
 Superman 
 Spiderman 
 Captain Underpants 
 Batman 
 
 
8. This book by Ralph Ellison won the 1953 National Book Award for Fiction. It was banned from high school reading lists and schools in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Washington State, and North Carolina.
 Juneteenth 
 Invisible Man 
 Native Son 
 The Human Stain 
 
 
9. Since 1951 The Catcher in the Rye has been challenged and removed from libraries and schools across the country, but has endured because of its themes of teenage confusion, language, and rebellion. Who wrote it?
 E.L. James 
 J.K. Rowling 
 J.D. Salinger 
 J.R. Tolkien 
 
 
10. Which of these classics were banned or challenged at some time in the past?
 Moby Dick 
 The Great Gatsby 
 The Old Man and the Sea 
 The Grapes of Wrath 
 All of the above