Miami Dade College Celebrates Banned Books Week

Miami, Sept. 15, 2016 – In an effort to highlight the value of free and open access to information, the Learning Resources Department at Miami Dade College (MDC) will celebrate Banned Books Week, Sept. 25 – Oct. 1. Banned Books Week aims to highlight the freedom to read and bring awareness to banned and frequently challenged books.

With the goal of bringing forth shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those considered unorthodox or unpopular, all MDC’s Libraries will feature a special collection of censored works on display and available for check out. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools throughout the United States. While books have been and continue to be banned, we celebrate that many of them continue to remain available.

The Learning Resources Department will also feature curated digital collections based on Banned or Challenged titles, including eBooks through Overdrive and streaming movies on Swank. To access the curated digital collections, please visit:

For American Library Association’s (ALA) banned titles list, visit

Below is a list of Banned Books Weeks events at MDC:

 Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center

Movie Screening: Fahrenheit 451, followed by a discussion on censorship led by Liberty Square Director Eric Thompson, popcorn, and refreshments will be served. Wednesday, Sept. 28, room 1201, 10:40 a.m. to noon.

Hialeah Campus

Movie Screening: Fahrenheit 451, followed by a discussion on censorship led by Professor Victor Calderin and Faculty Librarian Valda Adeyiga. Wednesday, Sept. 28, room 5101, at noon.

Homestead Campus

Censoring Transgender Voices: A Banned Books Week Discussion, including panelists Prof. J. Perez and Prof. J. Ledesma of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. Tuesday, Sept. 27, room D101, 10 to 11 a.m.

 InterAmerican Campus

Rape and Miscegenation in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, a Banned Books Week Presentation by Professor Joanne De Falla. Monday, Sept. 26, room 1387, at 7 p.m.

Banned Books Week Reading by Faculty Librarian Beth Cloues, Tuesday, Sept. 27, BridgePrep Academy InterAmerican East Campus, at 9 a.m.

Censorship in the Unites States: A Banned Books Week Discussion led by Professor Paul Tisevich, Wednesday, Sept.  28, room 401 at 9 a.m.

Kendall Campus

Banned Books Week Kickoff with an exciting display, cookies and refreshments will be served.  Monday, Sept. 26, room 2245.

Banned Books Week Discussion led by Professor Michel De Benedictis. Monday, Sept. 26, room K413, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Express Library: Banned Books Weed Edition will be making its way from the Library to the Kendall Campus Breezeway, beginning at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

Banned Books Week Reading Station, stop by on your break from class and select a book from our exciting collection, refreshments will be served in Thursday, Sept. 29, Room 2245, 10 a.m. to noon.

Movie Screening: The Great Gatsby.  Friday, Sept. 30, room 2245, at 10 a.m.

Medical Campus

Banned Books Week Display featuring titles that have been banned or challenged internationally, all week long at the Campus Library, room 1202.

North Campus

Censorship: A Banned Books Week Discussion led by Faculty Librarian Steve Kronen. Tuesday, Sept.  27, room 2101, 10:50 a.m. to 12 p.m.

West Campus

Censorship: A Banned Books Week Discussion led by Faculty Librarian Steve Kronen.  Wednesday, Sept. 28, room 1120, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Moving Screening: To Kill a Mockingbird. Thursday, Sept. 29, room 1119, noon to 2 p.m.

 Wolfson Campus

Banned Books Week Kickoff with an exciting interactive display of Banned and Challenged books, donuts and coffee will be served. Monday, Sept. 26, room 1216, at 9 a.m.

Banned Books Week Storytime: Children’s Edition, a visit from the students of the YWCA of Downtown Miami on Wednesday, Sept.28, room 1216, 10 to 11 a.m.

Banned Books Week Discussion with a focus on Hispanic authors and literature during Hispanic Heritage Month, snacks and refreshments will be served.  Thursday, Oct. 13, room 7128, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Patricia Gonzalez, 305-237-3568, or