Celebrate Your Freedom to Read during Banned Books Week September 24–30
Join the American Library Association (ALA), Rutgers University Libraries, and the worldwide book community in celebrating the freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 24–30, 2017. Banned Books Week, now in its 36th year, is designed to engage communities in dialogues about censorship and the freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment to openly access, read, and express opinions about information.
In 2016, the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom recorded 323 challenges by censors who wished to remove or restrict materials from libraries or curricula based on objections to their content. During Banned Books Week, we celebrate the champions who fought to keep these books on the shelves and the power of words to allow us to experience a diversity of perspectives outside our own.
This year, members of the Rutgers community will have the opportunity to create original art exploring the themes of censorship, intellectual freedom, and banned books through a number of participatory events supported by a grant from the Freedom to Read Foundation. View the current schedule below and visit libguides.rutgers.edu/bannedbooks for more Banned Books Week resources and information. Don’t forget to share your experiences by tagging us on social media and using the hashtag #RutgersBannedBooks.
Rutgers Banned Books Week 2017 Schedule of Events
Banned Resources Exhibit
September 12–November 1
“Missing Books” Exhibit
September 19–October 1
Button and Journal Making
September 26, 3–4:30 p.m.
Banned Books Week Reception and T-Shirt Giveaway
Featuring a performance by Christhian Diaz, Mason Gross School of the Arts
September 28, 7–8 p.m.
Ongoing during Banned Books Week
Banned Books Week coloring pages, bookmarks, buttons, and stickers
Art and Douglass Libraries
Banned Books Week Photo Booth
Banned Books Week Contest