Columbia College Chicago

December 14, 2009

Library Survey--We want to hear from you!

Dear Students,

We want to hear what you think about the Library! Here's your chance to tell us what you think, so please take a moment and complete this survey. As a bonus, you may become eligible to receive a $25 gift card to Jewel-Osco or some cool movie swag from Warner Brothers. The swag and the movie, you ask?
INVICTUS t-shirts, baseball caps, posters, books movie passes and cds!

INVICTUS (latin for "unconquered") is Clint Eastwood's latest film, starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon and is based upon John Carlin's New York Times bestselling book, Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Changed a Nation.

The survey will be available through the end of the year, so there is still time!

Free Coffee During Finals Week

We know that finals are this week, and you'll be needing some energy to keep you fueled while studying or finishing up your project(s). The Library will be offering free Caribou Coffee this week, from Monday, December 14th through Thursday December 17th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Good luck on finals, and remember...if you need help be sure to Ask-A-Librarian
.Visit us in person or by chat, phone, or email. We are here just for you!

December 8, 2009

Archie Lieberman Photographs and Collection

A collection of photographs by Archie Lieberman are on display in the library through January 25th. The collection is viewable on the Library 2nd Floor West, 3rd Floor West, and 3rd Floor North.

Archie Lieberman Collection, Columbia College Chicago ArchivesThe Columbia College Chicago Archives holds the definitive collection of Archie Lieberman material that chronicles the professional, creative life of this working photographer and author.

Archie Lieberman Collection, Columbia College Chicago Archives
The Archie Lieberman Collection contains the work of a professional photojournalist from the 1950s to the early 2000s. His photographs appeared in magazines such as Look, Life, and Time and he worked for Black Star Agency and for corporations like Land’s End, Acme Steel, and Inland Steel. His photographs have been exhibited in the United States and abroad and he also was author of or photographer for over twenty books. The job notebooks he kept allows access to the many prints, slides, negatives, correspondence, and photographs in his collection.

His passion for his work is best seen in two the multi-decade photographic projects, Farm Boy and Neighbors, that capture American farm life in Illinois. He also worked with Ray Bradbury to produce The Mummies of Guanajuato, with his photographs of the preserved corpses in that Mexican town that accompany Bradbury’s text, and with novelist Meyer Levin on The Story of Israel.

Archie Lieberman Collection, Columbia College Chicago Archives

December 3, 2009

Upcoming Events in the Library - Dec. 9 and Dec. 10

Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons by James-Hetherington
Summer in Florence Information Meeting
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Columbia College Chicago Library
624 S. Michigan, 3rd floor east
Sponsored by the Academic Initiatives and International Programs

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons on Flicker by Cindy47452
Minds of Winter Student Poetry Reading
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Columbia College Chicago Library
624 S. Michigan, 3rd floor east
Sponsored by the English Department

November 18, 2009

Art in the Library Opening & Reception

Join us - Thursday, November 19 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. - for the Art in the Library Opening and Reception for the Winter 2009 Exhibition in 3rd floor north.

Columbia College Chicago Library, Third Floor (in the new Library wing)
624 S. Michigan Avenue. Light refreshments will be served.

Vision. Sound. Movement.

The Art in the Library program at Columbia College Chicago provides an open, supportive and inviting setting to showcase the talent and creativity of our own community of artists. Since its inception in 2002, Art in the Library has offered library visitors the opportunity to experience the rich cultural diversity and progressive attitudes which thrive in the Columbia environment.

Presenting the work of Columbia College Chicago students, faculty, staff and alumni, the Art in the Library program exhibits works in all forms of visual arts, including sculpture, painting, drawings, and paper and book arts. Exhibitions by different artists are shown quarterly on a rotating basis.

The Art in the Library Committee welcomes all Columbia College Chicago artists to submit work for consideration.

Please visit the Art in the Library website for more information including submission guidelines, artwork forms, and examples of current and former exhibits.

November 17, 2009

Music Online's Jazz Music Library adds MORE content

Jazz Music Library recently released more than 2,000 albums (over 30,000 tracks!) of great jazz recordings from Verve, Impulse! Records, GRP, A&M Records, Blue Thumb Records, Geffen, Decca, Universal Classics & Jazz, Marsalis Music, and more.

