University of Toledo


UT Banned Books Coalition

Our mission is to promote our freedom to think, read, create, and communicate to strengthen our democratic ideals.

Save the date!
Thursday, September 26, 2019: UT 22nd Annual Banned Books Week Vigil

Banned Books Week, Sept. 22-28, 2019WHAT: *Defending Dangerous Reading (Thursday, September 26); Part of the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week (September 22 - 28, 2018).  Please join the community in celebrating the 22nd anniversary of the Banned Book movement on the University of Toledo campus.

    • 20-minute presentations, free light snacks (all day). The public is invited.
    • We need door prizes and banned books to give away every half hour!
    • The 2019 ALA slogan: “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark. Keep the Light on!”
    • Dr. Linda Smith Lecturer, Holly Monsos, Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Letters, "Banned in Boston: Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour" at noon

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These sponsors donated money, door prizes, or food in 2018: Barry’s Bagels, Ann Lumbrezer, The Anaya/Arroyo Scholarship Fund, The Independent Collegian, Lambda Pi Eta (UT Communication Honor Society), New Sins Press, Phoenicia Cuisine, UT Barnes & Noble Bookstore, UT Center for Experiential Learning and Career Development, UT Center for Success Coaching, UT Department of Art, UT Department of Communication, UT Department of English, UT Department of Foreign Languages, UT LGBTQA Advisory Board, UT Office of Excellence and Multicultural Student Success, UT Federal Credit Union, UT General Libraries, UT Greek Life (Office of Student Involvement), UT Jesup Scott Honors College, UT Marketing and Communications, UT Office of the Dean of Students, UT Student Government, UT Theatre and Film Department, UT CAP, UT Counseling Center, UT Starbucks, UT PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America), and WXUT Radio Station, special thanks to UT Office of the President (Dr. Sharon Gaber) and office of the Provost (Karen Bjorkman, Ph.D., Provost), Aramark, Mitchell and Kelly Auctioneers (Adrian, MI), UT College of Arts and Letters, and UT School of Visual and Performing Arts.

I read Banned Books

Censorship causes blindness.  READ!

 WHEN: 9 a.m. through 5 p.m.,Thursday, September 26, 2019

WHERE: Health and Human Services, 1711B Multipurpose Room [MAP]

WHO: UT faculty and Toledo area teachers are invited to bring classes; we provide attendance vouchers.


Become a Champion of Freedom of Expression! Donate a banned book. Contact Jordan Welty at or 419-530-2516.  See the ALA’s updated list of frequently challenged books or visit the UT Banned Books Libguide for more details.


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The University of Toledo Banned Books Coalition:

Paulette D. Kilmer, UT Communication Department, 419-530-4672,
Glenn Sheldon, UT Honors College, 419-530-3261,
Sumitra Srinivasan, UT Communication Department, 419-530-4671,
Arjun Sabharwal, University Libraries, 419-530-4497,
Laura Mitchell, UT Alumna,,
Josie Schreiber, Toledo Love Mobile Children's Library Founder,, and
Saadia Farooq, UT Communication Department,


Last Updated: 1/13/20