CCL Celebrates Banned Books Week

Between September 25 and October 1 the Claremont Colleges Library is celebrating Banned Books Week through a series of events. We are hosting two study breaks in the Collaborative Commons, and a "Read Out" on Thursday, September 29 from 6 to 8 pm.

Study breaks: Collaborative Commons. Open to anyone who wants a study break to do a word search and chat about banned books!
• Monday, September 26: 11 am - noon
• Wednesday, September 28: 4-5 pm

Read-Out: An event where volunteers read out sections from their favorite banned books. Includes food and prizes!
• Thursday, September 29: 6-8 pm

More information at:

Details about Banned Books Week:

What is it?
Banned Books Week is an annual event supported by libraries, publishers, journalists, teachers, and others to support the freedom to seek, publish, read, and express ideas. It was launched in 1982 as a response to an increase in the number of challenges to books in bookstores, schools, and libraries.

Why is it important?
BBW focuses on efforts in the United States to remove or restrict access to books, bringing attention to the harms of censorship and and celebrating the cases where those challenges have been overturned and the items remain available.

What books are challenged?
The American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of most frequently challenged books. This list is based on anecdotal data from media reports and voluntary reporting about book challenges in the united states. The OIF received reports of 5,099 challenges that occurred between 2000 and 2009, and maintains lists of top ten challenged books per year.

Challenges are defined as "documented requests to remove materials from schools or libraries, thus restricting access to them by others" However, The ALA reports that up to 85% of book challenges go unreported in and have no media coverage. For more information, see:

The Claremont Colleges Library supports students, faculty, staff, and community members in their freedom to explore new ideas, both during Banned Books Week and beyond.

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