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Overview of the Mississippi Challenged Books Index

Some basic information about book challenges

Banned Books Week Resources

Report Challenges to MLC

A brief history of book challenges in Mississippi

This year’s challenges

Annual Reports of challenges in Mississippi

 

Overview of the Mississippi Challenged Books Index

The Mississippi Challenged Books Index collects data about challenges to library materials in Mississippi. This information will be displayed for other libraries to view and collected into annual reports. Mississippi libraries will report this information to MCBI on a voluntary basis.

MCBI provides information and resources to libraries dealing with challenges. Past library challenges are posted for public use on the MCBI site, including how the library dealt with the challenge.

For more information, contact Ally Watkins.

 

Some basic information about book challenges

ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom

 

Banned Books Week Information

 

Report Challenges to MLC


 

A brief history of book challenges in Mississippi

This is a small sampling of past cases of media challenges in Mississippi reported to ALA. All information was obtained from this resource:

Doyle, Robert P. Banned Books: 2007 Resource Book. Chicago, IL: American Library Association, 2007.

 

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

  • Temporarily banned from the Caledonia Middle School in Columbus, Miss (1993) on the grounds that it was too sexually explicit to be read by children.

Anonymous. Go Ask Alice.

  • Challenged at the Rankin County School District (1984) because it is “profane and sexually objectionable.”

King, Stephen. Cujo.

  • Challenged at the Rankin County School District (1984) because it is “profane and sexually objectionable.”

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird.

  • Challenged at the Moss Point School District (1996) because the novel contains a racial epithet.

Myers, Walter Dean. Fallen Angels.

  • Banned from George County Schools (2002) because of profanity.

Stewart, Jon, Ben Karlin and David Javerbaum. America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction.

  • Returned to circulation at Jackson-George Library System (2004) after the library board banned the book for containing an image of Supreme Court judge’s faces superimposed on naked bodies.

 

This year’s challenges

 
 

Annual Reports of challenges in Mississippi