The Syracuse University Libraries will celebrate Banned Books Week from September 25-October 1, 2016. Throughout the week, books that have been banned or challenged over the years will be on display on the 1st floor of Bird Library. Readers will be encouraged to check out these books as well as post their own photos on social media in front of the Banned Books Week “mugshot” poster to celebrate their freedom to read.
In addition, the Libraries will host a “Black & Banned” campus read-in event on Tuesday, September 27, from 4-6pm, just outside of the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons on the first floor of Bird Library. The event will feature readings by and about African-Americans that have been banned and challenged. Sponsors include the African American Studies Department, the English Department, Syracuse University Libraries, Anthropology Graduate Student Organization, Alpha Phi Alpha/Delta Zeta Chapter, Black Graduate Student Association, and Onondaga Community College Library. Participants will receive free Banned Books Week buttons, bookmarks, and can enter for a chance to win a banned book.
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. 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 and challenges of books across the United States [American Library Association. (2016). Banned Books Week. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/bbooks/banned.