What do Native Son, The Martian Chronicles, One Hundred Years of Solitude, the Newbery Award winner The Midwife’s Apprentice, and Cujo all have in common? These books — and nearly 100 others — have been banned or challenged in the United States in the last year. Banned Books Week — Free People Read Freely is being celebrated this week.

The UST Libraries and the St. Paul campus Bookstore are encouraging awareness of the issues surrounding censorship and First Amendment rights by focusing on attempts to abridge those rights. You can participate in celebrating the freedom to read by:

  • Visiting the displays at the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center, the Charles J. Keffer Library, the St. Paul campus Bookstore, and the display cases outside of Scooter’s. Bookmarks, crossword puzzles and opinion boards where you can post your responses to questions about censorship also are located at the display sites.
  • Playing the Banned Books Week daily trivia game (see each day’s question at http://www.lib.stthomas.edu/mpls/events/bbtrivia.htm or click on the daily trivia button that will appear this week in the lower right corner of the Bulletin Today homepage). A daily winner will be selected from the correct responses and will receive a gift certificate for the UST Bookstore. Answers are due by 10 a.m. the following day. Today’s winner of a cuddly “Y2K Bug,” donated by the Bookstore, will be selected at random from the correct answers received.