Banned Books Week

September 24 - September 30, 2017

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2017 BBW Events @ UNF

Banned Books Week Bracket
September 1-September 28
Graphic novels and traditional banned and challenged books go head to head. Submit your bracket by September 10th and then be sure to vote each week to help move your favorite book to the finals. The winner will be announced at the Banned Books Week Panel Discussion.

Banned Books Week Exhibits
September 1-September 30
Come by the Thomas G. Carpenter Library to see how many banned or challenged books you’ve read.

Panel Discussion
Monday, September 25
2:00 - 4:00pm
Join faculty panelists as the Library celebrates our freedom to read with a fascinating look at graphic novels under attack.

  • Katie Monnin, Associate Professor of Literacy in the College of Education & Human Services
  • Russell Turney, Senior Instructor of English
  • Chau Kelly, Associate Professor of History.

Market Day
Wednesday, September 27

September 25-29
Grab a paper and scissors and artwork and create your own comic.


Celebrate Your Freedom to Read

Why are books challenged graphicBanned Books Week is the national celebration of our freedom to read. Launched in 1982 to draw attention to the problem of book censorship in the United States, Banned Books Week will be held September 24 - 30, 2017. This year’s Banned Books Week will emphasize the importance of the First Amendment, which guarantees our inherent right to read.


What is a Banned Book?

Books have been banned as long as there have been books and continue to be banned or challenged even today. A banned book is a book that may be:

  • removed from a library or libraries;
  • not allowed to be published;
  • not allowed to enter an entire country;
  • not allowed to exist: to be physically destroyed, typically by burning, such as the notorious book burning in Nazi Germany.
  • The most extreme form of banning is the death or demand for the death of the author, as during the Inquisition, or more recently with Salman Rushdie.
  • A challenged book is one that someone has tried to ban, but did not succeed.

2016 Book Challenges

BBW 2016 Infographic

Thank you

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Subjects: Campus Activities, Library Information
Tags: Banned Books Week, BBW, Censorship