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Banned Book Week 2023: Celebrating the Freedom to Read: Home

Celebrating the Freedom to Read: Banned Book Week 2023

Dates: September 25-October 13, 2023

Locations: Library and NEA Building

Banned Book Week is an annual celebration of the freedom to read.

It highlights the importance of intellectual freedom and the right to access information without censorship.

Join us as we celebrate  diversity of thought, the power of words, the freedom to read, and the courage to challenge restrictions on literary expression.

All events and activities sponsored by the Library and Communications Divisions at Los Angeles Harbor College

Information Table

Round tableOn Monday and Tuesday, October 2 and 3, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to stop by the information table located at the library’s west entrance for information on banned and challenged books as well as discussion prompts and free candy.

Essay Writing Contest

Starting Monday, September 25 and ending Friday, October 13, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to write a 250-word essay on the following topic:

“Provide a reason why a book was banned or challenged and provide a counterargument defending the book.”

For a list of books, visit the “Hidden Reasons” displays in the library and NEA building, or choose a book of your own.

Entry form

Hidden Reasons

Hidden Reasons banner imageFind your next captivating read in the library and NEA building.

Look under the paper bags in the library’s open furniture displays.

Don’t be afraid to peek behind the book covers on the bulletin boards of the NEA building (second floor).

Explore a wide range of banned and challenged books with reasons why they were banned or challenged, including classics and contemporary favorites, available to borrow in the college library now.

Graveyard of Banned Books

ghost readingVisit the library’s glass display case to celebrate several beloved titles that have been challenged and banned throughout history.