Hello Matadors! September 24 through September 30 is Banned Books week. Banned Books Week celebrates our freedom to choose what we read and draws attention to the harms of censorship. The Oviatt Library is acknowledging the importance of Banned Books Week with several activities.
There is a Banned Books display in the Learning Commons, first floor of the Library. All of the books within the display have been banned in some manner. Each book has been wrapped, (for suspense!) and at least one description has been given as to why the book was banned. Come take a look at the various reasons these books have been censored in different places around the country. All of these banned books can be checked out at the Guest Services Desk in our Library lobby. But no peeking before they are checked out and taken home to read!
The Library is also collaborating with the CSUN Journalism Department to bring you a Banned Books Readout on Monday, September 25 from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Oviatt Library Ferman Presentation Room. Alex Gino, author of George, will be speaking, in addition to CSUN Professor Elizabeth Blakey, who is a First Amendment scholar. There will also be many journalism students reading passages from banned books. Pizza will be served and everyone is welcome. Please RSVP at http://library.csun.edu/banned-books-readout-2017. Happy Banned Books Week to all and enjoy your reading!