CSUF Students: Win Chances At Starbucks Gift Cards By Participating In Our Banned Books Social Media Contest!

2013 Banned Books Student Contest

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Help us celebrate the freedom to read! In conjunction with the national Banned Books Week campaign — held September 22-28 this year — the Pollak Library is sponsoring a full month of activities to raise awareness about this important issue. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read, to access information, and to express ideas.

Contest Details

Pick a book you have read that has been banned or challenged, and share your thoughts on this book through a photo or video posted to the Pollak Library Facebook Page or to your Instagram. Was this a favorite childhood book, a book you have read over and over, a book that shaped your life or studies? Comments can be just a few words or a few sentences.

  • Dates: September 25 – October 25, 2013 (coincides with our exhibit)
  • Prizes: $10 Starbuck gift cards (20 gift cards available, multiple chances available)
  • Eligibility: Must be a current CSUF student
  • Winners Announced: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
  • Winner Selection: Random drawing.

Thank you to CSUF Campus Dining for co-sponsoring and donating half of the gift cards in the full prize pot of $200 in Starbucks gift cards!

How To Participate

1) Entries may be submitted to our Facebook Page or on Instagram.

  • Facebook: Like our Facebook Page so you can post on our Facebook wall and follow our announcement of winners. Post the photo or video to our wall with your comments about the book. Your personal Facebook privacy settings will stay intact.
  • Instragram: Follow our Instagram channel (@pollaklibrary) so you can tag us and follow our announcement of winners. Post the photo or video to your own Instagram (must be public, or else we cannot see and share), with your comments about the book.
    • Instagram entries must tag our @pollaklibrary Instagram account.
    • Instagram entries must use the hashtag #bannedbooks.

2) Entries must include a photo or video of you holding or using a banned or challenged book (print book or downloaded ebook), with your comments about the book.

Banned Books Contest: Instagram Example

Instagram example. Click on the image for a larger view.

Banned Books Contest: Facebook Page Example

Facebook Page example. Click on the image for a larger view.

Contest Rules

  • Must be a current CSUF student (current student ID required to claim prize/s).
  • Multiple entries are permitted; each eligible submission earns you another chance.
  • Instagram photos must be public in order for us to see and share them.
  • Photos and videos posted to the contest permit Pollak Library to share these photos on our website, our blog, and our social media channels.

Contest FAQs

Q: What do you mean by “holding” a book?
A: A photo or video of you holding the print book or the downloaded ebook. Does not have to include your face; that is up to you. Be creative!

Q: What do you mean by “using” a book?
A: Photo or video examples might include the book/e-reader sitting on a desk, in your backpack, etc. Be creative!

Q: Why can’t we just download or do a screen capture of an electronic book jacket graphic from the internet?
A: That would be too easy. Part of this activity is to encourage you to make use of our exhibit and collections, or those from another library, or your personal library.

Q: Where can we find eligible books?
A. Our Banned Books Exhibit on the first floor of Library North is a great place. Or check among the many lists of Frequently Challenged Books provided by the American Library Association for titles you can find using the Pollak Library Research Tools, at other libraries, or in your home library.

Have fun!

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Co-sponsored by Campus Dining.

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