Banned Books Week Celebration at the Forest Grove Campus Library

Banned Books Week (September 21-27) is meant to highlight the importance of intellectual freedom, and the right to read and discover information of all kinds. Many books are challenged in school libraries due to their perceived unsuitability for a particular age group.

This year, libraries across the nation are highlighting graphic novels. Pacific University Libraries’ display reflects this theme. All items on display are available to be checked out.

Extended by popular demand: The Forest Grove Campus library will continue to display banned books through the second week of October. Everyone is invited to write a note about a banned book and tape it to one of the book posters in the stairwell leading to the mezzanine or take a mug shot like the faculty, students and staff shown below.

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Can you match the reader with their banned book of choice?

Dean Lisa Carstens

  1.  The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

Olin Blackmore

  1.  Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Al Weiss

  1.  Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Kayla Newcomb

  1.  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Christina Guzman-Alvarez

  1.  Beloved by Toni Morrison

Professor James Moore

  1.  Ulysses by James Joyce

Professor Martha Rampton

  1. Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite

Professor David Boersema

  1. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov



For more information on Banned Books Week, book challenges and censorship, please visit the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom’s Banned Books or

There is also a Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out on YouTube. Or, share this quiz with your friends: if you were a banned book, which one would you be?

For more information about the Libraries’ hours and services, visit the Libraries’ homepage.

Monday, Oct. 6, 2014