Banned Books Week at the College of Charleston


It’s Banned Books Week and CofC has been holding events all week. Today was the DIY Fair. Despite originally scheduled to be on the River’s Green, this characteristically fall weather pushed the event inside. We stamped a flag design on a card that will be sent off to military troops soon. The stars were even cut out of a Civil War book! We also picked up a tote bag and t-shirt with a screen printed design created at Redux and watched a few library assistants make buttons in support of free speech and ending book censorship. There was also an Evernote workshop this afternoon that I really wish I could have attended.

Going to this event really got me thinking about how many books I have read and love that have been banned or challenge. I can’t imagine my childhood and adolescence without these (some of which are still my absolute favorite books):

  • Of Mice and Men

  • the Harry Potter series

  • Bridge to Terabithia

  • the Cather in the Rye

  • The Giver

  • Goosebumps series

  • Captain Underpants

  • A Wrinkle in Time

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • Lord of the Flies

  • Bless me Ultima

  • Fahrenheit 451

  • Junie B Jones series

  • the Hunger Games series

  • Perks of Being a Wallflower

  • Flowers for Algernon

I read a sweet book about two penguin dads and it was so tasteful and age appropriate. Banned books aren’t just a thing of the past. 

It’s not too late to attend events on campus! They will still have a photobooth tomorrow and you can always check out banned books. Learn more here. CofC’s Banned Books Week even has their own tumblr!