Monday, September 16, 2019

Banned Books Week 2019

September 22 - 28 is Banned Books Week, a time in which we can celebrate our freedom to read!

The American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom keeps track of challenges to books in the United States and has published the top ten banned and challenged books for 2018. Banned Book Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries.

While a "challenge" is an attempt to remove or restrict access to material, a "ban" is the actual removal of material. Although the reasons for challenging materials are wide and varied, recent requests to remove books generally refer to violence, offensive language, sexually explicit content, religious viewpoint, or the representation of gender roles and gender identity.

Join us for the following Banned Books Week events:

Banned Books Event
When: Wednesday, September 25, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Where: CDI and Hunsaker Plaza
Choose a banned or challenged book at our table in Hunsaker Plaza, in front of the Commons. Take a picture with it. Make buttons featuring banned books! Visit the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) to hear audiobooks playing of banned titles and discover why they've been challenged or banned. 

Silence is Loud
When: Friday, September 27
1:30pm: Silent Reading
2:30pm: #BannedBooksWeek open mic
Where: Location TBD
Snacks, books, and bring your own blanket. 

Banned Books Exhibit
When: All week
Where: Library entrance, 2nd floor
The Armacost Library will highlight banned and challenged books.

Banned Books Week events are sponsored by Armacost Library, Center for Diversity & Inclusion, and Johnston Center for Integrative Studies.

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