Did you know that September 30th-October 6th, 2012, is the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week? Virginia Western’s Student Life Office and Brown Library are partnering on campus yet again to recognize Banned Books Week and the freedom to read!
MONDAY, 10/1 BANNED BOOKS WEEK KICKOFF & Free Book Giveaway!
- Make Your Own Banned Bookmark. 10am-2pm, Brown Library steps. First 100 participants receive a free banned book. Choice of following titles: The Color Purple (30th anniversary edition), The Hunger Games, or The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
- Free Film Showing: Smoke Signals. 1pm, Whitman Theatre. Written by Sherman Alexie, author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, this award-winning film is “a warm film of friendship and reconciliation, and whenever it refers to historic injustices or contemporary issues in Native American culture, it does so with wry, glancing humor. Smoke Signals is indeed poignant, but above all it’s pretty funny.” Young Indian man Thomas is a nerd in his reservation, wearing oversize glasses and telling everyone stories no-one wants to hear. His parents died in a fire in 1976, and Thomas was saved by Arnold. Arnold soon left his family (and his tough son Victor), and Victor hasn’t seen his father for 10 years. When Victor hears Arnold has died, Thomas offers him funding for the trip to get Arnold’s remains, but only if Thomas will also go with him. Thomas and Victor hit the road. 89 minutes.
THURSDAY and FRIDAY, 10/4-10/5
- Banned Books Word Searches. All day, Main Floor of the Library.
- Visit Our Displays on the Top Floor. See examples of books that have been banned and find out the reasons behind it.
Brown Library has many books which have been challenged and banned, including:
- Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Call number E185.97.A56 A3 1970
- Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men. Call number PS3537.T3234 A15 1953 (part of a story collection)
- Voltaire. Candide, or, Optimism. Call number PQ2082.C3 E5 2005
- Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye. Call number PS3563.O8749 B55 1993
- Lawrence, D.H. Lady Chatterley’s Lover. eBook. 2007.
- Walker, Alice. The Color Purple: A Novel. Call number PS3573.A425 C6 1982
- Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye. Call number PS3537.A426 C32 1961
- King, Stephen. Christine. Call number PS3561.I483 C4 1983
- Eliot, George. Silas Marner. eBook, eAudiobook. 2008.
The week celebrates the freedom we have to express our opinions— even if the opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular. Banned Books Week brings attention to the challenges that have been presented to this freedom by celebrating books which have been attempted to be banned in libraries across the country. For a short history of attempts at censoring books, please see The Online Books Page Presents Banned Books Online at the University of Pennsylvania. Included in this page are links to the actual texts of these works, available for free online.