Ban the Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Captain Underpants, or not…

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Captain Underpants

These are two of the most talked about books in BC, Canada and even in the USA in 2014.  The American Library Association just had their Banned Books Week in the US and Captain Underpants topped the list of most banned books.  Here in BC, the Perks of Being a Wallflower was in the news as a BC dad made an effort to have it banned from school curricula.

What’s your opinion?  Should certain topics be banned from library collections or school curricula?  Is it better to avoid difficult topics such as homosexuality, violence, porn, or drug use, or is it better to bring difficult conversations out into the open and talk about them with those who are supposedly protected by book banning?

And why did they want to ban Captain Underpants?  Offensive language, violence, partial nudity, misbehavior and other reasons are listed.  What do you think about that?  Should libraries only have books which do not offend any patrons?  Are academic libraries as responsible to uphold freedom of access to information as public libraries?

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