Jazz Music Library
Notable artists/ensembles included in this release:

  • Alice Coltrane
  • Anita O'Day
  • Billie Holiday
  • Bing Crosby
  • Branford Marsalis
  • Cassandra Wilson
  • Diana Krall
  • Dinah Washington
  • Duke Ellington
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Glenn Miller Orchestra
  • Herbie Hancock
  • John Coltrane
  • Lionel Hampton
  • Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra
  • Nina Simone
  • Sarah Vaughan
  • Shirley Horn
  • Spyro Gyra

Live recordings from legendary venues such as the Village Vanguard, Newport Jazz Festival, The Jazz Workshop, Montreux Jazz Festival, The Swing Cat's Ball, Pep's, Birdland, and La Bonbonniere

Jazz Music Library
Recordings from JAZZ AT THE PHILHARMONIC, featuring Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, and concerts from the 1940's

Recordings from the JAZZ MASTERS SERIES, featuring compilations from artists such as Cannonball Adderley, Jimmy Smith, Stan Getz & Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Eckstine

Recordings from the MARSALIS MUSIC HONORS SERIES, featuring music from Michael Carvin, Jimmy Cobb, Bob French, and Alvin Batiste

COMPLETE LABEL RECORDINGS from artists such as Bill Evans (The Complete Bill Evans on Verve), John Coltrane (The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings), Count Basie (The Complete Decca Recordings), Sarah Vaughan (The Complete Sarah Vaughan on Mercury), and more

This release brings Jazz Music Library to 60,000 tracks and makes it the largest resource for streaming audio in jazz.

November 16, 2009

Take the Library Survey!

Did you know that the new study rooms in the Library are there because students told us they wanted them?

The updated reading and study spaces throughout the Library are a result of student feedback.

The Library Staff wants to hear from you.

Providing resources and services to you so you can succeed in your coursework is the reason the Library exists!

Please let us know what you think about the resources and services we offer so we can keep the good things going and improve when needed.

Our goal is 400-500 respondents. Help us reach our goal!

By completing this survey you may become eligible to receive a $25 Jewel/Osco gift card.

November 2, 2009

John Fischetti Manuscript Collection in the College Archives

The John Fischetti Manuscript Collection

New Digital Collection of John R. Fischetti Sketchbooks & Cartoons

Columbia College Chicago Library is delighted to offer a new digital resource - the John Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Sketchbook Project - showcasing the work of the Pulitzer-prize winning political cartoonist and syndicated cartoonist who drew for such publications as the Chicago Sun, The New York Herald Tribune, Chicago Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times, The New York Times, and Stars and Stripes. John Fischetti (1916-1980) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for political cartooning in 1969. View the collection at:

Through a generous donation from his estate, Columbia College Chicago received the majority of John Fischetti’s sketchbooks in which he worked out ideas for his cartoons. Writing about his sketchbook use in his autobiography, Fischetti said "before 1961 I used to doodle ideas on the backs of envelopes, scraps of paper and yellow copy paper... Since even half-formed ideas are invaluable, I decided to use layout pads for the gestating periods. By dating each page, it turned out to be a sort of log of historical and personal events." These notebooks offer a detailed, graphical history of the period from 1962 to 1980. Shortly after Fischetti's death, Mike Alexandroff, then president of Columbia College and close friend of John Fischetti, established the Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition in 1982 at the college in the cartoonist’s honor. Today it is a nationally recognized award for political cartooning.

The John Fischetti Manuscript Collection

Digitizing and cataloging the drawings facilitates access to Fischetti's work for educational purposes and for scholarly research. And the new digital collection will serve as a valuable source of primary research and study material, especially as it captures and illustrates the process of creativity. Scholars, who often employ a thematic approach to political cartoon research, will be able to search the collection based on subjects the artist addressed and iconographic tropes he used, lowering an historical barrier to detailed research and study of the political cartoon as an art form. The detailed level of cataloging includes the capture of all text associated with an image (captions, dialogue, and notes) and the addition of standardized and searchable subject headings, names, and iconographic elements, providing a number of rich access points to the collection.

