Celebrate the Freedom to Read - Banned Books Week
Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us
September, 2022

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating 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. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Sharing stories important to us means sharing a part of ourselves. Books reach across boundaries and build connections between readers. Censorship, on the other hand, creates barriers. Banned Books Week is both a reminder of the unifying power of stories and the divisiveness of censorship, and a call to action for readers across the country to push back against censorship attempts in their communitiPicture of display case


34th Annual Bug Buffet                                                                              Spring 2022 

Bug Buffet Display 22 - Angled from left

This year is the 34th Annual Bug Buffet.  This display explored the use of creepy critters in food concoctions as not only a potential food source option, but looking towards the past and Native American practices that have used these creatures for centuries. A week long celebration with events were offered by the Health and Human Development. Is this an event you would be able to take a bite out of?


Reading Alters Lives                                                                                    Winter 2022 

Reading ALters Lives close up

The MSU Library is more than just a house for books, it is a home that fosters new ideas and expanding imaginations. This year for our annual Open House the theme of Reading Alters Lives brought about the question of "what book has enriched your life?".  In this Display we explored that idea asked the library employees that very question and were thrilled by the responses, and happily displayed them to share with the public and get the passers by to stop and think about the books they have read and how some simple words on a page has altered their lives. 


Indigenous Voices                                                                                      Fall 2021

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This display is a celebration of the Indigenous Voices.  In this display there are recommendations from an MSU Library Collection which feature 6 indignenous authors that were recommended by library workers.  There are also some authentic items donated for the library to highlight and share a glimpse into a unique culture.  To view more books in our collection visit:bit.ly/BrowseIndigenousVoices


  Click here to check out our archive of past displays.