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Banned Books Week 2014: About Banned Books

September 10-25, 2014 - Banned Books Celebration - Celebrating the Freedom to Read! Since 1982, the annual event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.

Banned Books 2014

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Bookman's Virtual Read-Out Video celebrating many banned books throughout literature.

Banned by Being Burned

Banned for Promoting "Economic Fallacies" and Socialist Ideas

Banned for Glorifying "Drinking, Cursing and Pre-marital Sex"

Winner of the National Book Award

Banned Books Celebration September 10-25

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. 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.

For more information on Banned Books Week, book challenges and censorship, please visit the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom’s Banned Books website at, or

Come visit the EGSC Library's display of banned books available for you to check out and read!

EGSC Banned Books Lecture Series

Banned Books Lecture Series

Sponsored by the EGSC Library

Wednesday, September 10, 4:00 PM—Professor Jessica Palumbo

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Thursday, September 11, 4:00PM—Dr. Armond Boudreaux

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Wednesday, September 17, 4:00PM—Dr. Eric Wruck

The Psychoanalysis of Sigmund Freud

Thursday, September 18, 4:00PM—Professor Desmal Purcell

Captain Underpants and The Amazing Spiderman: The Banning of Graphic

Novels and Comic Books

Wednesday, September 24, 4:00PM—Professor Steve Lavender

Ulysses by James Joyce

Thursday, September 25, 4:00PM—Dr. Alan Brasher

Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg

Join EGSC Humanities and Social Sciences professors as they lecture on banned books, both new and classic, and the topic of censorship in literature and art. All lectures will take place in the Learning Commons room J503. For more information click here.

Members of the community are invited to attend.



Banned for Promoting the Occult & for Being Anti-Family

Banned for Being Blasphemous

Banned for Being Too Scary

Banned for Being "Profane," "Vulgar" & "Anti-American"

Which book would YOU ban?

Which of the following books would you ban from the EGSC library?

Which book would YOU ban?
The Catcher in the Rye: 0 votes (0%)
Lord of the Rings: 0 votes (0%)
Harry Potter: 0 votes (0%)
Slaughter-House Five: 1 votes (5.26%)
The Hunger Games: 0 votes (0%)
Lolita: 1 votes (5.26%)
No Books Ever!: 17 votes (89.47%)
Total Votes: 19

Banned for Explicit Language

Banned for Being Anti-Christian

Banned for Insensitivity to Racial Issues and "Coarse Language"