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Banned Books Week, Day 1

Published on September 22, 2014 by in Uncategorized


Welcome to Banned Books Week! Each day, we will post a poster of a GCC community member reading a book that has been banned at some point. We hope to highlight that we are lucky enough to have access to these books, and that these books mean a lot to people- their lives would be different had they not been able to access these books. By showcasing the censorship that is still occurring, we hope we can come one step closer to full access to information for everyone.

Our first poster features Professor Emeritus Anne Wiley, reading Persepolis. From the Comic Books Legal Defense Fund:

annewileyfinaldraftPersepolis, Marjane Satrapi’s graphic memoir of growing up during the Iranian Revolution, has received international acclaim since its initial publication in French. When it was released in English in 2003, bothTime Magazine and the New York Times recognized it as one of the best books of the year. In 2007 it was adapted as an animated film, which was nominated for an Oscar and won the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize and a French César. Although it was certainly controversial in the Middle East, there were no publicly reported challenges or bans of the book in U.S. schools or libraries until March 2013, when Chicago Public Schools administrators abruptly pulled it from some classrooms.

The circumstances surrounding the ban remain unclear to this day. In an email to employees, principal Christopher Dignam of Lane Tech College Prep High School initially said that he had been instructed by district administrators to remove Persepolis from the school’s library in addition to discontinuing its use in classrooms. Predictably, a furor ensued as students and teachers held protests and anti-censorship groups including CBLDF demanded an explanation. The day after Dignam’s email, district CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett sent another email to principals claiming that the intention was never to remove the book from libraries, but only from classrooms due to “graphic language and images that are not appropriate for general use.” The book was approved for use in grade 11 classrooms, removed from grade 7 classrooms, and reviewed for use in grade 8 – 10 classrooms. The book is listed in CPS’s 2013-14 Literacy Content Framework only for grade 11 students, which likely means it was not approved for use in grade 8 – 10 classrooms.

As Chicago students themselves pointed out, the few panels in Persepolis depicting torture techniques that were used on Iranian dissidents are no more graphic than images encountered while studying other true events such as the Holocaust or slavery. Moreover, many of these same students are exposed to real-life violence daily in their own neighborhoods, so the official CPS justification for the restriction of a modern classic in the nation’s third-largest school district remains unconvincing.” (LINK)

We chose to highlight this poster, for this book, on the first day to call back to Molly Dowd, who chose this book to be on her poster last year. We love and miss you, Molly:

Our second poster features a student, David Oneacre, reading a book from the Bone series.

davidoneacrefinaldraftThe theme of this year’s Banned Books Week is comics and graphic novels. David is reading from a very popular series which was one of the top ten books that were banned or challenged in 2013. From the Comic Books Legal Defense Fund:

“Although considered a modern comics classic that’s delighted millions of readers all over the world, Jeff Smith’s Bone is also one of the most commonly challenged books in American libraries. Bone tells of three creatures known as the Bones, who are outcast from their home village of Boneville and lost in a human land called The Valley. In The Valley, the Bones find themselves surrounded by talking bugs, vicious rat-like monsters, magic, and the occasional dragon. Smith’s epic follows Fone Bone and his two cousins, Smiley and Phoney, as they meet the valley’s denizens, become embroiled in their society, and discover their own heroism in confrontation with the rat creatures and their mystical master, the Lord of Locusts.

According to ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, the Bone series has faced several challenges and at least one ban over the years. (Some cases that were reported directly to OIF by librarians or teachers have incomplete information in order to maintain the submitters’ anonymity.)…

In 2012 Bone was relocated from a
Texas elementary school to a junior high school in the same district because of another “unsuited for age group” complaint. Finally in 2013 it was challenged twice more in Texas schools, at Colleyville Elementary School in Colleyville and Whitley Road Elementary in Watauga. In the latter case the unidentified complainant said that vol. 2, The Great Cow Race, was “politically, racially, or socially offensive,” while the parent in Colleyville complained of “violence or horror” in the entire series. Both school districts reviewed the books and opted to keep them where they were.

Because of the Texas challenges, Bone came in at #10 on ALA’s list of books frequently challenged in 2013. Smith responded to the inclusion of Bone on the list shortly after ALA announced it in early 2014:

I learned this weekend that Bone has been challenged on the basis of “political viewpoint, racism and violence.” I have no idea what book these people read. After fielding these and other charges for a while now, I’m starting to think such outrageous accusations (really, racism?) say more about the people who make them than about the books themselves.”



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Banned Books Week: Sept. 21-27

Published on September 19, 2014 by in Uncategorized


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 12 to 1, 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.

For more information on this week, visit For more information on banned comics, check out the amazing Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

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Do you like trivia? How about the US Constitution? Well, lucky for you – the library is hosting a Constitution Day Trivia Contest this Wednesday!

Weds., Sept. 17th, noon to one, in the library solarium.

Individuals and teams of up to 5 are welcome to participate. Students, faculty, and staff are all invited.

Food & prizes for contestants!

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Welcome, students!!

Published on September 2, 2014 by in Uncategorized


We are so happy to see the campus full of students again! So much hope and excitement accompanies the first day of school- good luck to all students, faculty, and staff. May you have your best year yet!

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Fall semester hours

Published on August 28, 2014 by in Uncategorized


Regular semester hours resume with the start of fall courses, on September 2nd, 2014. Our regular hours are:

  • Monday to Thursday: 8 am to 8:30 pm
  • Friday: 8 am to 5 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Closed Sunday

Exceptions for fall 2014:

  • Monday, September 1st: closed for Labor Day
  • Monday, October 13th: closed for Columbus Day
  • Tuesday, November 11th: closed for Veterans’ Day
  • Wednesday, November 26th: open 8 am to 5 pm (closed early for Thanksgiving recess)
  • Thursday, November 27th through Sunday, November 30th: closed for Thanksgiving recess
  • Monday, December 22nd through Wednesday, December 24th: open 8 am to 5 pm (closed early for winter recess)
  • Thursday, December 25th through Sunday, January 4th: closed for winter recess

Reduced January hours will begin on Monday, January 5th, 2015. Regular semester hours resume at the beginning of the spring semester.

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Next week, the library will have slightly reduced hours and be open from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday, August 25th through Friday, August 29th. Please note that we will also be closed for Saturday, August 30th; Sunday, August 31st; and Monday, September 1st for the Labor Day holiday.

Regular semester hours for the fall will resume on Tuesday, September 2nd.

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Due to a water main break at the entrance to the campus and lack of water on campus, the college will close for the day effective 11:00 am.

We are not yet sure about evening classes or tomorrow – please check later this afternoon and in the morning. The library will remain closed for the remainder of the day, even if campus re-opens.

Please use the Homestead entrance/exit when leaving campus. College Drive is closed.

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Open until 5 pm Fridays

Published on August 11, 2014 by in Uncategorized


Beginning this Friday, August 15th, through until the fall semester begins, we will return to full Fridays, and will be open from 8 am to 5 pm.

For more information about our hours, visit


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Beginning with this coming Friday, June 13th, the library will be open from 8 am to noon for summer Fridays. These early closings will last until August 15th.

For more information on our summer hours, visit

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Memorial Day Hours

Published on May 22, 2014 by in Uncategorized


We will be closed this Saturday & Sunday, as we will be for all weekends through the summer. We will also be closed Monday, May 26th for Memorial Day.

For more information on summer hours, visit

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