Behind the curtain of Banned Books Week!

Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne (1960)

Banned/Challenged: Napa, CA; Parent group in Kansas; schools and libraries in Turkey, England, and Russia (2009).

Why: Talking animals was deemed an “insult to God” while some have cited inappropriate attire. Others go as far as saying there are Pro-Nazi, Anti-Muslim themes.

Find the library’s copy here (hint: it’s on the display): https://bethany.mplus.mnpals.net/vufind/Record/005517457

Behind the curtain of Banned Books Week!

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown (1960)

Banned: Wisconsin school district (1974)

Why: Controversial topic and critical tone. When the book was banned, a school official stated: “If there’s a possibility that something might be controversial, then why not eliminate it.”

Find the library’s copy here (hint: it’s on the display): https://bethany.mplus.mnpals.net/vufind/Record/006493861

Behind the curtain of Banned Books Week!

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (1954)

Banned/Challenged: Soviet Union; burned in Alamagordo, N.M (2001), banned in many schools and public libraries across the country

Why: Tolkien, a devote Catholic, created Middle-earth to reflect Christian views and bring Christian elements into fiction writing. However, his work was banned for being anti-Christian, and generally anti-religious. Some have even called his work “satanic.”

Find the library’s copy here (hint: it’s on the display): https://bethany.mplus.mnpals.net/vufind/Record/006275224