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Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.  (Information provided is directly quoted from ALA's Banned Books Week web page.)


The Library is named in honor of C. H. Cozean.  Mr. Cozean was a prominent Farmington, Missouri, businessman in a family-owned business dating back to 1864. The C. H. Cozean Library now contains historical data on the Cozean family and some of the connecting families. The Library also has a display that highlights some of the rich history of the Cozean family.

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Comments or Suggestions:  If you have comments or suggestions that will help us improve our library services please email the library or mail them to C. H. Cozean Library, Mineral Area College, Post Office Box 1000, Park Hills, MO 63601-1000.