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Coastal Carolina Community College Library celebrates the freedom of information during Banned Books Week!

What is Banned Books Week?

Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of the freedom to seek and express ideas- even if those ideas are unorthodox or unpopular. Libraries, schools, booksellers, publishers, journalists and teachers all over the world celebrate Banned Books Week. A "banned book" is one that has been targeted for removal or restricted access in schools and libraries; hundreds of challenges to books are reported each year! 

In these turbulent times, freedom of information is more important than ever. 

Join us in the fight against censorship- read a banned book! 

Banned Books Art Contest

Artist Trading Card Contest

Calling all makers! Join us in celebrating Banned Books Week 2020  by creating an Artist Trading Card inspired by a banned book! 


  • Artwork Size: 5" x 8". Pick up a 5" x 8" index card at the front desk of the library to create your masterpiece! 
  • All mediums welcomed, including pencil, pen/ink, charcoal, paint, collage, and mixed media.
  • Submission Deadline: Friday, September 25th, 5pm. 
  • Artwork must represent a banned book. This can be your take on the cover of the book, your favorite character, themes from the story- anything you'd like! To get inspired, here is a list of banned books to choose from. You could also check out the library's display of banned books. 
  • Censorship is a dead end...and we don't want to censor your work! Please just keep in mind that we can't display your artwork if it is considered obscenity under NC State statute § 14-190.1.
  • All submissions must be original artwork conceived and produced by the artist.

How to Enter + Judging:

  • Bring your artwork to the library by Friday, September 25th, 5pm with an entry slip. You can download the slip and fill it out ahead of time, or just fill it out when you come in! 
  • Artwork will be on display in the library during Banned Books Week 2020 (September 27th - October 3rd). 
  •  Winners will be announced in three categories:
    • Student Division : Juried Selection
    • Faculty & Staff Division: Juried Selection
    • People's Choice: The Artwork with the most votes in the library. 


Questions? Email Audrey ( or Lauren ( 

What is an Artist Trading Card (ATC)?

An Artist Trading Card (ATC) is a small, original piece of art, created with the intention of swapping with another artist, instead of selling it. Traditionally, ATCs are the same size as baseball trading cards, but for our purposes, we are using 5" x 8" index cards as our base. The front of the card shows off the Artists' work, and the back of the card includes details such as the date of creation and artist's name. 

"How did the movement start?
In 1997, M. Vanci Stirnemann, a Swiss artist, created 1200 cards by hand as part of an exhibit. On the last day, he invited others to create their own cards and trade with him during the closing reception. The movement took off, and today, there are ATC swaps in almost every major city around the world. There are also many online swaps." Source: Strathmore


Where to Learn More

Banned Books Week

American Library Association: Banned and Challenged Books

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

National Coalition Against Censorship

Most Challenged Books of 2019

  1. George by Alex Gino
    Reasons: challenged, banned, restricted, and hidden to avoid controversy; for LGBTQIA+ content and a transgender character; because schools and libraries should not “put books in a child’s hand that require discussion”; for sexual references; and for conflicting with a religious viewpoint and “traditional family structure”
  2. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
    Reasons: challenged for LGBTQIA+ content, for “its effect on any young people who would read it,” and for concerns that it was sexually explicit and biased
  3. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller
    Reasons: Challenged and vandalized for LGBTQIA+ content and political viewpoints, for concerns that it is “designed to pollute the morals of its readers,” and for not including a content warning
  4. Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg, illustrated by Fiona Smyth
    Reasons: Challenged, banned, and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content; for discussing gender identity and sex education; and for concerns that the title and illustrations were “inappropriate” 
  5. Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack, illustrated by Stevie Lewis
    Reasons: Challenged and restricted for featuring a gay marriage and LGBTQIA+ content; for being “a deliberate attempt to indoctrinate young children” with the potential to cause confusion, curiosity, and gender dysphoria; and for conflicting with a religious viewpoint
  6. I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
    Reasons: Challenged and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content, for a transgender character, and for confronting a topic that is “sensitive, controversial, and politically charged”
  7. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
    Reasons: Banned and challenged for profanity and for “vulgarity and sexual overtones”
  8. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
    Reasons: Challenged for LGBTQIA+ content and for concerns that it goes against “family values/morals”
  9. Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
    Reasons: Banned and forbidden from discussion for referring to magic and witchcraft, for containing actual curses and spells, and for characters that use “nefarious means” to attain goals
  10. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson illustrated by Henry Cole
    Reason: Challenged and relocated for LGBTQIA+ content

Source: American Library Association


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