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Banned Books Week 2015: Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week Contents & Info


Artwork Courtesy of the American Library Association

About Banned Books Week

September 27−October 3, 2015

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.


"Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read", American Library Association, December 20, 2012. (Accessed August 18, 2015)

Banned Books Week: Defending the Freedom to Read

Cover Art Contest

This year as part of Banned Books Week the Claremont Colleges Library is holding a Cover Art Contest.  The Contest is open to anyone, but only current students, faculty, and staff (excluding Claremont Colleges Library staff) can win.

Cover art should focus on the Banned Books theme of "Defending the Freedom to Read."  All entries must be submitted online by Sunday, September 27 at midnight.  Winners will be determined by a public vote, which will be held between Monday, September 28 through Thursday, October 1 at noon.

For more information and complete Contest Rules check here.

You can submit your entry here.

Ask Me Anything Twitter Hour

In conjunction with the Faculty Readings, the Claremont Colleges is hosting a Ask Me Anything twitter hour with each faculty reader.  Students can engage with faculty readers by tweeting questions to the hashtags #claremontAMA and  #cclAMA.

Banned Books Trivia Night and Cover Art Celebration
     Thursday, October 1, 7:30 pm in the Founders Room

As part of Banned Books Week, the library will be hosting a Team Trivia Night on Thursday, October 1.  This event is limited to ten teams of four players consisting of current students, faculty, and staff of the Claremont Colleges (excluding Claremont Colleges Library Staff).  Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.  Snacks and refreshments will be served.

Additionally, during the Trivia Contest, the winner of the Cover Art Contest will be announced.

Sign up your team at:

For complete rules for the Trivia Contest check here.

Banned Books Week Committee

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association