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Banned Books

This guide is about National Banned Books Week, where we celebrate our freedom as Americans to read challenged and banned books, and explore why books are still subject to censorship attempts.

Banned Books Week at SMCL

Join us at South Mountain Community Library as we celebrate National Banned Books Week, Sept. 22 -  28, 2019.

On Wednesday, 9/25, we have two events celebrating and exploring 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!

6th Annual SMCL Read-a-Thon:

Wednesday, 9/25 @ 10:00 - 11:30am, SMCL 162/3

Join Dr. Kimberly Mauldin as she discusses her experiences with challenges to books as a former Board Member of the Chandler Public Library. 

Additionally, students, faculty and staff will be reading from their favorite challenged or banned books. Readings should last for approximately one minute.

Check out our large book display, where people often discover that their favorite titles have been challenged or banned.

Free and open to the public. Extra credit sign-in for SMCC students. Enjoy light refreshments.


The Danger of Poetic Censorship in 21st Century America: A Talk for Banned Books Week, with Rosemarie Dombrowski

Wednesday, 9/25 @ 11:30am to 12:30pm, SMCL 162/3

Join the City of Phoenix's Poet Laureate, Rosemarie Dombrowski, for a lively and engaging discussion on the history of banned texts, and a reading of selected banned poems. 

Free and open to the public. Extra credit sign-in for SMCC students. Light refreshments. Display of banned poetry books.

Co-sponsored by:  South Mountain Community Library and City of Phoenix's Office of Arts and Culture.