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 ….

30 Books to Read Before You Die

Read an Ebook Day is today (September 18). This list from the OverDrive team of book nerds & librarians will help you decide what to read next … whatever format you choose. Print  and audio/eaudio books are great, too. So many good books, so little time.


  • Love Thy Neighbor: A Muslim Doctor’s Struggle for Home in Rural America by Ayaz Virji with Alan Eisenstock
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  • Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
  • The Source by James A. Michener
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk
  • The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.
  • Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
  • Shrill by Lindy West
  • The Hike by Drew Magary
  • A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  • A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
  • Faithful Place by Tanna French
  • The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • This Is Motherhood by Jill Koziol and Liz Tenety
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
  • The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
  • Misery by Stephen King
  • The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert


Constitution Day – Tuesday, September 17

Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.

BSC is celebrating with free donuts in the Student Union from 9:30-11:30 a.m. (while supplies last). Students are invited to play Constitution Trivia on the Mystic Mobile app to win gift cards.