Banned Books Week is here! We will be celebrating the freedom to read all week, along with libraries, publishers, book stores, and readers across the country. The theme of this year’s Banned Books Week is comics. Comics and graphic novels have long been a very popular genre among readers but have frequently been targeted for removal from libraries, stores, and home book shelves because of their visual nature and perceived low cultural value.
This week, we will be highlighting all kinds of amazing books, comics, and graphic novels that we are proud to have available in our library. The purpose is to illustrate how and why books get banned, and how libraries across the nation and world are fighting to keep access to material (even the controversial) open to all. Some of the best books of all time have been banned, at one point or another! We hope that these great books will always be available, to everyone, in the future.
So, how are we celebrating?
- Library displays in the solarium and on the library bulletin board, in the hallway just outside the library.
- Posters featuring GCC students, faculty, and staff reading their favorite banned books & comics on the library blog and facebook page. (See previous years posters here.)
- Wednesday, September 24th, from 2 to 3:15, in the library solarium:
- “The Seduction of the Innocent” : GCC’s Graphic Novels professor Scott Herstad speaks about censored comics. Free snacks and coffee!
- Thursday, September 25th, from 12 to 1, in the MacLeish room (C307):
- Read aloud and listen to passages from your favorite banned books.