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Celebrate the Freedom to Read During Banned Books Week!

Posted in Event, Learning Commons, and Reading

book with a blowhornHello Matadors! September 23 through September 29 is Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week celebrates our freedom to choose what we read. The Oviatt Library is honoring this freedom by offering several activities.

Through a collaboration with the CSUN Journalism Department, the Library is hosting a Banned Books Readout on Thursday, September 27 from 12:45-3:30 p.m. in the Lake View Terrace Room in the USU. Melissa Broder, author of the essay collection So Sad Today and four poetry collections, including Last Sext will read from her new novel, The Pisces. CSUN Professor Elizabeth Blakey, who is a First Amendment scholar will also speak. Finally, there will be journalism students reading passages from challenged or banned books. Pizza will be served and everyone is welcome. Please RSVP.

There is also a Banned Books display in the Learning Commons, first floor of the Library. All of the books within the display have been challenged or 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 find out about the various reasons these books have been censored in different places around the country. All of these challenged or 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!

Happy Banned Books Week to all and enjoy your reading!