The John Fischetti Manuscript Collection

Columbia College Chicago is pleased to make this rich collection publicly accessible to scholars, educators, and the public for personal research and classroom use. Funding for this grant was awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a Department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), under the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

The John Fischetti Manuscript Collection

Columbia College Chicago Archives & Digital Collections
(312) 369-8788

October 29, 2009

Open House Library Tours

Open House
Open House Library Tours

Saturday, November 7th, 2009
Columbia College Chicago Library

624 S. Michigan Ave., First Floor
12:00 and 2:00pm

Paula Epstein, Reference Librarian, will be your tour guide to the Columbia College Chicago Library during Open House on Saturday November 7th. Find out what you should know about the Library’s collections and services. Meet Paula at the Library Circulation Desk on the first floor at either Noon or 2:00pm. Open to all.

Open House

October 23, 2009

November 5th - Friends of the Library Signature Showcase

Friends of the Library at Columbia College ChicagoMark your calendars for our upcoming Friends of the Library Signature Showcase on Thursday November 5th, 2009.

Each semester, the Columbia College Chicago Library highlights the work of one faculty member and this fall, we are delighted to have Dominic Pacyga as our featured speaker. Dr. Pacyga is a faculty member in the Humanities, History and Social Science Department, Columbia College Chicago and a Chicago historian.

This year, the city of Chicago celebrates the Burnham Centennial, the 100th anniversary of Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett’s classic, Plan of Chicago (1909). In his illustrated presentation entitled, “An Ongoing Legacy: The Burnham Plan from the City Beautiful Movement to Daley’s Post-Modernist Chicago”, Dr. Pacyga will explore the roots and impact of the Plan of Chicago from its conception to present day. The Burnham Plan remains a central document for those who would build and rebuild this great city. Most importantly it has shaped Chicago’s lakefront and guaranteed that the city will preserve it for generations to come. Yet the 1909 Plan is much more; it provides an ongoing inspiration for planners as Chicago continues to evolve as a world class city. Pacyga will explore the early roots of planning in the city especially in Baron (Georges-Eugène) Haussmann’s Paris and George Mortimer Pullman’s utopian manufacturing city and show how current Mayor Richard M. Daley is, in many ways, reclaiming Chicago’s “City Beautiful” past as first laid out by Burnham and Bennett one hundred years ago.

This presentation is free and open to the public. Faculty and their classes are encouraged to attend.

Thursday, November 5, 2009
Columbia College Chicago
Ferguson Theater
600 S. Michigan Ave, First Floor

A book signing featuring his latest book, Chicago: A Biography will be held immediately afterwards.

Dominic Pacyga
Dominic A. Pacyga received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1981. He has authored, or co-authored, five books concerning Chicago’s history, including Polish Immigrants and Industrial Chicago (1991, 2001), Chicago: City of Neighborhoods with Ellen Skerrett (1986), Chicago: A Historical Guide to the Neighborhoods (1979) with Glen Holt, Chicago’s Southeast Side (1998) with Rod Sellers.

He has lectured widely on topics ranging from urban development, residential architecture, labor history, immigration, and racial and ethnic relations, and has appeared in both the local and national media. Pacyga has been a member of the Humanities, History and Social Sciences Department at Columbia College/Chicago since 1984. He has worked with various museums including the Chicago Historical Society, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Field Museum in Chicago on a variety of public history projects. Pacyga has also worked with numerous neighborhood organizations as well as ethnic, labor, and fraternal groups to preserve and exhibit their histories. Pacyga acted as guest curator of a major exhibit, "The Chicago Bungalow" which ran from October 18, 2001 to January 15, 2002 at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. He and Charles Shanabruch are co-editors of The Chicago Bungalow (Arcadia Press 2001), a companion volume to the exhibit. Pacyga has won the Oscar Halecki Award from the Polish American Historical Association for his book, Polish Immigrants and Industrial Chicago and the Catholic Book Award for Chicago: City of Neighborhoods. In 1999 he received the Columbia College Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2005 he was a Visiting Fellow at Campion Hall, Oxford University. Pacyga’s latest book is Chicago: A Biography published by the University of Chicago Press (2009).

