Published: April 5, 2022

On Tuesday, April 12, the University Libraries will be giving away fifty copies of challenged books.Image of book with stop sign over it

A banned book is one that has been removed from the shelf of a library or school whereas a challenged book is a book that some people think should be removed from shelves. Last month, the American Library Association (ALA) reported that 330 titles were challenged in schools and libraries last fall. 

For academic libraries, book banning isn’t just about defending access to information — it’s about resisting attempts to erase history. 

“It’s important for people to have access to information so they can think critically about topics and have informed opinions,” Romance Languages Librarian Kathia Ibacache said.

Meet with librarians in Norlin Commons by the east entrance — learn about banned books and e, win one of several titles while supplies last. The titles are: 

  • The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
  • The 1619 Project, by Nikole Hannah-Jones
  • Maus, by Art Spiegelman
  • Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
  • All Boys Aren’t Blue, by George Matthew Johnson
  • The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

Beat back the ban with the University Libraries. Because librarians can help you find the information people try to hide. 

  • Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2022
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
  • Location: Norlin Commons, East entrance