Banned Books Month 2013

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Celebrating banned and challenged books, September 22 - October 25, 2013.

In conjunction with the national Banned Books Week campaign -- held September 22-28 this year -- the Pollak Library is sponsoring a full month of activities to raise awareness about this important issue. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read, to access information, and to express ideas. It is co-sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the PEN American Center, and other entities in the publishing and book community. More information about this national event is available at

Censorship: Or What is Unsuitable for You?

The Library will host a conversation led by Philippe Perebinossoff, Cal State Fullerton Professor of Radio TV Film, and Tim Winter, President of Parents Television Council. The conversation will explore censorship in the United States, China, and around the globe. They will engage the CSUF and community in dialog about the harm of censorship and the value of freedom and open society.

  • Date: Thursday, September 26, 2013
  • Time: 12:00pm - 12:45pm
  • Location: Pollak Library South, Room 360
  • Admission: Free and open to the public (normal campus parking rules apply)

Please feel free to download a copy of the flyer to share.

Open-Mic Reading

An open-mic reading from banned or challenged books will immediately follow the conversation at 1pm, in the same location. CSUF students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to read a passage from a banned or challenged book. Readers are welcome to choose their own book, or select from the American Library Association’s list of frequently challenged books at

  • Date: Thursday, September 26, 2013
  • Time: 1:00pm - 1:45pm
  • Location: Pollak Library South, Room 360
  • Admission: Free and open to the public (normal campus parking rules apply)

RSVP for your reading via email to, or sign up in PLS 360 on Thursday, September 26. 

Please feel free to download a copy of the flyer to share.

Banned & Challenged Books Exhibit

The Banned Books Exhibit features original manuscripts for the classic Ray Bradbury novel Fahrenheit 451, as signed copy of Fahrenheit 451, and signed copies of three other Bradbury books. It also includes a collection of banned and challenges books that may be checked out from the Library.

  • Dates: September 25 - October 25, 2013
  • Time: Library Building Hours
  • Location: Pollak Library North, first floor
  • Admission: Free and open to the public (normal campus parking rules apply)

Get more details on our 2013 Banned Books Exhibit page.

CSUF Student Social Media Contest

Earn one or more chances at winning $10 Starbucks gift cards by picking a book you have read that has been banned or challenged, and share your thoughts on this book through a photo or video posted to the Pollak Library Facebook Page or to your Instagram.

Contest runs September 25 - October 25, 2013 , to coincide with our Banned Books exhibit. Check out our blog for contest details, rules, and FAQs!

Location & Floor Map

These programs are being held on September 26, 2013, in room PLS-360  in the Third Floor South of Pollak Library.