Celebrate Your Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week – September 26 – October 3, 2009

The Great Gatsby, Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1984, The Color Purple, The Bible, The Call of the Wild, Brave New World, Of Mice and Men, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Koran … What do these books have in common?  All have been banned or challenged by groups or individuals seeking to have them removed from classrooms or libraries.

Last week at the North Dakota Library Association annual conference, I had the pleasure of listening to a keynote address by John Berendt, whose book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, was the subject of a challenge at Beulah High School last fall.  Mr. Berendt reminded librarians of the importance of what we do to promote and defend the right to read.  He also talked about the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 and the “quiet censorship” that goes on under that act.

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.   It highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

We invite you to stop by the BSC Library to see our Banned Books Week display and to check out a book … Maybe even one that’s been banned.

BSC Alumni Art Exhibition

  • What:  BSC Alumni Art Exhibition
  • Show Dates: September 21 – October 21, 2009
  • Location: Gannon Gallery/BSC Library
  • Reception: Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 4:30-7:00 p.m.

This dazzling display of artwork was created by Bismarck State College & Bismarck Junior College Alumni and is a “must-see” stop when you are on campus.  Alumni works include paintings, ceramics, drawings, photography, sculpture, and literature. 

Please join us at the reception on Wednesday, September 30, 2009, from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at the Gannon Gallery/BSC Library so you can meet the artistic alumni while you enjoy complimentary refreshments.

This event is free and open to the public.

Posted on behalf of Andrea Fagerstrom, Gallery Director

Say You’re One of Them – Oprah’s Book Club Selection

Say you're one of themSay You’re One of Them: Stories by Uwem Akpan is the latest Oprah’s Book Club Selection. 

“Redemption is in short supply in these five stories by a Nigerian priest about children caught in the crossfire of various African countries’ upheavals. ” Kirkus Reviews


Check it out at the BSC Library!  Call number: PR 9387.9 .A3935 S29 2009

Sunday Open Lab Hours

Beginning September 13, 2009, the Library’s lab will serve as the open lab for the BSC campus from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sundays.  

You must activate your BSC Network account to log onto campus computers, including those in the lab, and to access the BSC wireless network.

BSC Library & Lab Schedule

Except for these dates, the Library and the lab will be open on Sundays during the 2009-10 academic year:

  • December 20, 2009 – Closed (Christmas Break)
  • December 27, 2009 – Closed (Christmas Break)
  • January 3, 2010 – Closed (Christmas Break)
  • January 10, 2010 – Closed (Christmas Break)
  • January 17, 2010 – Closed (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
  • February 14, 2010 – Closed (Presidents Day Holiday)
  • March 14, 2010 – Closed (Spring Break)
  • March 21, 2010 – Closed (Spring Break)
  • April 4, 2010 – Closed (Easter Sunday)

Arts Dakota Exhibit through September 15

Arts Dakota
August 15 – September 15, 2009
Gannon Gallery/BSC Library

This exhibit features over 60 North Dakotan artists and has a wide variety of mediums including paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, jewelry, wood carving, and printmaking.  Written works are also featured.  

Stop by the Library & check it out!


Your BSC photo ID IS your BSC Library card. 

  • The barcode number on the back of the card (starts 23103 …) is your library card number.
  • Your library password is your last name.
  • You are required to show your BSC photo ID card to check out library materials. 
  • To access BSC Library databases from non-campus computers, you will be prompted to authenticate with your library card number.

 If you have questions or need help using library resources, ask us.  Librarians love questions!

You can get your BSC photo ID at the library during regular library hours.  We require documentation of your student number (EMPLID) and a driver’s license (or another form of photo ID, e.g., passport).  There is a $5 charge for replacement IDs.