What do Catcher in the Rye, Hunger Games, The Giver, and Harry Potter have in common?
Every year, there are hundreds of attempts by individuals, government entities, or school districts to remove books from schools and libraries. Celebrate YOUR freedom to read and right to choose your book during Banned Books Week, September 30-October 6, 2012. Keep an eye out for Banned Books throughout the library stacks, and be a part of the movement at any of the following events:
Oct 2 @ Convo Hour
Learn about the forcible removal of books used in the Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Studies curriculum in January 2012.
Oct 4 @ Convo Hour
Learn about classic and contemporary titles that have been challenged or banned throughout history. You're certain to recognize more than just a few.
Both Banned Book Convo Tables will have the following:
- Banned Bookmobile: We’ll bring the books, you bring your OneCard to check them out!
- Banned Books Photo Contest: Come pose with your favorite banned book to be featured on the library’s Facebook page!
- Information about how you can participate in the nationwide Virtual Read-Out.
Oct 2 & 4 @ Jazzman Cafe’s patio, 12-1:30pm / Banned Books Read-Out!
Read an excerpt from your favorite banned book. Videos will be uploaded to the library’s YouTube channel! Snacks and drinks will be provided.
Can’t make it to convo hour? Upload your video submissions here.
Oct 4, 9am-3pm @ Department of Archives & Special Collections
We’ll be displaying the Index Librorum Prohibitorum, a list of publications formerly prohibited by the Catholic Church, as well as books from that list that are housed in Archives and Special Collections.
We'll have bookmarks for all participants (until they run out). The first 30 to submit a video will receive a button, and all participants will be entered in a drawing to win a Banned Books Week t-shirt (read-out video=2 entries, check out a banned book=1 entry, photo=1 entry).
Images used by permission of the American Library Association.