Words Have Power: Read a Banned Book!

The DePaul University Library and the Writing Center invite you to celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week!

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. This year’s theme is “Words Have Power.” When an individual or group objects to a book and demands its removal from a library or reading list, readers who would benefit from access to that book are denied the opportunity to make a connection to a story that might provide them with power: the power to understand how people different from ourselves live and see the world, as well as power we ourselves gain when we see our lived experiences reflected in a book. We are inviting readers to share their powerful reads with us at the following events, and online @dpulibrarian; @DePaulUCWbL; #bannedbooksweek.



Info Tables

Start off the week with a visit to our information tables to learn more about why books are challenged, make banned books buttons and share which banned books have had power for you! Participants can also enter our raffle to win a tote bag and a classic banned book!

Monday, September 25th 11:00am -1:00pm
DePaul Center (Loop) 11th Floor

Tuesday, September, 26th 11:00am-1:00pm
DePaul Student Center

Read In

Drop by our “Read In” to learn more about why books are challenged, explore a selection of banned and challenged books available for loan at DePaul Library, and share which banned books create power for you! We’ll also have our banned book button machine at the ready, along with plenty of bookmarks and stickers. Participants can also enter our raffle to win a tote bag and a classic banned book!

Thursday, September 28th, 2:00pm-5:00pm
John T. Richardson Library, 2nd floor

City Lit presents: Books on the Chopping Block

Finally, on Friday, join us as we welcome back Chicago’s City Lit Theater for “Books on the Chopping Block,” a sixty minute performance of selections from the ten most challenged books of 2016, including Eleanor and Park, I am Jazz, Looking for Alaska, and This One Summer. Raffle, refreshments and Q&A to follow performance.

Friday, September 29 1:00pm – 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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