Published on September 23rd, 2018 | by Millennium Magazine Staff



Columbia, SC– Celebrate the freedom to read with Richland Library. We’re joining other libraries, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers and readers across the country to mark Banned Books Week, which until September 29.

You may be surprised to find out which books have been challenged or banned. Some of these books are considered “must reads.” Others may have been part of class assignments in high school or college.

Our Research and Readers’ Advisory Department is sharing 20 classics that have been challenged or banned, primarily due to charges of profanity, racism, sexual references or violence. See how many you have read.

  1. A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
  2. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
  3. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
  4. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
  5. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
  6. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
  7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
  8. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
  9. Native Son, by Richard Wright
  10. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
  11. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
  12. Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
  13. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
  14. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain
  15. The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
  16. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
  17. The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank
  18. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
  19. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  20. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

According to the American Library Association, Banned Books Week has united the entire book community for more than 30 years in shared support of the freedom to seek, to publish, to read and to express ideas – even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. In 2017, nearly 500 materials were challenged or banned.

For questions, please contact Emily Stoll at 803-587-3637 or email

About Richland Library

Awarded the National Medal in 2017 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Richland Library is a vibrant, contemporary organization that provides resources and information that advance the Midlands. Offering state-of-the-art technology, a variety of literary and cultural programs and 11 bustling facilities located throughout the county, Richland Library provides a truly customizable, modern library experience for residents and visitors alike.



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