Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
College HomeLibrary Home
Close Menu

Banned Books Week: Banned or Challenged Titles at Leeward CC Library!

Celebrate your freedom to READ!

" "

Banned or Challenged Books at Leeward CC Library!

Did you know we have quite a few books at Leeward CC Library that have been banned or challenged?

1984 George Orwell ESL Collection ESL 416
& General Collection PR6029.R8 N647 2003
OverDrive Link [New Window]
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury General Collection PZ3.B72453 Fah5 1994  
Fear: Trump in the White House Bob Woodward General Collection E913.3 .W66 2018  
Persepholis Marjane Satrapi General Collection PN6747.S245 P4713 2003  
The grapes of wrath John Steinbeck General Collection PS3537.T3234 G8 2002  
The jungle Upton Sinclair General Collection PS3537.I85 J8 1946 EBSCO Link [New Window]
The kite runner Khaled Hosseini General Collection PS3608.O525 K58 2003  

Fight club Chuck Palahniuk General Collection PS3566.A4554 F54 2005  
Grendel John Gardner General Collection PZ4.G23117 Gr  
In cold blood Truman Capote General Collection HV6533.K3 C3  
James and the giant peach Roald Dahl OverDrive eBook OverDrive Link [New Window]
One flew over the cuckoo's nest Ken Kesey General Collection PS3561.E667 O5 2003 OverDrive Link [New Window]
The hunger games Suzanne Collins General Collection PZ7.C6837 Hun 2008  
The lord of the flies William Golding General Collection PR6013.O35 L6 2011  
The things they carried Tim O'Brien General Collection PS3565.B75 T48 2009 OverDrive Link [New Window]

A time to kill John Grisham ESL Collection ESL 519  
Mein kampf Adolf Hitler General Collection DD247.H5 A322  
Of mice and men John Steinbeck General Collection PS3537.T3234 O2 2002  
The adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain ESL Collection ESL 315  
The adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain ESL Collection ESL 100  
The new Jim Crow Michelle Alexander OverDrive eBook OverDrive Link [New Window]

A wrinkle in time Madeleine L'Engle General Collection PZ7.L5385 Wr 2012  
As I lay dying William Faulkner General Collection PZ3.F272 As3  
Bridge to Terabithia Katherine Paterson General Collection PZ7.P273 Br 2017  
Charlotte's web E.B. White General Collection PZ7 .W584  
Harry Potter (all volumes) J. K. Rowling General Collection PZ7.R79835 Har 1999  
Holy Bible   General Collection BS191 .A1 1989  
Slaughterhouse-five Kurt Vonnegut General Collection PS3572.O5 S6 1985  
The handmaid's tale Margaret Atwood General Collection PR9199.3.A8 H3 2006 OverDrive Link [New Window]
The lord of the rings J.R.R. Tolkien General Collection PZ3.T576 Lo6 OverDrive Link [New Window]

