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Celebrating the Right To Read : Banned and Challenged Books Display, September 2015

At this year's celebration of National Banned Book Week, we are displaying following books which were historically challenged or banned from schools and libraries. Banned Book Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the county draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2015 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 27 - October 3

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Banned Books Read-Out 2015

At: Rush Rhees Library, Q&i

October 1, 2015,

                 3:00pm - 4:00pm                   

"Books and ideas are the most effective weapons against intolerance and ignorance.” —President Lyndon B. Johnson

Lolita. To Kill a Mockingbird. The Great Gatsby. These books and many others are, or at one time were, banned or challenged in libraries, schools, and bookstores across the globe. In 1982, the American Library Association launched Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and express ideas. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982, making the event and the attention it draws to the dangers of censorshop as important as ever.

In honor of this year’s Banned Books Week (September 27-October 3, 2015), the River Campus Libraries is hosting a Read Out on Thursday, October 1 from 3-4 p.m. in the Q&i area of Rush Rhees Library. University leadership, faculty, staff, and students will read short passages in any language from their favorite banned or challenged books. Members of the Greater Rochester community are also invited to participate. 

Readers include:

Joel Seligman, University of Rochester President and CEOCatch-22

Gloria Culver, Dean of the School of Arts & SciencesTheir Eyes Were Watching God

Richard Feldman, Dean of the CollegeThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mary Ann Mavrinac, Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of River Campus LibrariesThe Catcher in the Rye

Jamal Rossi, Joan and Martin Messinger Dean of the Eastman School of MusicFor Whom the Bell Tolls

A special exhibition of banned books selected from the collections of the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation will be on display in the Q&i area of Rush Rhees Library through Sunday, October 4.

For lists of the most frequently banned and challenged books, click here

To schedule a time to read during the event, please contact Mari Tsuchiya at or (585) 275-5506.