Library at Columbia College Chicago

Interested in the Day of the Dead?

Day of the Dead, or el Día de los Muertos, is a traditional Mexican holiday celebrated annually on Oct. 31-Nov. 2 to honor friends and family members who have died. The actual Day of the Dead falls on Nov. 2.

Part commemoration and part celebration, Day of the Dead is a blend of indigenous beliefs and Catholic rituals from the coinciding All Souls' Day. This year, Columbia’s Latino Alliance is putting its own spin on this celebration – and you can expect it to be a little less traditional and a little more Columbia.

For more information on what is going on with Columbia's Day of the Dead on Wednesday, October 28th, take a look at the Student Loop website.

Interested in learning more about the traditions of the Day of the Dead?
Take a look at the Library Resources...

mash-up of Day of the Dead resources at Columbia College Chicago Library

Skulls to the living, bread to the dead : [the day of the dead in Mexico and beyond] / Stanley Brandes.

Day of the Dead : Dia de los Muertos

The days of the dead : Mexico's Festival of Communion with the Departed

Digging the Days of the Dead : a reading of Mexico's dias de muertos

El corazón de la muerte : altars and offerings for days of the dead

The skeleton at the feast : the Day of the Dead in Mexico

Calavera abecedario : a Day of the Dead alphabet book

Days of death, days of life : ritual in the popular culture of Oaxaca

Artes de México: serenidad ritual

Bordering fires : the vintage book of contemporary Mexican and Chicano/a literature

Death and the idea of Mexico

Masks of Mexico [film]

La Ofrenda - the Days of the Dead : a film

El dia la noche y los muertos

October 13, 2009

Cultural Studies Colloquium Series

Photo: Carmelo Esterrich
2009-2010 Series
October 15 - 4:00 pm
Please note the new location for this event.

This event will be held in the The Quincy Wong Center for Artistic Expression (formerly the Hokin Annex) 623 S Wabash, 1st floor

Dr. Lawrence Grossberg

Morris Davis Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies and Cultural Studies (Adjunct Distinguished Professor of America Studies, Anthropology and Geography), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"From Financial Crisis to Political Ontology -- Rescuing Economics from Economists"

Lawrence Grossberg is the Morris Davis Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies and Cultural Studies, Adjunct Distinguished Professor of American Studies, Anthropology, and Geography, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has won numerous awards from the National Communication Association and the International Communication Association for scholarship, teaching and mentorship, as well as, most recently, the University of North Carolina Distinguished Teaching Award (for Post-Baccalaureate Teaching). He has been the co-editor of the international journal Cultural Studies for twenty years. His work has been translated into a dozen languages. His most recent books include New Keywords: A Revised Vocabulary of Culture and Society (with Tony Bennett and Meaghan Morris, Blackwells, 2005), MediaMaking: Mass Media in a Popular Culture (with Ellen Wartella, D. Charles Whitney and MacGregor Wise, Sage, 2005) and Caught in the Crossfire: Kids, Politics and America's Future (Paradigm, 2005). His latest book, We All Want to Change the World: The Intellectual Labor of Cultural Studies (Duke University Press, 2010) considers the work necessary to create a cultural studies capable of understanding the contemporary conjuncture and of opening up possibilities for struggle and change.

Pre-Reading Article
Grossberg, Lawrence. "Does Cultural Studies Haves Futures? Should It? (Or What's the Matter with New York?)" Cultural Studies, Vol. 20, No. 1 January 2006, pp. 1-32.

See the WEBSITE for more information on this series.

October 12, 2009

Film Screenings - Oct 21

A film series presenting a selection of works from nearly 1,000 16mm films and DVDs dontated to the collection from the Consulate General of The People's Republic of China in Chicago.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009, 6-9:30 PM, 623 S. Wabash, 1st Floor, HOKIN Lecture/Hall Auditorium Room 109.

