Banned books that are available at your
San Antonio College Library
The SAC Writing Center
The Writing Center has created this event to give you the opportunity to put your banned books' knowledge to the test. This activity provides you with a description of 20 books! However, your goal is to identify four. Just FOUR! What are you waiting for, participate today.
Here is the list of the BANNED books we complied for you.
On the Shelf - Banned Books Week!
September 2, 2021 (all day)
Learn which books made the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2020 and, more importantly, why they made the list. We are getting ready for Banned Books Week, September 26 - October 2, 2021, by drawing attention to censorship and highlighting the need for diverse books. Please visit the Tulare Public Library YouTube Page to watch the recorded program, which will be posted in the On the Shelf playlist.
After Hours with Banned Books
Zoom ~ September 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT
In 1616, nearly 75 years after Nicholaus Copernicus’ theories on planetary motion first appeared in print, the Congregation of the Index of Prohibited Books ruled that copies of De Revolutionibus must be “suspended until corrected.” This was not an outright ban of the text, but a call for its “expurgation,” a practice for selectively censoring parts of books that the Catholic Church deemed suspect, dangerous, or otherwise heretical. The Congregation’s final decree, issued in 1620, called for the removal of only a few passages, as the book was “most useful and necessary to astronomy.” The history of science offers many similar cases, where useful books for scientists, doctors, and other professionals were allowed to circulate, even despite explicitly controversial content. Censoring scientific books was not at all straightforward, and readers were often allowed access to “banned” works because of the value of their content. Join Harvard professor Hannah Marcus and the Library’s Assistant Curator for Special Collections Jamie Cumby as they discuss how prohibited books were read in early modern Europe, and share examples of expurgated books held by the Library.
The following is from the American Libraries Magazine article 50 Years of Intellectual Freedom, written by OIF staff celebrating the office’s anniversary.
Banned Books Week was launched in the 1980s, a time of increased challenges, organized protests, and the Island Trees School District v. Pico (1982) Supreme Court case, which ruled that school officials can’t ban books in libraries simply because of their content.
Banned books were showcased at the 1982 American Booksellers Association (ABA) BookExpo America trade show in Anaheim, California. At the entrance to the convention center towered large, padlocked metal cages, with some 500 challenged books stacked inside and a large overhead sign cautioning that some people considered these books dangerous.
Drawing on the success of the exhibit, ABA invited OIF Director Judith Krug to join a new initiative called Banned Books Week, along with the National Association of College Stores. The three organizations scrambled to put something together by the September show date and ended up distributing a news release and a publicity kit, hoping that with their combined membership of 50,000 people, they could continue to spark a conversation about banned books.
The initiative took off. Institutions and stores hosted read-outs, and window displays morphed into literary graveyards or mysterious collections of brown-bagged books. Major news outlets such as PBS and the New York Times covered the event, and mayors and governors issued proclamations affirming the week.
ALA is currently part of a national coalition to promote Banned Books Week, along with 14 other contributors and sponsors. Krug led the Banned Books Week efforts as OIF director until her unexpected death in 2009. Her legacy lives on in the Freedom to Read Foundation’s Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund, a grant awarded to nonprofits to host Banned Books Week events.