Congratulations to all of our Banned Books Essay Contest winners!



During the Fall semester, the FC Library promoted an essay contest called the 2017 Fullerton College First Ever Banned Books Essay Contest to celebrate and promote Banned Books Week.



1st Place



Banned Books: Examining the Violation of Individuality and Subconscious Promotion of Conformity by Camille Serrano, who wrote a compelling analysis of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and won $200.


2nd Place



Why as a Society Should we Allow Potentially Controversial Books to be Accessible to the General Public? by Shinyeong Kim, who also wrote about Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and won $100.


3rd Place



Banned Books No More by Elizabeth Bueno, who authored a reflective piece on the liberating power of books through the Sandra Cisneros novel, The House on Mango Street and was awarded $50 for a job well done.






The faculty has spoken and the following finalists were selected:

1st Place: Banned Books: Examining the Violation of Individuality and Subconscious Promotion of Conformity, by Camille Serrano, who wrote a compelling analysis of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and won $200.


2nd Place: Why as a Society Should we Allow Potentially Controversial Books to be Accessible to the General Public?, by Shinyeong Kim, who also wrote about Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and won $100.


3rd Place: Banned Books No More, by Elizabeth Bueno, who authored a reflective piece on the liberating power of books through the Sandra Cisneros novel, The House on Mango Street and was awarded $50 for a job well done.


Honorable Mention awards went to Jesse Ghee and Caroline Morgan, who each received $15 Fullerton College Dining Services gift cards.

Congratulations to our winning students!






Banned Books Week 2017

The last week of September is Banned Books Week. This has been an effort started and promoted by the American Library Association since 1982 to bring awareness to books that have, throughout the course of history, been banned, censored, challenged, or expurgated by local, state and national governments here at home as well as abroad.

Every Fall since 2016 the Fullerton College Library sponsors an essay writing contest in conjunction with Banned Books Week. Please see the flyer below for more information about the contest.


Fullerton College 2017 Banned Books Contest Rules:

Eligibility: All currently enrolled Fullerton College students are eligible to participate.


  1. Select and read a banned book: A banned book can be defined as, “any book that has been banned, censored, challenged or restricted.” The selected book can be any verifiably banned or challenged book, but all students are encouraged to select a suitable college-reading-level book. Ask any FC librarian with assistance in selecting or researching a banned book. The book does not have to be from FC Library.
  2. Write a 750-1000 word essay answering any one of the three essay questions on the reverse of this flyer using supporting ideas from the banned book of your choosing.
  3. Submit your essay (.docx or .doc format only) to the Student Programming Librarian Val Macias, at with the subject line “2017 Essay Contest Submission” due OCTOBER 13, 2017 11:00 P.M. Include your first name, last name and Banner ID number on the essay. Use of the MLA format is encouraged. No hand-delivered paper submissions please. Submissions sent after the posted date will not be considered.

Judging Criteria:

FC judging faculty will look for the following criteria in the essays:

  • Organization
  • Strength of argument
  • Adherence to the prompt
  • Supporting details
  • Format
  • Language mechanics (i.e., grammar, spelling, and punctuation)

Three winners (first, second and third place) will be announced on November 3, 2017. The prizes are as follows:

  • $200 for first place
  • $100 for second place
  • $50 for third place

Certificates of achievement will be issued to the winners and certificates of participation will be awarded to all participants upon request. An essay reading event is planned for all participants.

Questions? Come talk to any librarian at the reference desk for more details. You can also e-mail Val Macias at or at (714) 992-7381 or contest co-coordinator Stephanie Burnham at

Academic Honesty:

Fullerton College’s policy on plagiarism fully applies. Participating students who submit essays are responsible for submitting academically honest work. Students are expected to submit original written work, with credit given to any sources where required, which includes the full, proper and complete use of citations and works cited pages in their work. Essays with suspected plagiarism will be disqualified.


*Highlighted works indicated Banned Books author is of Latino/a descent, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month
Curious about the reasons these authors were banned/censored/challenged? Read their stories in our reference volume Banned
Books: Challenging our Freedom to Read.
Available at the 1st Floor Reference Desk.
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PS3551.N464 Z466 1993 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Angelou, Maya
PA3877.L8 1990 Lysistrata Aristophanes
PR9199.3.A8 H3 1986 The Handmaid’s Tale Atwood, Margaret
Paperback Auel Clan of the
Cave Bear
Auel, Jean
The Mammoth Hunters
Plains of Passage
Valley of the Horses
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PS3558.E476 G66 1980 Good as Gold
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JC153.H65 1964 Leviathan Hobbes, Thomas
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PQ2288.A345 2002 Hunchback of Notre Dame de Paris
PR6015.U9 B65 1965 Brave New World Huxley, Aldous
PR6015.U9 E94 1936 Eyeless in Gaza
PT8862.A36 An Enemy of the People Ibsen, Henrik
PT8854.W3 Ghosts
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PR6019.O9 U49 1961 Ulysses Joyce, James
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PS3523.E94 E46 1979 Elmer Gantry
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PS3523.O46 C35 1963 Call of the Wild London, Jack
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PQ2623.O8 A65 1933 Aphrodite Louys, Pierre
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PS3525.I5156 D4 1977 Death of a Salesman Miller, Arthur
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