This week marks the annual celebration of Banned Books Week, a week dedicated to intellectual freedom and the right to read without censorship. Every year, hundreds of books are banned in the U.S. and thousands more are banned world wide.
What does Banned mean?
A banned book can mean that there is a nation wide, region wide, city wide, or institutional restriction from reading a specific book. More commonly, books are banned from schools, libraries, bookstores and more because an individual challenges it’s content.
What does Challenge mean?
A book challenge occurs when an individual or institution feels the content of a book is not appropriate in some way, and they make a formal complaint with the goal of having the book removed.
Books are still being banned even today, a fact which many people are unaware of. And for every book that is banned, those individuals are effectively controlling what others are allowed to read.
Banned books week is a time to celebrate, loudly, the right to read what you want. You can check out a map of bans taking place over the last few years here. Or visit the American Library Association’s site to see a list of frequently banned items. The list includes some great works such as The Great Gatsby, the Harry Potter series, The Giver, The Catcher in the Rye, and more.
Stop by OCAC library to see a list of commonly banned books and, of course, to check some out to read.
Sorry for the lack of posts lately. It was a busy summer in the library! Now that we are starting a new year, its time to update our followers. This summer we received many donations which may be of interest. Come by to take a look or search our online catalog for some of your favorite topics. Also this summer, we moved quite a few materials over to our storage unit. If you’re looking for something and can’t find it, that may be why. Please ask our staff about finding materials in storage. Its easier than you think.
Orientation this year was amazing. The updated schedule included both a library informational session, and a tour. We were so pleased to get this precious time with incoming students and better acquaint them with library resources. Do you need a refresher on library resources? If so please come by. We are happy to give tours and go over everything from books to databases and more!!
Last Wednesday was Constitution day. Our librarian Elsa Loftis made an awesome “cosmo quiz” with a twist. Which founding father would you have voted for? If you took a current citizenship test, would you get deported? These quizzes added a fun element to our yearly celebration and we hope to have more people in next year! This week starts off banned books week, a national holiday celebrating the freedom to read without censorship. What are some of your favorite banned books? Elsa likes Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham and Ash enjoys the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Other notable banned books include: The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lolita, The Color Purple, The Harry Potter series and much much more. To learn more about banned books, and to see a list of things that have been banned, you can visit http://www.bannedbooksweek.org !!!
-Ash Ward (Your friendly OCAC library worker)
Last week we spoke a bit about the amazing donation of John Gray’s estate. This week, we’d like to give you the list to browse. While it is always better to hold the books in your hands, you can at least get a sneak peek of the titles here on our Library Thing donations catalog. If you aren’t familiar with Library Thing, prepare to be wowed!
The collection is a great addition to our ceramics section, featuring Native American works with a focus of earth, heritage, and tradition.
Just a few of our amazing title additions:
Indian Stories and Storytellers
From This Earth
OCAC library has long been the proud recipient of book donations. Artists and fond members of the art community have graciously bestowed the library with many of the treasures it has today. We have received quite the collection covering all of the realms of craft the college offers. This year alone we have been gifted numerous books in fantastic condition, including 42 generously donated volumes from John Gray’s estate.
John Gray (1919-2012) was known for developing some of the state’s most prominent resorts, including Sunriver, and Salishan, as well as redeveloping the John’s Landing district in Southwest Portland. He was also a major force in founding the Skamania Lodge in the Columbia River Gorge area. Later in life, he became known regionally for his philanthropic efforts. Gray was born in Ontario and raised in Monroe.
Gray had a passion for Native American artwork, and the works that were bequeathed to the library focus heavily on the pottery of Southwestern American tribes, including Pueblo figurative pottery, Northwestern tribes’ totem poles, and much more.
Please come to the library to use these wonderful resources and appreciate the generosity of an important member of our Oregon community.
Each year the senior class works hard on their thesis work and paper. Going on now in the Hoffman Gallery are the thesis orals , the most rigorous test our students go through. Each week a new group of the student class will have their work up for display in the gallery. Come by each week so that you do not miss out on all the amazing exhibitions. Week two’s exhibition showing now!