The Oviatt Library at California State University, Northridge will throw the spotlight on banned books with a reading of books some people would like to see taken off library shelves.
A read-out and pizza party will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 24, in observance of national Banned Book Week, which has been held annually since 1982 as a celebration of the freedom to read.
During the Sept. 24 event, CSUN students read from previously banned or challenged books. In addition, Craig A. Williams, author of “Mom Have You See My Leather Pants?” will read an excerpt from his novel.
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.
According to the American Library Association, “Books have been and continue to be banned, but part of the Banned Books Week celebration is that regardless of whether or not the books have been banned, they have still remained available. This is only possible with the combined efforts of librarians, teachers, students and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.”
The read-out will be held in the Oviatt Library’s Automated Storage and Retrieval System viewing room on the first floor of the library’s east wing. This event is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.
The Oviatt Library is located at the center of the California State University, Northidge Campus at 18111 Nordhoff St. Parking is $6 and daily permits may be purchased at kiosks, information booths or in advance online at The Permit Store. For more information about all library events please visit the Exhibitions and Events page or call (818) 677-2638. The Oviatt Library serves as the main research facility in the San Fernando Valley.