Banned Book Club
The books most frequently challenged have certain themes in common:
• LGBTQ topics or characters.
• Race and racism, or that center on protagonists of color topics.
• Contain sex, abortion, teen pregnancy or puberty.
• Contain history, specifically that of Black people.
Cargill UMC supports open and honest conversations about these and other topics. That can’t happen if young people are not allowed to read books. We meet to discuss one of the banned books approximately every six weeks. This helps to raise awareness about censorship in schools. We also discuss why the book was challenged, whether or not it should have been challenged, and how the challenge affects viewpoints. In addition we discuss themes, characters, and plot development.
Visit the Church Calendar for our most recent banned book and discussion date.
The American Library Association (ALA) monitors book bans in school districts across the nation.
Disclaimer: the books are not all really banned; most are “challenged” in an attempt to remove or restrict materials based on their content.