As part of the Library’s commemoration of Banned Books week, we invite you to join us at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30, on the Library’s Main Floor to listen to readings from banned or challenged books.
A “banned” book is one that has been removed from a library collection or a school based on the successful objection of a person or group. A “challenge,” on the other hand, is “an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group.” It is important to note that while some books, such as The Catcher in the Rye, continue to sustain many challenges, others may appear on a frequently-challenged title list for several years, and then fall off the list as social and community mores change. For a list of frequently banned or challenged books of the 21st century, see the American Library Association’s web site. (None of these books have been banned at UW-Whitewater, and in fact, many are available for checkout in the Library!)
Join us as campus and community leaders, faculty, and students read excerpts from banned books, such as The Golden Compass, The Color Purple, and Ulysses. The first reader is … Chancellor Richard Telfer!
This event is free and open to the public.