A child's life and other stories Phoebe Gloeckner General Collection PN6727.G65 C45 2000  
A separate peace John Knowles General Collection PS3561.N68 S4 1986  
All the bright places Jennifer Niven OverDrive eBook OverDrive Link [New Window]
An abundance of Katherines John Green OverDrive eBook OverDrive Link [New Window]
Anne Frank Anne Frank General Collection DS135.N6 F73313 2003
& Best Sellers Collection DS135.N6 F65 2018
Annie on my mind Nancy Garden OverDrive eBook OverDrive Link [New Window]
Beloved Toni Morrison General Collection PS3563.O8749 B4 1987  
Brave new world Aldous Huxley General Collection PR6015.U9 B7 1946  
Bridge to Terabithia Katherine Paterson General Collection PZ7.P273 Br 2017  
Fun home Alison Bechdel General Collection PN6727.B3757 Z46 2007b  
Go tell it on the mountain James Baldwin General Collection PZ4.B18 Go4  
Habibi Craig Thompson General Collection PN6727.T48 H33 2011  
I am the cheese Robert Cormier General Collection PZ7.C81634 Iac  
I know why the caged bird sings Maya Angelou General Collection PS3551.N464 Z466 2015  
Like water for chocolate Laura Esquivel General Collection PQ7298.15.S638 C6613 1995 OverDrive Link [New Window]
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov General Collection PS3527.A15 L6 1997  
Looking for Alaska John Green OverDrive eBook OverDrive Link [New Window]
Ordinary people Judith Guest General Collection PZ4.G954 Or  
Paper towns John Green OverDrive eBook OverDrive Link [New Window]
Snow falling on cedars David Guterson ESL Collection ESL 610
& General Collection PS3557.U846 S65 1994
Sons and lovers D.H. Lawrence ESL Collection ESL 514
& General Collection PR6023.A93 S68 2010
Speak Laurie Halse Anderson General Collection PZ7.A54385 Sp 2003  
The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian Alexie Sherman General Collection PS3551.L35774 A27 2009 OverDrive Link [New Window]
The bluest eye : a novel Toni Morrison General Collection PS3563.O8749 B55 2007  
The catcher in the rye JD Salinger General Collection PS3537.A426 C3 2001  
The chocolate war; a novel Robert Cormier General Collection PZ7.C81634 Ch  
The color purple Alice Walker General Collection PS3573.A425 C6 1982 OverDrive Link [New Window]
The great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald General Collection PS3511.I9 G7 2013  
The hate u give Angie Thomas General Collection PZ7.1.T448 Hat 2018  
The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot General Collection RC265.6.L24 S55 2010 OverDrive Link [New Window]
The namesake Jhumpa Lahiri General Collection PS3562.A316 N36 2003 OverDrive Link [New Window]
Their eyes were watching God Zora Neale Hurston General Collection PS3515.U789 T639 1991  
Thirteen reasons why Jay Asher OverDrive eBook OverDrive Link [New Window]
To kill a mockingbird Harper Lee General Collection PS3562.E353 T6 2006  
Twilight Stephenie Meyer General Collection PZ7.M5717515 Tw 2005  
Women in Love D.H. Lawrence General Collection PZ3.L4345 Wo27  

Banned eBooks on OverDrive!

CENSORSHIP IS A DEAD END. Your mobile adventure begins on OverDrive! 

The new Jim CrowThe color purpleLike water for chocolateCover art for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca SklootThe namesake

Browse our Banned eBooks Collection on OverDrive

Banned Books Week logo

#BlackLivesMatter #BlackStoriesMatter

" "

This fall, we introduced our #BlackLivesMatter #BlackStoriesMatter display which highlighted titles by Black authors. During Banned Book Week, we identified banned or challenged titles by attaching "Banned Book" ribbons on their covers.

Leeward CC Library's Challenged Book

While the books listed above have been banned or challenged elsewhere around the country, Leeward CC Library had it's own experience with censorship after adding the graphic novel, A child's life and other stories, to the General Collection!  

A child's life and other stories book cover. Image is also linked to the book's item record in the library catalog.

On display September 28 - October 2

As part of a Banned Books Week activity/demonstration, you will NOT be able to borrow this book during the display period. 

A child's life and other stories [New Window]
by Phoebe Gloeckner

General Collection
PN6727.G65 C45 2000

  • In 2004, a library in Stockton, California banned A child's life and other stories. The mayor of Stockton claimed the graphic novel was a "how-to-book" for pedophiles.
  • When Leeward CC Library acquired A child's life and other stories in 2011, a patron complained it was "pornographic", "filled with profane language", contained “sexually explicit" photos, and it was not suitable for young children visiting the library. In response to the challenge, the head librarian said:
    • The book was "highly acclaimed for it's candor and artistic merit, and it fits in with the many resources the library collects regarding domestic violence."
    • Minors are not permitted in the library without adult supervision.
    • The children and young adult books in the library's collections support Leeward Community College's teacher education programs.
    • You must be currently enrolled or employed in the University of Hawaiʻi system to check out library materials. 

More information: 

If you would like more information about Banned Books Week, protecting your freedom to read, and censorship--go to [New Window] and [New Window].

Regular Library Hours
General Information: (808) 455‑0210
Reference Support: (808) 455‑0379