SBU Libraries celebrates Banned Books Week with a special display located just inside the entrance of the Central Reading Room. Banned Books Week is an annual event meant to highlight the importance of access to books and the freedom to read without restrictions.
The display features books from the library collection that have been challenged in the past for a variety of reasons, ranging from the ideas expressed and language used to their depictions of marginalized people.
You’ll find such titles as The Complete Maus, The Bluest Eye, Fahrenheit 451, The Naked and the Dead, The Hate U Give, and many more – each emblazoned with the grounds given for its attempted banning.
You can also help spread the word about the freedom to read and get caught reading a Banned Book. Take a mugshot in front of the photo-op wall next to the display and post it to Instagram – remembering to tag us @sbulibraries. Also check out our social media pages as we highlight the stories of our “banned books” throughout the week.
The display was created by AUS staff Marta Weigand and Deborah Tomengo.
For more on Banned Books Week, see: