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This guide is all about National Banned Books Week, when we celebrate historically banned books and film, and explore the reasons that books still get censored.

Banned Books Week at SMCL

Join us at South Mountain Community College as we celebrate ALA Banned Books Week 2017.

For three days, we will celebrate and explore the history and power of books, poetry, and plays, why literature gets challenged, and what we can do about it. 

Check out the neighboring tabs for a list of events!

A Live Reading of Oedipus Rex:

Monday, 9/25 @ 3:00 PM, SMCC Black Box Theater

Join our theater students and director Julie Holston in a special reading of Sophocles' famous play, Oedipus Rex, located in SMCC's Black Box Theater.

The Fourth Annual SMCL Read-a-Thon:

Tuesday, 9/26 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, L162/163

Join other students, faculty, and staff as we read from our favorite challenged/banned books. Readings should last for approximately one minute.


Check out our book and movie displays, where people often discover that their favorite titles have been challenged, censored, and even banned.

*There will also be an assortment of refreshments provided by South Mountain Community College at the Read-a-Thon

*All events are open and welcome to the public!

Banned Poetry: A Reading & Conversation with Rosemarie Dombrowski, Poet Laureate of Phoenix:

Wednesday, 9/27 @ 2:00 - 3:00 PM, L162

Hear poetry readings from The City of Phoenix's Poet Laureate, Rosemarie Dombrowski, and engage in conversation about why poetry gets challenged.

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Banned Books Week

National 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.

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. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.*

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