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Banned Books Week

Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Learning Resources Department will once again celebrate Banned Books Week both virtually and in-person, September 19 – 23 with various events at all eight MDC campuses.

Banned Books Week - September 18 to 24, 2022

Banned Books Week 2022 - "Censorship Divides Us"

Banned Books Week is the annual celebration of the freedom to read. The event is sponsored by a coalition of organizations dedicated to free expression, including American Booksellers for Free Expression, American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Amnesty International USA, Association of University Presses, Authors Guild, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), Freedom to Read Foundation, Index on Censorship, National Book Foundation, National Coalition Against Censorship, National Council of Teachers of English, PEN America, People For the American Way Foundation, and Project Censored. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Banned Books Week also receives generous support from Penguin Random House.

Schedule of Events

All Week, Sept. 19 - 23:

All Week

OverDrive Special Collection: “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.” 

A collection of banned and challenged titles in ebook and audiobook format. This year’s chosen theme by the American Library Association highlights how “books and information bring people together, help individuals see themselves in the stories of others, and aid the development of empathy and understanding for people from other backgrounds.” 

Hosted virtually

All Week

Banned Books Week: Book Displays

The American Library Association launched Banned Books Week in 1982 in response to the numerous challenges against booksLearning Resources will display a selection of “most challenged books” throughout the years including as recently as 2022. The books featured during this week have all been targeted for restriction or removal from libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to restrict access to or ban books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Join us to fight against censorship, and to promote the freedom to read.

Hosted by Hialeah Campus
Library – Room 1400
1780 W 49th Street
Hialeah, FL 33012
Hosted by Homestead Campus
Library – Room D 101
500 College Terrace
Homestead, FL 33030
Hosted at Kendall Campus
Library – Room 2230
11011 SW 104th Street
Miami, FL 33176
Hosted at Meek Center
Library – Room 1103
6300 NW 7th Avenue
Miami, FL 33150
Hosted by North Campus
Library – Room 2101
1138 NW 27th Avenue
Miami, FL 33167
Hosted by Padrón Campus
Library – Room 6011
627 SW 27th Avenue
Miami, FL 33135
Hosted by West Campus
Library – Room 1124
3800 NW 115th Avenue
Doral, FL 33178
Hosted by Wolfson Campus
Library – Room 1216
300 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33132
 

Weeklong

140 Billion Books in the World – Share Your Favorite! (Coming Soon!)

Inviting all students and the community to share the title and a few thoughts on what makes their favorite books so special. 

Weeklong

Welcome (Us) to Your (Own) Library - Take a Library Shelfie! (Coming Soon!)

Inviting all students, staff, and the community to share a personal bookcase shelfie-selfie. Add a pet! Dress as a fav literary character and share your own home library!

All Week

Choose Your Own Banned Book Adventure

Romance, action/adventure, current events, cultural exploration, spirituality, and so much more. Let's find the banned book for you today with a choose your own banned book adventure!

Hosted virtually by Hialeah Campus

All Week

Find the Reason Matching Game

Let us find out the “reasons” for why several books have been challenged. At the Learning Commons, a magnetic board will be displayed, with the titles of books on one side, and their reasons for censorship on the other. The goal is for students to match each together. Treats will be given to those who can pair the two answers together.

Hosted by Homestead Campus
Library – Room D 101
500 College Terrace
Homestead, FL 33030

All Week

Get Caught Reading a Banned Book!

Demonstrate your defiance and celebrate your freedom to read! Pick your personal favorite banned book and challenge the challengers at our mug-shot selfie station all week!

Hosted at Kendall Campus
Library – Room 2230
11011 SW 104th Street
Miami, FL 33176

All Week

To Ban or Not to Ban...

Examine a triptych of the 171 challenged books from throughout the state of Florida and ask yourself - Is there ever a good reason to ban a book?

Give your answer anonymously with a red chip in the "Yes" jar, or a blue chip in the "No" jar. Check back all week and see how your fellow students feel. What will the final answer be? Yes, or no?

Hosted at Kendall Campus
Library – Room 2230
11011 SW 104th Street
Miami, FL 33176

All Week

You have the right to remain private: Control and access of your personal health information

Banned Books Week is an annual event which celebrates the freedom to read and spotlights attempts to censor books in the U.S. Yet, as health care professionals, we understand that some information cannot be shared. During Banned Books Week, the Medical Campus is leveraging the national spotlight on banned books to answer these questions:

  • What health information do you personally have the right to access?
  • Is health information your responsibility to keep private?

From September 18 - 24, outside the MDC Medical Campus library, a bulletin board displays the importance of avoiding HIPAA violations with examples of common errors in practice.

Hosted by Medical Campus
Library – Room 1202
950 NW 20th Street
Miami, FL 33127

All Week

Your Private Health Information: An Informercial

Faculty Librarian, Carla Clark, and the Academic Writing Coach, Kelly Hernandez, produced a brief infomercial which informs the campus and community on how to access one’s own health information and keep it private and secure. This short video educates the community on the benefits of accessing one’s personal medical history to make better and more informed choices. This infomercial is posted on the MDC Medical Campus social media handles such as Instagram and Facebook.

Hosted by Medical Campus
Library – Room 1202
950 NW 20th Street
Miami, FL 33127

All Week

Caught with a Banned Book? Take Your Mugshot!

Come browse our selection of banned and challenged books written throughout the last few decades. Did one happen to catch your eye? Select a copy of your favorite banned book and strike a pose for the camera—time to have your mugshot taken!

