Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2013 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 22-28. Banned Books Week 2014 will be held September 21-27.
Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. For more information on Banned Books Week, click here. According to the American Library Association, there were 464 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2012, and many more go unreported. The 10 most challenged titles of 2012 were:
Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
Looking for Alaska, by John Green.
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
Beloved, by Toni Morrison/ Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence
Please visit our display located in the Student Lounge of Gelman's new entrance floor!
Please join us Wednesday, September 25 from 6:30-8:00 PM in room 702 of Gelman Library for "A Splendid Wake," an event to honor poets
This Wednesday, September 18th, is Eckles’ birthday! Come on in throughout the day to meet the staff and help celebrate — there will be special treats all throughout the day and an official party at 4 pm with cake and other goodies. Rumor has it that there may also be some really special birthday giveaways offered to loyal followers on Twitter (@eckleslibrary) and Facebook friends… so you should not miss those! Share the #eckleslove and keep in touch all year!
International Student Coffee Hour at the Global Resources Center
Thursday, September 19th
Please join us in Gelman Library, Suite 708 for an international student coffee hour co-hosted by the Global Resources Center and the International Services Office. Take a tour of the GRC, chat with a Specialist about your research and global interests and enjoy a snack with your ISO friends! Please RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/intlcoffeehour
The Special Collections Research Center is pleased to announce a new, more comprehensive guide to the papers of David A.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Campus-wide Moment of Silence
The George Washington University will observe a moment of silence to remember the victims and heroes of September 11, 2001. We ask that, to the extent possible, all members of the GW community pause in their academic and professional activities for one minute at 8:46 a.m. The carillon bells on the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses will toll for the duration of the moment of silence.
H Street, between 20th and 21st Streets, NW
Foggy Bottom Campus
The event will honor the memory of the nine GW alumni who died in the September 11 tragedy as well as all of those who lost their lives as a result of the attacks that day. The observance is open to the entire GW community and all friends of the university. Please join us as we remember those who died and those who have subsequently risked their lives to protect our nation. The rain location is Marc C. Abrahms Great Hall at the Marvin Center, First Floor, 800 21st Street, NW, Foggy Bottom Campus. For further information, call (202) 994-7129 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us at 3 pm, Friday September 6th, in Post Hall on GW's Mt Vernon Campus!
This talk will explore the ways in which large scale digitization projects have created new access problems while solving old ones; it will also show some underlying similarities between the physical codex and the digital surrogates that we are now creating for printed books: both are "massively addressable objects," simply at a different scale. The plays of Shakespeare are only one place where this convergence can be explored; they will serve as a point of departure in this talk.
Focusing on digital culture, curatorial insights, and library research, Michael Witmore's talk promises to be very entertaining and accessible.
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Dr. Michael Witmore is Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library and author, most recently, of Shakespearean Metaphysics and Landscapes of the Passing Strange: Reflections from Shakespeare (with Rosamond Purcell). He is part of the Mellon funded digital research initiative Visualizing English Print, 1470-1800 and maintains a blog on digital approaches to literary studies at www.winedarksea.org
Free shuttle to Mt Vern: http://transportation.gwu.edu/mount-vernon-shuttle-vern-express
Show us your Instagram love = Win a study room on the new entrance floor!
Do you want to reserve your entrance floor study room before everyone else for the upcoming fall midterms or finals? Take an Instagram shot of your fave new spot on the entrance floor (inside and out!) and tag us with @gelmanlibrary in your caption. Best picture wins! The deadline is midnight, August 26th, so don’t forget, this gives you all day at Librarypalooza to discover new research tools and snap away!
Questions? Talk to us on Twitter @gelmanlibrary #gelmaninstagramcontest
• How long does the contest run? The contest runs until August 26th at midnight.
• Who is eligible to enter? Any member of the GW Community with a valid GWID.
• Do participants have an entry limit? Limit 3 photos per entry.
• How will the winner be selected? The winner will be selected by our Renovation team.
• How will the winner be contacted? They will be contacted via their instagram account.
We look forward to seeing your photos!