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Banned Books Week 2019

Banned Books Week is September 22 – 28, 2019.

Come to our Banned Books Read-out on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 2 pm in the Learning Commons Flex Space in the Otto G. Richter Library!

Then, come to Sigma Tau Delta's Banned Books event on Friday, September 27, 2019 at 5 pm in 314 Ballroom West in the Shalala Student Center.  There will be snacks and an Amazon giftcard raffle!

Do you read comics?  How about romances? Historical fiction? Nonfiction?  Chances are, you’ve read a book that’s been banned!  Writers of every race, religion, and gender identity have had their books, comics, short stories and more banned because their ideas were deemed too dangerous for the public.  Books are being banned from libraries in the United States and abroad every year.  According to the 2019 State of America's LibrarieS Report, 347 books were challenged in 2018 in libraries across the country for having offensive language, being sexually explicit, 'anti-family' and many other reasons.  Find out more about which of your favorite books or comics were banned or challenged in the last year.  Get involved!  Keep the light on!
Use the search box below to find banned books in our catalog!  Select ‘Subject’ from the drop down menu and search for ‘banned books’.  Our list keeps growing every day, so check back often!
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2019 Banned Books Week Read-out @UML!
What:  Join students and faculty reading from their favorite banned books!
Where:  Learning Commons - 1st Floor Otto G. Richter Library
When:  September 24, 2019 from 2 - 3:30 pm
Sigma Tau Delta @ the Shalala Student Center
What: Join Sigma Tau Delta for their Banned Books Week event!
Where: 314 Ballroom West @ the Shalala Student Center
When:  September 27, 2019 from 5 - 7 pm

2018 Most Challenged Books
Virtual Read-Out
Join the Virtual Read-out!  Take a look at the Virtual Read-out YouTube channel, featuring celebrities reading from their favorite banned book.  Want to join in?  Take a video of yourself reading aloud from a banned book and submit it online!
Online resources
Banned and Challenged Books
A website of the American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom




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