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Banned Books Week



Cabell Library
901 Park Avenue, Richmond, Va. 23284


During the American Library Association's Banned Book Week, join us for a series of interactive events that celebrate your right to access banned or challenged materials.

A "challenge" is an attempt, based upon objections of a person or group, to remove or restrict materials from the library. A "banning" is the removal of challenged materials from the library. Most challenges fail, thanks to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens. Learn more at the American Library Association's website.

The events are free and open to the public. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. For questions, please contact the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-1105.


Sept. 25–Oct. 1

Selfies with Banned or Challenged Materials
A collection of books, comics, DVDs, videogames, etc. that have been challenged in the past will be available on a bookcart near the Information Desk, together with mugshot ID plaque prop labeled "Offense: reading banned books" so that patrons can take photos of themselves with favorite banned or challenged materials. Patrons will be encouraged to share via social media with the hashtag #VCUright2read.

Sept. 26, 1–3 pm.
Sept. 27, 4–6 p.m.
Study Room 201a

Videobooth for Readings from Banned or Challenged Books
We will offer a videobooth so that students, faculty and staff can be videotaped reading a selection from a banned or challenged book (2–3 minute's worth). VCU Libraries Innovative Media staff will handle the production, then upload videos to the ALA BBW YouTube channel and provide a URL to readers so that they can share on social media as well. Books will be pulled from our collection and made available, or patrons can bring their own.

Sept. 29, 7–8:30 pm.
Multipurpose Room (250)
The Comic Book Menace! Banning Comics in the U.S.
Tom De Haven, comics expert and author and faculty member in the VCU Department of English, will talk on the history of comic book censorship in the US.

Image: VCU Libraries Banned Books Week Logo, by Natasha Levandoski


VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
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Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
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