September 25th through October 1st is Banned Books Week this year (2016). Although the name might at first seem a little misleading or confusing, Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read – it is after all our first amendment right! This annual event focuses on efforts to restrict or remove books from schools and libraries, usually by parents who find the content to be offensive or inappropriate in some way. By focusing on these efforts, Banned Books Week is actually drawing attention to the harm of censorship in our communities.
If you’d like to learn more, visit the ALA page on Banned Books Week and look for more posts this week on Dacus Library’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Also, drop by Dacus Library and check out a banned book – we have some displayed on the main floor. If you’re not sure where to find a particular book, whether it’s been challenged somewhere or not, just ask us at the Information Commons desk or search our catalog here.
Get the word out! September 27th – October 3rd is Banned Books Week. Come to Dacus Library and check out our exhibit in the lobby and get your mug shot taken to show us that you too love banned books! If you’ve got some free time to read, check out a banned book from our display and take it home with you. We celebrate our freedom to read every day but especially this week!
Frequently challenged or banned young adult fiction is the theme of Banned Books Week this year. Take a look at the top ten most frequently challenged YA titles. For more information on Banned Books Week, check out The American Library Association’s site.
Grace won week two of our trivia contest in honor of Black History Month!
Did you get the correct answers?
Q: Where was William H. Johnson born?
A: Florence, SC
Q: The nine men who staged a sit-in at McCory’s lunch counter in Rock Hill, SC in 1961 became known as?
A: Friendship Nine
Q: In what year did Winthrop integrate?
Congratulations to Brandy Brogden who won the first Starbucks gift card in our Black History Month trivia contest! Did you get the answers correct?
Q: What was William H. Johnson’s occupation?
Q: Where did the Incident of the Lunch Counter take place?
A: Rock Hill, SC
Q: Who was the first African American to attend Winthrop University?
A: Cynthia Roddey
Remember new questions will be posted on Monday each week in February, so don’t forget to play! There will be a random drawing for a mystery prize at the end of February.
Tip: Remember to include your name and email on your answer sheet.
Come check out our new displays in Dacus Library in honor of Black History Month. Answer trivia questions to be entered for a chance to win one of three (3) $5 Starbucks gift cards! Answers to the trivia questions can be found in the library displays. Drawings will be held on each of the following Fridays: February 13, 20, & 27, but you do not need to be present to win.
Take a look at the following displays (all located on the main floor):
- Four display cases in the exhibit room featuring: William H. Johnson and The Harlem Renaissance, Integration at Winthrop, The First African-American Females at Winthrop, and The Friendship Nine.
- Popular fiction with a spotlight on black authors (located on the table in front of the main stairwell).
- New books shelf featuring new books in black history (located on the back wall between the Dean’s office and the Group Study Lounge/restrooms).