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Celebrate your freedom to read!

Banned Books Week is September 24 - 30th, 2017

Check out the events and come celebrate your freedom to read!

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings 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.


Join the DePaul University Library and the DePaul University Center for Writing-based Learning at these events to celebrate your freedom to read.

Friday September 22th, 10:30 AM - Noon: Catch the UCWbL and the Library as they discuss banned books on Scrawl Radio.

Monday September 25th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM DePaul Center, 11th Floor and

Tuesday September 26th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Lincoln Park Student Center, 1st Floor

Visit our information tables to peruse banned books, make banned books buttons, enter a raffle, and share which banned book gives you power!

Thursday September 28th 2:00 - 5:00 PM: "Read In" 2nd floor John T. Richardson Library. Come read and explore banned and challenged books from the DePaul University Library's collection or B.Y.O.B.B. (banned book)!

Friday September 29, 1:00 - 2:30 PM: City Lit Theater presents: Books on the Chopping Block, 115 John T. Richardson Library. Watch a performance of readings from the 10 most challenged books of 2016 by the actors of City Lit Theater. Raffle, Refreshments and Q&A to follow.

Top 10 Challenged Books of 2016

Words Have Power!

Every year, there are hundreds of known attempts to remove books from bookstores, libraries and schools.  That’s thousands of lost opportunities to explore ideas that fuel understanding. Words have power and access to diverse ideas makes all of us more powerful. #wordshavepower