Banned Books Week: September 30 – October 6, 2012

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Banned Books Week at Kennedy Library

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Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Usually held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Eight integrated features of the celebration

The Kennedy Library has developed over half a dozen ways to share the celebration of Banned Books Week with our campus, local community and nation.

  1. Stephen Chbosky, author, screenwriter and director to talk October 5 at a free event open to the public. His Perks of Being a Wallflower (now a major motion picture!) has been a challenged book.
  2. Podcast series, "I'm with the Banned" features a conversation with Stephen Chbosky as one of a dozen programs that explores popular banned book themes. Our hosts read all 100 banned books to prepare!
  3. Print infographic developed by Cal Poly students to share with the national library community. Download the share version (JPG, 1.5MB), or large print version (PDF, 8MB).
  4. Knitted and stitched work by an all-are-welcome craft group that re-interpreted banned book covers. View images on Flickr.
  5. Exhibit on the busy second floor of the library, featuring banned and challenged book titles and more information about Banned Books Week.
  6. Popular t-shirts designed by a student, featuring the top 100 banned and challenged books of 2000-2009 on the back and the "I'm with the Banned" retro identity on the front. Order them at Spreadshirt, prices starting from USD 14.90!
  7. An interactive website where you can learn about which books have been banned or challenged in your community and discover how many books on the list you've read.
  8. Two-minute video of Cal Poly students reflecting on their favorite banned books around campus.

With thanks to the 2012 Freedom to Read Foundation’s Judith F. Krug Fund Grant, which supports the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week. The Kennedy Library is one of eight national recipients of the grant this year.