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Banned Books Information and Events

Contains information about censorship, 2020 Banned Books Week events, and the Freedom to Read essay competition.

Fall 2020 Events!

Voices of Banned Books: Virtual Read-Out



Censorship and Storytelling: Panel

  • Professors from Cal State LA and University of North Carolina will discuss censorship.
  • Learn more about the essay competition (described below)!
  • Wednesday, 9/30, 4:30-5:45PM
  • Register Here


Freedom to Read Essay Competition

All students are invited to submit a 2-3 page essay, double-spaced including an optional works cited. 

Respond to the Question:

Why is the freedom to read important?

Submit to Paizha Stoothoff, Humanities Librarian,, by 5pm on October 9th.

Winners will be announced October 16th, 2020.

  • First Prize: $100 gift card to the bookstore
  • Second Prize: $50 gift card to the bookstore


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