October Is LGBT History Month

Celebrate LGBT* History Month! Read a book or an article, or watch a film from the BSC Library collection.

*The phrase lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) refers to members of a community of people marginalized by sexuality and gender. The acronym LGBT itself owes its existence to decades of identity politics and organizing. Click to learn more …

Looking for 49 good books to read?

49 books (24 fiction, 25 nonfiction) are on the longlist for the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.

Six finalists will be announced on November 4, and two medal winners will be announced at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia on Sunday, January 26. Carnegie Medal winners will each receive $5,000.

Good reading!

Change in Library Hours, September 25-29

  • Wednesday, September 25 – 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 26 & Friday, September 27 (No classes; employee professional development training) — CLOSED
  • Saturday, September 28 — CLOSED
  • Sunday, September 29 — CLOSED

Regular hours resume Monday, September 30.

Even when we are closed, the Library’s electronic sources — catalog, databases, ebooks — are available 24/7.

Map of Forbidden Books 2019

A Map of Forbidden Books in 2019 by Brendan Brown

For almost as long we’ve been writing, governments and religious groups have attempted to censor what we read.

In 35 AD, Homer’s The Odyssey was banned by the Roman emperor Caligula because it contained dangerous ideas about freedom. The contents of the famed library in Alexandria were used as fuel for the public baths in 640 AD. And Pope Paul IV published one of the first book ban lists with his Index of Prohibited Books in 1559, a list that was updated until 1948.

Think that book banning has been consigned to history? Sigh. Books are still being censored today. Keep reading ….