Hosted by West Campus
Library – Room 1124
3800 NW 115th Avenue
Doral, FL 33178

All Week

Meet Your Match: Date Night with a Banned Book

Have you ever been on a blind date? What about with a book? Using wrapping paper, iconic banned and challenged books will be masked. With only a short description of the book and why it’s been banned or challenged, students will be able to blindly meet their match and check them out for a night on the town.

Hosted by West Campus
Library – Room 1124
3800 NW 115th Avenue
Doral, FL 33178

All Week

Sharing Thoughts: "What book would you fight to keep in the library?"

In limiting one’s creative freedom, you are restricting individuals from expressing ideas, feelings, and beliefs. And banning a book does just that—it restricts, it censors, it controls. It creates barriers and silences voices—sometimes, those who need to speak out the most. Join us in either sharing your favorite banned book title or your thoughts on what book you would fight to keep in libraries. A board will be displayed to share your ideas.

Hosted by West Campus
Library – Room 1124
3800 NW 115th Avenue
Doral, FL 33178

Monday, September 19:

12:00pm

Movie Adaptations of Banned Books: The Great Gatsby

Join us to watch and discuss classic movie adaptions of challenged books. Why were these books challenged? Why were they made into movies? Light refreshments will be served.

Hosted by Wolfson Campus
Library – Room 1216 
300 NE 2nd Avenue 
Miami, FL 33132

Tuesday, September 20:

9:50am

Zines: Shining a Light on Censorship

Tiffany Walker, a librarian from Padrón, will discuss how zines, self-published works, can combat censorship.  Tiffany received her MLIS degree from Florida State University and her bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Florida. In 2019, she completed a course on Critical Librarianship in which she learned about the role of zines in information dissemination and community advocacy.

In this presentation, Tiffany will discuss the perils of censorship, the birth of zines, and the use of them.  At the end, she will lead an activity in which participants create their own zine.

Hosted virtually and at North Campus
Library – Room 2101-08
1138 NW 27th Avenue
Miami, FL 33167

12:00pm

Movie Adaptations of Banned Books: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Join us to watch and discuss classic movie adaptions of challenged books. Why were these books challenged? Why were they made into movies? Light refreshments will be served.

Hosted by Wolfson Campus
Library – Room 1216 
300 NE 2nd Avenue 
Miami, FL 33132

1:00pm

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

The Padrón Campus’ Literati book club presents TJ Klune's The House in the Cerulean Sea. Liberty continues to be threatened by the current rise of censorship, book banning, and challenging of material in the United States, especially in schools and libraries. Let's gather to celebrate storytelling and the reading of diverse stories. Linus Baker is a by-the-book case worker in the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. He's tasked with determining whether six dangerous magical children are likely to bring about the end of the world. The House in the Cerulean Sea is an enchanting love story, masterfully told, about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place―and realizing that family is yours.

Hosted virtually by Padrón Campus

Wednesday, September 21:

10:00am

Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us. Presentation by Dr. Adeyiga 

"Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us." Books reach across boundaries and build connections between readers. Censorship, on the other hand, creates barriers. This annual event brings attention to current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. Challenged titles and themes will be discussed during this presentation.

Hosted virtually by Hialeah Campus

12:00pm

Don't Read That!

Comic Books – Innovative! Exciting! Daring! And… dangerous? Throughout their 80+ year history, comic books have faced prohibition, prosecution, organized burnings, and governmental persecution. The MDC Graphic Novel Group invites you to join in a lively discussion of the historical, and on-going, battles faced by graphic novels and comics - from “Seduction of the Innocent” and senate committee hearings in the 1950’s, to the modern-day attacks on “Maus” and more!

Hosted virtually by the Graphic Novel Group

12:00pm

Banned Books Week Celebration

Learning Resources, in collaboration with the West Campus Lit Club, are excited to host Banned Books Week activities at the Monumental Stairs. Activities will include: Meet Your Match: Date Night with a Banned Book, Like a Banned Book? Check it out!, Take a Mugshot with Your Banned Book, and Come Watch a Film Based on a Banned Book!

Hosted by West Campus & the West Campus Lit Club
Monumental Stairs
3800 NW 115th Avenue
Doral, FL 33178

12:00pm

Movie Adaptations of Banned Books: Game of Thrones

Join us to watch and discuss classic movie adaptions of challenged books. Why were these books challenged? Why were they made into movies? Light refreshments will be served.

Hosted by Wolfson Campus
Library – Room 1216 
300 NE 2nd Avenue 
Miami, FL 33132

Thursday, September 22:

9:50am

Zines: Shining a Light on Censorship

Tiffany Walker, a librarian from Padrón, will discuss how zines, self-published works, can combat censorship.  Tiffany received her MLIS degree from Florida State University and her bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Florida. In 2019, she completed a course on Critical Librarianship in which she learned about the role of zines in information dissemination and community advocacy.

In this presentation, Tiffany will discuss the perils of censorship, the birth of zines, and the use of them.  At the end, she will lead an activity in which participants create their own zine.

Hosted virtually and at Meek Center
Library – Room 1103
6300 NW 7th Avenue
Miami, FL 33150

12:00pm

Movie Adaptations of Banned Books: Bridge to Terabithia

Join us to watch and discuss classic movie adaptions of challenged books. Why were these books challenged? Why were they made into movies? Light refreshments will be served.

Hosted by Wolfson Campus
Library – Room 1216 
300 NE 2nd Avenue 
Miami, FL 33132

Banned Books Week

For more information, please contact Ani Rodriguez: 305-237-3568 or arodri57@mdc.edu.