Banned Books Week

Celebrate Banned Books Week

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2016 BBW Events @ UNF

Market Day
Wednesday, September 28


Banned Book Readaloud
Thursday, September 29
10:30am - 12:00noon
Don’t miss the opportunity to read a passage from your favorite banned or challenged books. Sign up early to reserve your spot.

Black Out Poetry
September 26-30
Grab a paper. Grab a marker. “Censor” someone else’s words to create a work of art.

Banned Books Week Bracket
September 1-September 29
Classic and modern 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 Readaloud.

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
Tuesday, September 27
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Join Tom Caswell, the Director of Public Services for the Thomas G. Carpenter Library as he leads our panelists through a fascinating look at censorship and the importance of standing up for your right to read.

  • Kaitlin Legg, Assistant Director of the LGBT Resource Center
  • Jennifer Lieberman, Assistant Professor of American Literature in the Department of English
  • Dan Watkins, Assistant Professor of History


Celebrate Your Freedom to Read

2016 Banned Books Week Poster Banned 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 25 - October 1, 2016. This year’s Banned Books Week will celebrate literature written by diverse writers that has been banned or challenged, as well as explore why diverse books are being disproportionately singled out in the first place.

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.

2015 Book Challenges

2015 Book Challenge Infographic

Thank you

2016 Banned Books Week activities were funded by the Library Dean's Leadership Council.

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

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