Celebrate the Freedom to Read: Banned Books Week



Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of the freedom to read, challenging censorship by drawing attention to banned or challenged books and encouraging people to read!

“Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association.” (source: http://bannedbooksweek.org/about)

This year, to celebrate Banned Books Week, the library is hosting three events: “Blind Date With A Banned Book,” “Banned Books Read-Out” and “Movie Night” which will show the film version of “The Color Purple.” All events are free and everyone from the Salve Community is invited! Read more on Banned Books week in SRU’s Mosaic article.


“Blind Date With A Banned Book”
Mon. Sept. 26, Miley Lobby, 11 am – 1 pm
Students choose to check-out a book from a selection of wrapped books, with their only clue being a brief description of why the book was challenged or banned.


“Banned Books Read-Out”
Wed. Sept 28, McKillop Library Lawn, 11 am – 2 pm
Members of the Salve community read passages from a favorite banned or challenged book while enjoying caramel apples and lemonade! The theme this year is “diversity” as many censored books are written by diverse authors. If you are interested in reading, please contact Kristin Butler at [email protected] to discuss your book and passage choice and schedule your spot. Or feel free to just come and listen! (Event will be moved inside the library building in the event of inclement weather).


“Banned Books Movie Night”
Thurs. Sept. 29, DiStefano Lecture Hall, Antone 128, 7 pm
Banned or challenged for many reasons in multiple states including inappropriate language,” “profanity and sexual references” and “violence,” the film version of Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple” will be shown to raise awareness of how diverse authors are often censored and to combat censorship.
(Movie Night is co-sponsored by The Mercy Center for Spiritual Life, the Office of Multicultural Programs, the Dept. of English and Communications and the Department of Cultural, Environmental and Global Studies).

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