Thursday, September 15, 2011

Banned Books Week Read-Out

The week of September 24 - October 1, 2011 is Banned Books Week (BBW).

The Schwob Memorial Library will be hosting a “Read-Out” that will take place on Tuesday, September 27 from 12:30 - 1:30 and will feature CSU faculty and staff reading from their favorite banned books.

Banned books are defined as books that have been banned and/or challenged, sometimes through court action, by individuals and/or groups who want them removed from library shelves or from reading lists. Books that have been on a banned books list at one time or another include such classics as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Scarlet Letter and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, as well as more recent titles like Isabel Allende’s House of the Spirits and Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.

For more information on BBW and a list of frequently challenged books, visit the ALA website. You may also want to consult a book in the library's Reference Collection: Banned books : 2004 Resource Book by Robert P. Doyle, Call Number: Ref Z658.U5 B36.

By participating in the Read-Out, you will be speaking out against censorship and showing students that the members of the CSU faculty and staff support their right to read. On a higher level, we are letting our students know that CSU is a university that supports intellectual and cultural diversity through the free exchange of ideas.

Please join us!

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