The Southwest Harbor Public Library has set up a display of banned books for patrons to borrow. PHOTO COURTESY OF CANDY EMLEN

Library celebrates banned books

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Southwest Harbor Public Library will honor the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week 2016, which celebrates diversity, with a display of banned or challenged books.

“I am always bothered that someone somewhere is telling me what I can and cannot read,” said Candy Emlen, director of the library.

The top 10 banned books of 2015 according to the American Library Association.


  1. “Looking for Alaska” by John Green
  2. “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James
  3. “I Am Jazz” by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
  4. “Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out” by Susan Kuklin
  5. “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon
  6. “Holy Bible”
  7. “Fun Home” by Alison Bechdel
  8. “Habibi” by Craig Thompson
  9. “Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan” by Jeanette Winter
  10. “Two Boys Kissing” by David Levithan @loversdiction

The display will be up until Oct. 14. Call the library at 244-7065.

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