Celebrate Banned Books Week at the DePaul University Library September 22–28th, 2019. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read, bringing together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. Last year there were 438 books challenged or banned, including 327 challenges to library, school and university materials. Some of the reasons that books were challenged last year were for LGBTQIA+ content, profanity, and the expression of political or religious viewpoints. You might be surprised by some of the books that have been deemed inappropriate, and by how many of your favorite books have been challenged!
Banned Books Week Events
Information Tables, Kelly Hall
Thursday, September 26th, 11:00am–1:00pm (drop-in)
The DePaul University Library will be hosting a tabling event along with the University Center for Writing-based Learning. Stop by to take a look at the most challenged books of 2018 and learn whether or not some of your favorite books have ever been challenged—or even banned! Make a Banned Books Week button, grab a bookmark and a sticker, and enter our raffle to win a DePaul Library tote and book light.
City Lit Theater presents…
“Books on the Chopping Block”
Friday, September 27th, 1:00–2:30pm
John T. Richardson Library, Rm 115
This year we will welcome back City Lit Theater to read selections from the top 11 most challenged books of 2018 as compiled by the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom. The performance will include dramatic readings from The Hate U Give, Thirteen Reasons Why, Two Boys Kissing, and the rest of the 11 most challenged books of 2018. Raffle, refreshments and Q&A to follow.
Censorship Leaves us in the Dark. Keep the Light On!