Banned Books Reading

  • Two super heroes standing on top of a book. Caption reads "Defend the first amendment. Read a banned book."

Each fall Briggs Library partners with Sigma Tau Delta to offer an evening of readings from banned and challenged books coinciding with the American Library Association's Banned Books Week. Come celebrate the freedom to read as students, staff and faculty read excerpts from banned and challenged books in the Briggs Library McGinnis Room. Following the reading there is an informal discussion on censorship. Refreshments are served.

Each year hundreds of books get challenged in libraries across the country. Often, they are books geared toward children and young adults. Books get challenged for a variety of reasons, but most often it is for being "sexually explicit", "offensive language", and being "unsuitable to age group". In 2015 there were 275 official challenges recorded by the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom. To find out more about the issue of banned books please go ALA Banned Books Week.

This event is sponsored by Briggs Library and Sigma Tau Delta.