Tuya's Wedding
Tuya de hun shi (Tuya's Marriage), 2005, 96 min., Chinese with English subtitles.
After suffering a back injury working on the family farm, Tuya decides to get a divorce and find a new husband who will take care of her children, land, and disabled first husband—a search that proves to be much harder than she had anticipated.

Loach is a Fish Too
Ni qiu ye shi yu (Loach is fish too), 2005, 100 min., Chinese with English subtitles.
Two migrant workers from the countryside (one the mother of two children) who share the same name "Ni Qiu" - meaning loach in Chinese - try to subsist as laborers in Beijing.

Focus China: Columbia College Chicago

October 9, 2009

DIY: Photography - Thurs, 10/22 6-8pm

Join us for Alternative Perspectives: Photography
THURSDAY, October 22, 2009, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Library, 3rd Floor, 624 S. Michigan Ave.

Gain insights into the world of professional photography. Join the director of Columbia's Museum of Contemporary Photography and two professional photographers to hear perspectives on collecting work, curating shows, and getting your work seen. More about the program at:


Jodi Adams, Photographer. She received her BA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2008 and her work has been recently exhibited in Champaign, IL and Chicago galleries and in shows and exhibits at Columbia College Chicago.

Curtis Mann, Photographer. He received his MFA in Photography from Columbia College in Chicago in 2008 and holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton in 2002. His recent photographic work helped him receive SPE's top student award, the Crystal Apple, in 2006. Curtis had a solo show of his Modifications work at the Kusseneers Gallery of Antwerp, Belgium in 2008 and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago in 2009. A book of the Modifications series was recently released by Aperture Books as part of the Midwest Photographers Publication Project.

Rod Slemmons has served as the Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago since 2002. A museum professional, teacher, curator, writer, editor and printmaker, Rod teaches undergraduate classes and graduate seminars at Columbia College Chicago and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has organized numerous exhibitions and his essays and reviews have appeared in such publications as Afterimage, Black Flash, image, and Reflex.

Refreshments will be served.

do indie yourself

October 6, 2009

Visit the Library during Parent Weekend

parent weekend, Columbia College Chicago

Gallery Walk and Progressive Dinner

The gallery walk offers a progressive dinner and informal chats with the Provost, Academic Deans, Chairs, Student Affairs Staff and Senior Administrators. The gallery walk will take place at various locations. You will be able to explore various art spaces around campus where you will enjoy a different course in each gallery. The Library will be one of the stops for the progressive dinner.

Date: October 16, 2009
Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Various Locations

Continental Brunch in the Library

Before you leave our campus, be sure to stop by the Library and join us for a light continental brunch. During your visit, entertainment will be provided by students of both the English and Dance Movement Therapy/Counseling departments at Columbia. Students from the campus organization, MOVED will provide a morning wake up by leading stretching exercises and showing their skills in dance. Students from the English Department’s Poetry program will be reading works of their own, and by their favorite authors.

Date: October 18, 2009
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Columbia College Library

Please visit the website to register for events during Parent Weekend.

October 2, 2009

Film Screening - Oct 7

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2009, 6-9:30 PM, 623 S. Wabash, 1st Floor, HOKIN Lecture Hall/Auditorium Room 109.

The library will be screening selections of works from nearly 1,000 16mm films and DVDs dontated to the collection from the Consulate General of The People's Republic of China in Chicago.

You & Me
Wo men liang (You and Me), 2005, 85 min., Chinese with English subtitles.
A young woman rents a room from an elderly woman who is mean to her. She decides to say in the room after deciding the elderly woman needs her.

The World
Shi Jie (The World), 2004, 96 min., Chinese with English subtitles.
On the outskirts of Beijing lies an amusement park featuring scaled-down models of world famous landmarks. Shi Jie follows the daily lives of staff members Taxo and Taisheng as they navigate their romance through The World.

Focus China: Columbia College Chicago

September 29, 2009

Hugo Tillman: Film Stills of the Mind - Reception and Artist Lectures

Feng Zhenjie by Hugo TillmanAs a part of the Focus: China gallery walk, a reception for photographer Hugo Tillman will be held on the 3rd floor of the library on Thursday, October 1, 2009 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. This reception is open to the public.
The exhibition, Hugo Tillman: Film Stills of the Mind, runs through October 30th, and is featured on the first three floors of the library. Additional Information about this exhibit can be found in earlier posts.

