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Banned Books Week: Keep the Light On – September 22-28!

September 16, 2019 by Eileen Sakamoto | 0 comments

Banned Books Week – Keep the Light On – September 22 – 28

Ray Bradbury once commented, “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture; just get people to stop reading them.” 

Leeward CC Library’s display “Keep the Light On” showcases books that have been banned or challenged.  These books will NOT be circulated during Banned Books Week. This is to reflect what it feels like to live in a society that has limited what we can or cannot read. The books will be available to borrow from September 30th.

As Salman Rushdie said, “Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.” Please come visit our banned books display which will be unveiled on September 22nd. For more information on Banned/Challenged books please visit this site: Banned Books Week LibGuide [New Window].


Banned Books Week Continues on OverDrive

October 1, 2018 by Jason Yamashita | 0 comments

Last week was the national Banned Books Week [New Window]. There’s still time to FREE a banned book from our library displays of books featuring titles that have been challenged for withdrawal in libraries across the country. Or, for your convenience, below are challenged titles available as e-books through the OverDrive database [New Window].

Book cover of 1984 Book cover of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Book cover of Annie on My Mind Cover of The Color Purple Book cover of The Handmaid's Tale Book cover of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Book cover of The Lord of the Rings Book cover of The Namesake Book cover of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Book cover of An Abundance of Katherines Book cover of Paper Towns

Please note: Clicking on an image above will take you to the e-book’s Hawaiʻi Voyager catalog record. In the record’s “Holdings Information,” the provided link will direct you to borrowing the e-book in OverDrive [New Window].

Resources for Banned Books Week

September 25, 2018 by Cheryl Urasaki | 0 comments

Cartoon of Mark Twain complaining about censorship of Huck Finn

Source: “Editing the Classics: Censoring ‘Huck Finn’.” Issues & Controversies, Infobase Learning, Accessed 25 Sept. 2018.

Happy Banned Books Week!  If you’re looking for resources related to book banning/censorship, the library’s current events databases are a great place to start.  Here’s a sampling of what you can find!

Editing the Classics: Should classic works of literature be edited to make them less offensive? [New Window]

Screenshot of Issues & Controversies topic page

Book Banning topic page [New Window]

Screenshot of Opposing Viewpoints in Context topic page

Banning Books: An Overview [New Window]

Screenshot of Points of View Reference Center topic

Can’t get enough?  See our list of databases related to current events [New Window].  If you need assistance, please contact the Reference Desk at or (808) 455-0379.  We are always happy to help!

FREE a Banned Book: September 24-28!

September 18, 2018 by Jason Yamashita | 0 comments

Leeward Library Banned Books Week 2018 Logo

What is Banned Books Week? [New Window]

Libraries are not immune from the pervasiveness of censorship.

In 1976, Steven Pico was one of five high school students who sued their school district for banning 11 books in their schools. The students claimed this violated their 1st Amendment rights. After six years, the Island Trees School District v. Pico (1982) Supreme Court case ruled that a school board should not be able to remove books because they did not approve of the books’ contents.

Inspired by this court ruling, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) displayed about 500 challenged books in padlocked metal cages at the 1982 BookExpo America trade show in Anaheim, California.

After the success of this display, ABA, the Office for Intellectual Freedom, and the National Association of College Stores launched The Banned Books Week initiative to promote awareness and engagement. The initiative took off and here we are today, celebrating Banned Books Week during the last week of September!

Learning Commons Banned Books Display

Join the many libraries across the country honoring intellectual freedom and your constitutional right to the written word. Please visit the Leeward Library’s displays on the lower and upper levels to bear witness to a selection of books that people around the world have requested removal from libraries. These books have been bound and labeled with a word, phrase, or quote showcasing reasons why they were challenged.

Have you read any of these books?

What do you think about the reasons why they were challenged?

How would you feel if your library banned a particular title?

We welcome you to explore your freedom to read and “FREE” a banned book by borrowing any of these titles. Books on display may be taken to the Circulation Desk and freed from their binding. Please see the Circulation Desk if interested in freeing a book from the enclosed display case at the library’s main entrance.

If you would like more information about Banned Books Week, protecting your freedom to read, and censorship, go to [New Window] and [New Window].

We DARE you to read a banned book!

 ~  Banned Books Week, September 24-28  ~


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