The St. Charles Public Library DOES NOT BAN these books or any others.
Banned Books Week 2006 is the twenty-fifth annual celebration of the freedom to read and It's Perfectly Normal tops the 2005 list of most challenged books according to the American Library Association (ALA). The book was written by one of the most frequently challenged authors of the past decade, Robie H. Harris.
The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom received a total of 405 challenges last year. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness. The majority of challenges are reported by public libraries, schools and school libraries.
The “10 Most Challenged Books of 2005” reflect a range of themes. The books are:
It's Perfectly Normal for homosexuality, nudity, sex education, religious viewpoint, abortion and being unsuited to age group
Forever by Judy Blume for sexual content and offensive language
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger for sexual content, offensive language and being unsuited to age group