Celebrate Your Freedom to Read

Image of Banned Books Display in the IMC

Checked out a banned book lately? Belk Library is celebrating Banned Books Week, an annual event held during the last week of September that celebrates your freedom to read. The event was first held in 1892 after an increase in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries.  Over 11,300 books have been challenged since 1892. Due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection. Belk Library is committed to supporting the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
Stop by the Instructional Materials Center on the lower level to check out books from our banned books display, and visit our Pinterest board of banned books to discover what you are missing.


Love your display for "Banned Books Week" - What is displayed with each book? I see a # & a yellow slip with the book. If you can share more details, it would be appreciated.

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Hello Barbara,

The yellow slip includes the following:
author and title of the book
description of challenges
source citation (where challenge information came from)
book call number
Thanks for your interest in our Banned Books Week display.

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