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Banned Books Week

Celebrate Banned Books Week with the SWIC Libraries! Librarians strive to ensure all members of our community are represented and reflected in the books and other information sources found in the library.

Celebrate with SWIC Libraries

Join us for a chance to win a $20 Barnes & Noble Bookstore gift card!

Stop by any of our campus locations this week to discover more about banned and challenged books.

  • Guess the shredded banned / challenged book for a chance to win a Barnes & Noble Bookstore gift card
  • Take a selfie with a Banned Book
  • View banned book displays - all books are available for check out
  • Ask a librarian for assistance to discover more information about censorship

*Must be current SWIC student, staff, or faculty to be eligible for gift card drawing.

Banned Books Week 2022

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Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read and spotlighting current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. For 40 years, the annual event has brought together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.

In a time of intense political polarization, library staff in every state are facing an unprecedented number of attempts to ban books. ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 729 challenges to library, school and university materials and services in 2021, resulting in more than 1,597 individual book challenges or removals. Most targeted books were by or about Black or LGBTQIA+ persons.

The theme for Banned Books Week 2022 is "Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us." Sharing stories important to us means sharing a part of ourselves. Books reach across boundaries and build connections between readers. Censorship, on the other hand, creates barriers. Banned Books Week is both a reminder of the unifying power of stories and the divisiveness of censorship, and a call to action for readers across the country to push back against censorship attempts in their communities.

- American Library Association website

Books Banned at Higher Numbers 2021 - 2022