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Banned Books Information and Events

Contains information about censorship, 2023 Banned Books Week events, and the Freedom to Read essay competition

Fall 2023 Events!

Banned Books Week Essay Contest!

All Cal State LA undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit a 500-word essay in response to the question: What are the consequences of banning books? Submission should be emailed to Dr. Sarah Minslow at by October 1, 2023 at 11:59pm


Censorship in YA and Children's Lit

Hear from the Experts! The Cal State LA community is invited to attend a panel with award-winning author and illustrator, Joe Cepeda, and the Principal Librarian for LA Public Libraries Youth Services Division and author of Intellectual Freedom for Teens, Kelly Tyler. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Sarah Minslow, Assistant Professor of Children’s and Young Adult Literature.


University Library Community Room

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Banned Books Read-Out!


READ OUT BANNED BOOKS! Celebrate our freedom to read by stopping by to read or listen to excerpts from some of the most challenged and banned books in the country. A microphone and speakers will be set up in the corridor outside the Library. Email if you’d like to sign up for a 3-min slot to read from your favorite banned or challenged book.


Outside the University Library


Pushing Back Against Book Censorship - Advocacy Workshop

Become an ADVOCATE! Learn from experts how to resist pressures to ban or remove books from the curriculum and libraries. This is an excellent opportunity for educators and librarians to share their experiences with censorship and brainstorm ways to push back against it.


University Library Community Room

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John F. Kennedy Memorial Library
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300