Celebrate Banned Books Week September 25 – October 1, 2016

stand-up-badge-2The DePaul University Library, the Writing Center, LGBTQA Student Services, the Center for Identity, Inclusion and Social Change and Office of Multicultural Student Success invite you to celebrate your freedom to read with us at a number of engaging events celebrating this year’s theme for Banned Books Week, ”Diversity.” Every year, the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom releases a list of the top ten most challenged books of the previous year. According to the Office of Intellectual Freedom, nine of the ten most challenged books from 2015 include diverse content.  We are particularly committed to discussing the importance of access to diverse reading material this year as we engage with and support the conversations generated by the University’s Speech and Race Action Plan. We agree with what Carla Hayden, newly appointed Librarian of Congress recently stated in a PBS interview, “Children need to see themselves reflected in books. Books can be mirrors, and they can be windows.”  Access to diverse content is important for all readers.


Start off the week with a visit to our information tables to learn more about why books are challenged, make banned books buttons, check out banned books, enter our raffle to win one of three copies of this year’s most challenged books, and share why banned books matter to you!

Tuesday, September 28 11:00am -1:00pm

DePaul Center (Loop) 11th Floor


Thursday, September 29 11:00am-1:00pm

DePaul Student Center, 1st floor

Center for Identity, Inclusion and Social Change


Finally, on Friday, join us as we welcome Chicago’s City Lit Theater for Books on the Chopping Block, a sixty minute performance of selections from the ten most challenged books of 2015, including Fun Home, I am Jazz, Fifty Shades of Grey, and The Holy Bible. Raffle, refreshments and Q&A to follow performance.

Friday, September 30 1:30pm – 2:30pm

John T. Richardson Library, Room 115


Please see our Banned Books Research Guide for more information and visit http://www.ala.org/bbooks/ and http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/ .

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