New Port Richey Library’s “BANneD Books” Series Returns

New Port Richey Library’s “BANneD Books” Series Returns

Your NPR Library Continues Popular Free Concert Series

New Port Richey, FL (January 10, 2017) –  Your NPR Library is excited to announce the return of their free Ban(ne)d Book concert series which began last summer in honor of Banned Books Week. January’s performance features a Tampa Bay area band, StreetBoss, an edgy acoustic duo who also perform with PrideTribe. StreetBoss features Shane (the Boss) Doss on guitar and vocals, and Shark Alley recording artist Carolynn Street on lead vocals and guitar.The duo will be performing in Peace Hall (located on the north side of Sims Park), Thursday, January 19 at 6:00 pm. This event is free to the public.

The free concert series continues each month on the third Thursday and features performers of various genres. Guests are invited to bring books to trade with friends and neighbors. Due to the unpredictable winter weather, the first three performances will be held inside Peace Hall. The April performance will return to the Main Street Entrance, Riverside location.

January 19 – StreetBoss (Florida Acoustic Duo) – Peace Hall

February  16 – GeriX (Indie Folk Rock) – Peace Hall

March 16 – Peter Fletcher (Classical Guitarist) – Peace Hall

April 20 – The Hummingbirds (Americana Roots Music) – Riverside

Please call (727) 853-1279 or visit the library’s event page on Facebook (  for more information.


About Banned Books Week

BANneD Books promotes “Intellectual freedom,” a core tenet in the Library Bill of Rights.

Why? Freedom of expression and choice is vital to a strong democracy. Therefore, Public Libraries help their community members develop critical thinking skills, and we advocate for the access to all materials that help them the way to their own voice.

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. The 10 most challenged titles of 2015 were:

The top ten most challenged books of 2015 include:

  1. Looking for Alaska, by John Green

Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

  1. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James

Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).

  1. I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings

Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.

  1. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin

Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).

  1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon

Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).

  1. The Holy Bible

Reasons: Religious viewpoint.

  1. Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel

Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).

  1. Habibi, by Craig Thompson

Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

  1. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter

Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.

  1. Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan

Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).


About the NPR Public Library

The New Port Richey Public Library was established in 1919 and has been an integral part of the community ever since. Over 500,00 guests utilize the library’s services every year as well as participate in events designed to promote free access to information and a rich cultural experience. For more information please visit

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