Banned Books Week

September 20 - 27, 2003 - Let Freedom Read

Read a challenged book - it's your right as an American! Check out our Banned Books display across from the circulation desk for inspiration. Want more? The Chelmsford Public Library has copies of the 10 most frequently challenged titles for 2001:


Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone. Rowling, J.K. All of the Harry Potter titles were among the most often challenged in 2001.

Of Mice and Men. Steinbeck, John.

Alice in Rapture, Sort of. Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds, and other "Alice" novels by the same author.

The Chocolate War. Cormier, Robert.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Angelou, Maya.

Summer of My German Soldier. Greene, Bette.

Catcher in the Rye. Salinger, J. D.

Go Ask Alice. Anonymous.

Fallen Angels. Myers, Walter Dean.

Blood and Chocolate. Klause, Annette Curtis.

Relevent Websites

The Most Frequently Challenged Books for 2001, by the American Library Association (ALA).

The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-1999, also by ALA.

Banned Books and Censorship : Information and Resources, by Loyola University Chicago Libraries

Lawyer Resource Center: The First Amendment All about the freedom of speech and the challenges to it.

Free Expression Network a clearinghouse for the latest news on censorship attempts