Zeng Fanzhi by Hugo TillmanIn addition to the reception, Hugo Tillman will be holding two lectures on Friday, October 2nd, 2009 - at 10:30 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. on the 3rd floor of the library. These lectures are open to the public as well.

Lui Wei by Hugo TillmanMore information about the Focus: China events can be found on the Columbia College Website.
Focus China: Columbia College Chicago

Cultural Studies Colloquium Series

Photo: Carmelo Esterrich

2009-2010 Series:
Thursday, October 1, 2009
4:00 pm

3rd Floor of the Library
624 S. Michigan Ave.

Dr. Paul Booth
Assistant Professor of New Media and Technology, College of Communication, DePaul University

"Participatory Culture: Beyond the Economic Binary"

Paul Booth is an Assistant Professor of New Media and Technology at DePaul University in Chicago. He writes about the implications of the intersection of traditional and interactive media. His research interests also include participatory audiences, fans, popular culture, science fiction, television, narrative, games, technology, and meditation. He can be reached.

Pre-Reading Article
Booth, Paul, "Rereading Fandom: MySpace Character Personas and Narrative Identification." Critical Studies in Media Communication, Dec 2008, Vol 25 Issue 5, p514-536

See the WEBSITE for more information on this series.

September 25, 2009

ALA Banned Books Read-Out on Saturday, 9/26 noon-3pm

The Office for Intellectual Freedom would like to cordially invite you and your families to attend the annual Banned Books Read-Out! this Saturday afternoon, September 26th, 2009. The event will be held at Bughouse Square, just up the street from ALA headquarters at the corner of Walton Street and Dearborn Street in Chicago. It begins at noon, and is scheduled to be over by 3PM.

We have a great group of authors scheduled to speak and read; best of all, they will have (limited) copies of their books to give away and sign.

The line-up is:

  • Chris Crutcher, author of Athletic Shorts, Whale Talk, Chinese Handcuffs and many more. Chris will be our MC.
  • Sarah S. Brannen, author of Uncle Bobby’s Wedding, number eight of the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2008.
  • Cecily von Ziegesar, author of the Gossip Girl series and Jen’s personal hero, number seven on the Top Ten list.
  • Stephen Chbosky, author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, number six on the Top Ten list.
  • Lauren Myracle, author of TTYL, TTFN, and L8R G8R, number three on the Top Ten list.
  • Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, authors of And Tango Makes Three, number one on the Top Ten list for three years.

After these authors read, we’ll be holding an open mic for any audience member to read from their favorite challenged book.

Additional goody from ALA
To kick off Banned Books Week 2009, ALA published a new Banned Books Week PSA featuring the puppets from “Crash Pad.”

September 24, 2009

Banned Books Week

photo courtesy of DML East Branch on Flickr

Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than a thousand books have been challenged since 1982. The challenges have occurred in every state and in hundreds of communities. Click here to see a map of book bans and challenges in the US from 2007 to 2009. People challenge books that they say are too sexual or too violent. They object to profanity and slang, and protest against offensive portrayals of racial or religious groups--or positive portrayals of homosexuals. Their targets range from books that explore the latest problems to classic and beloved works of American literature.

During the last week of September every year, hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2009 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 26 through October 3.

ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom

The 10 most challenged titles in 2008 were:

And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Reasons: anti-ethnic, anti-family, homosexuality, religious viewpoint,
and unsuited to age group

His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman
Reasons: political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, and violence

TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age

Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
Reasons: occult/satanism, religious viewpoint, and violence

Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: occult/satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint,
sexually explicit, and violence

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs, homosexuality, nudity, offensive language, sexually
explicit, suicide, and unsuited to age group

Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age

Uncle Bobby's Wedding, by Sarah S. Brannen
Reasons: homosexuality and unsuited to age group

The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group

Flashcards of My Life, by Charise Mericle Harper
Reasons: sexually explicit and unsuited to age group

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the National Association of College Stores. Banned Books Week is also endorsed by the Center for the Book of the Library of Congress.