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The Banned Books of Rutgers Special Collections and University Archives

Books have been banned, challenged, censored, or even burned by organizations, schools, and parent organizations for a of reasons.  What defines a banned or a challenged book?  A banned book is one that has been removed from the shelves completely.  Books that have been challenged are an attempt by a person or group to remove or … Read More

Just Say Yes to Banned Books Week outside the United States!

Last week we celebrated Banned Books week in an event called BANNED: A Virtual Banned Books Read-Out & Discussions on the Freedom to Read at Rutgers. In my flash talk at the online event, I mentioned a library and information science-related weekly newsletter called KIT Hírlevél (Library, Information & Society News) in Hungary. The newsletter polled its readers … Read More

Banned Books Week 2021 – Read-Out and Flash Talks

BANNED: A Virtual Banned Books Read-Out & Discussions on the Freedom to Read September 30, 2021 at 5:30 – 7:00 pm EST Presented by: SCARLA (The Student College, Academic, and Research Libraries Association), LISSA (Library and Information Science Student Association), and Rutgers–New Brunswick Libraries Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read promoted … Read More

Books We Write: Advancing a Culture of Creativity in Libraries by Megan Lotts

Interviews with Authors Art librarian Megan Lotts recently published a new book entitled Advancing a Culture of Creativity in Libraries: Programming and Engagement. It gave us the idea to launch a new interview series about titles that Books We Read affiliates have written or are currently working on.  Known for her imagination, creativity, and vision, … Read More

Summer Tales in RUL Agenda

In an article entitled Summer Tales Book Club in New Brunswick hosts renowned authors, recently published in the Rutgers University Library Newsletter, we reviewed exciting events and activities Books We Read contributed to Summer Session 2021 at Rutgers-New Brunswick. Happy New Semester on behalf of the entire Summer Tales Crew! In the summer of 2021, for the … Read More

Summer Tales: One Poem, One Story

As the Summer Tales Book Club program is winding down, it’s time to reflect on some great moments of Summer Tales 2021. With over 40 students enrolled and active on and off since June 1, 2021, we were delighted to meet readers of different tastes and backgrounds in this virtual intellectual community. The books recommended … Read More

Summer Tales with Carmen Maria Machado

Acclaimed author Carmen Maria Machado is (virtually) coming to Rutgers! Register Today! Machado’s smash hit debut story collection Her Body and Other Parties and award-winning memoir In The Dream House blend realism with elements of horror, sci-fi, and experimental fiction to eloquently address difficult topics: sexuality, intimate-partner abuse, body shame, and much more. Her prose … Read More