2022-23 Campus Common Read Explores Banned Books

Books have been banned throughout history, yet over the past year there has been a resurgence of censoring or banning certain kinds of books. The 2022/23 CSUSM Campus Common Read will facilitate a common educational experience around the issues of banning books. This includes exposing first-year students to books that center African American, Latinx, Asian American, American Indian, LGBTQ, and other characters, or challenge the status quo, which have traditionally been targeted for removal from school and public libraries alike. Over 30 states have proposed or are considering legislation that attempts to limit access to books. Bans like these limit the ability of individuals and their parents to make decisions about what they read. Reading books with diverse characters gives us a wider understanding of the world around us and helps to build empathy. 

The five Campus Common Read books that the committee selected include:

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe

Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman

Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Pick up your FREE BOOK at one of our book giveaway days:

  • Thursday, Sept. 8, U-Hour
    • in front of the Kellogg Library's 3rd floor
  • Tuesday, Sept. 13, U-Hour
    • in front of the Kellogg Library's 3rd floor
  • Tuesday, Sept. 20, U-Hour (Banned Books Week)
    • in front of the Kellogg Library's 3rd floor
  • Saturday Oct. 15, 9:00am-2:00pm
    • inside Kellogg Library at the Library Open House
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18, U-Hour
    • in front of the Kellogg Library's 3rd floor

If students are unable to attend any of the book giveaways, they can email commonread@csusm.edu and we'll arrange a time for them to come pick one up.

For questions, comments, and feedback regarding CSUSM's Common Read, email commonread@csusm.edu or call 760-750-4333.