Rainbow Rowell and Malinda Lo visiting Indy the same week!

FangirlAs part of our celebration of Banned Books Week, and to kick off the Library’s Teen Read Week activities, author Rainbow Rowell will appear at Central Library on Tuesday, September 23rd. The author will discuss her works at 6:30 p.m., followed by a book signing at 7:30 p.m.


And the next day, Malinda Lo makes two appearances!
Continuing our celebration of Teen Read Week, we will welcome author Malinda Lo, who will speak and sign books at two different locations on Wednesday, September 24th.

InheritanceYou can see her at the Glendale Library from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Or you can see her at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library (340 N. Senate Ave.), where she will speak and sign books from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

If you show up at 5:00 at the Vonnegut Library, the Gourmet Girls will be creating some “banned books treats.”

Celebrate the Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week
This week marks the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week. Celebrate your freedom to read by checking out one of these “challenged” titles…

The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
Gossip Girl
Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer
The Perks of Being A Wallflower
The Perks of Being A Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
His Dark Materials
His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman
ttyl, by Lauren Myracle
Beloved, by Toni Morrison
Forever, by Judy Blume
Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

Banned Books Week 2009

Protect your first amendment rights! This week, September 26th-October 3rd is Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week was founded in 1982 by the American Library Association as a way to celebrate the freedom of expression of the written word. Banning books can be very dangerous because it limit’s a diversity of opinion. If everyone read the same thing then humans would not formulate new ideas that can lead to innovations in social, civil, arts, and political spheres.

A few frequently challenged books are The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, the Harry Potter series, Forever by Judy Blume, and the Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey. Some of the reasons these books were challenged were for being unsuitable for age group, anti-family, occultism, and sexual content. Check out the list at http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm

Here are some challenged teen books you can find at IMCPL:



Forever by Judy Blume

 Katie, an IMCPL patron,  had this to say about Forever:

this book is a very good book! i loved it!!! it has a lot of good advice in it and it it will grab your attention when u first start reading it!!! Judy BL\lume is one of my favorite authors too………i really enjoy her books! if u like her too then i recommend u read this book!



TTYL by Lauren Myracle










The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky










The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler










Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories

Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories by Chris Crutcher










 What My Mother Doesn't Know

What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones