Celebrating the Freedom to Read: Sept. 27- Oct. 3, 2015


Are you wondering what you should do to celebrate Banned Books Week 2015? If so, click on your state to check out the events taking place in your area. You should also check out the list of online events. For information about events from the sponsors of Banned Books Week see the featured events page.

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  • Anchorage
    Censorship, Diversity, and Young Adult Literature: A Panel Discussion
    Join our panel as we discuss exactly why diversity in young adult literature is needed and how we can ensure that diverse literature is available in our community. Panel discussions depend on audience participation – come prepared to ask questions and share your opinion! Our panelists will include: Dr. Jervette Ward – Assistant professor at UAA and author of, “In Search of Diversity: Dick and Jane and Their Black Playmates”, as well as the editor of, “Real Sister: Stereotypes, Respectability, and Black Women in Reality TV”. Michael Robinson – UAA/APU Consortium Library and Chair of the Alaska State Library Association’s Committee on Intellectual Freedom Jane Baird – Anchorage Public Library, Collection Development Jon Ebron – Anchorage Public Library, Teen Librarian
    October 29, 2015
    Z.J. Loussac Public Library
    3600 Denali Street
    Anchorage, AK 99503
    Stacia McGourty

  • Anchorage
    The Censorship Quiz II: Revenge of the Banned
    Are you in possession of forbidden knowledge? Do you want to win a signed copy of To Kill a Mockingbird? Come to the second annual Censorship Challenge! In celebration of banned books week, the Anchorage Public Library and UAA/APU Consortium Library are hosting a pub quiz. Entry is free! Teams should consist of no more than six people. The quiz will consist of six rounds - including one visual round and one audio round. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Not Last, as well as special bonus prizes between rounds and for best team name. Prizes include a variety of tote bags, usb drives, and books!
    October 1, 2015
    The Taproot Public House
    3300 Spenard Road
    Anchorage, AK 99503
    Stacia McGourty

  • Anchorage
    The Banned Slam
    Catcher in the Rye…Harry Potter…Captain Underpants…Of Mice and Men… Every year, there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from schools and libraries. Celebrate YOUR freedom to read and right to choose your book during Banned Books Week at the Consortium Library’s first Banned Slam (similar to a poetry slam, but with banned books). Join us Friday, October 2nd, 7:00 pm in Library 307 and read from your favorite banned book. Prizes for the top slam readers!
    October 2, 2015
    UAA/APU Consortium Library
    3211 Providence Drive Room 307
    Anchorage, AK 99508
    Susan Olson


  • Little Rock
    Banned Books: The Color Purple
    Come find out the winner of The Color Purple Missing Letter Writing Contest, see an interview reenactment, and watch the film at this FREE event, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
    CALS Ron Robinson Theater
    100 River Market Ave.
    Little Rock, AR 72201
    Brad Mooy
    501 918-3098

  • North Little Rock
    Banned Book Week Read-Outs
    Celebrate your freedom to read at PTC's Banned Book Week Read-Outs scheduled for Sept. 29 & 30. Our theme is year is dystopian books about the end of the world. Students, faculty and staff will read aloud from controversial classics like George Orwell's 1984 and Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 and newer objectionable books like the Hunger Games. Join us at these locations and Read-Out! Main Campus: Campus Center: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 & Wednesday, Sept. 30 Little Rock - South: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29
    September 29 & 30, 2015, 11am-1pm
    Pulaski Technical College
    North Little Rock, AR 72118
    Veronica Stewart


  • Safford
    Banned Books Week Display + Book Thief Screening and Discussion
    The Safford City-Graham County Library will be honoring Banned Books Week with a display of frequently banned and challenged books, listing out each book's individual adversity, from September 24th - October 1st. We will also be hosting a free movie screening and book discussion of The Book Thief, in which we will touch on the history of censorship and what the public can do to ensure their right to read is never taken away.
    09/24/2015 - 10/01/2015
    Safford City-Graham County Library
    808 S 7th Ave
    Safford, AZ 85546
    Brandon Nite
    (928) 432-4158


  • La Jolla
    Banned Books Read-Out
    We're hosting an exhibit of Banned Books at the UC San Diego Library and at the UC San Diego Bookstore. Come inside the UC San Diego Bookstore (first floor) at noon on Thursday, October 1st to participate in a live Read-Out of Banned Books. Our house band will play a rebellious fanfare as an introduction and as an exit from your short passage of interest.
    UC San Diego Bookstore
    UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093
    La Jolla, CA 92093
    Scott Paulson
    (858) 822-5758

  • Pasadena
    CENSORED Mixer
    Join us for open mic readings of our and your favorite paragraphs and poems from books that have been banned. Sign up for a slot in advance by emailing Danielle at dborsch@vromansbookstore.com,or show up and we’ll squeeze you in that night. We’ll also have some Censored Cocktails (as in mocktails, no alcohol).
    Saturday, October 3, 2015
    Vroman's Bookstore Hastings Ranch
    3729 E. Foothill Blvd.
    Pasadena, CA 91107
    Danielle Borsch

  • Pleasant Hill
    From Trigger Warnings to Graphic Novels: Censorship and Academic Freedom on College Campuses
    Come participate in an enlightening and provocative dialogue and embody the spirit of free speech in higher education. Moderated by: Mickey Huff, professor of social science and history; area co-chair History, DVC; Director of Project Censored and member of the National Outreach Committee for Banned Books Week With special guest panelists: Hayley Laird, English Instructor, DVC and SFSU, where she frequently teaches units on Banned Books, censorship on campus, and the First Amendment. Laury Fischer, professor of English, DVC, coordinator of the Developmental Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum program at DVC, former co-director Bay Area Writing Project (UC Berkeley), Adam Bessie, professor of English, teaches “The Graphic Novel as Literature” course at DVC. He writes non-fiction comics that have been published in nationwide forums such as The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, Truthout, and more. Additionally, he has authored chapters on censorship for the Project Censored book series.
    September 16th, 2015, 12:30pm to 1:50pm
    Diablo Valley College, Student Union Conference Room
    321 Golf Club Rd
    Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
    Mickey Huff

  • San Diego
    All-Day Read-Aloud Read-a-thon
    SAN DIEGO PUBLIC LIBRARY CELEBRATES FREEDOM TO READ DURING “BANNED BOOKS WEEK,” SEPTEMBER 27 – OCTOBER 3 This Year’s Theme Celebrates Young Adult Books More Frequently Challenged than Any Other SAN DIEGO – To help raise awareness regarding the censorship of books, the San Diego Public Library, in partnership with the San Diego Costume Guild, presents the 4th annual All-Day Read-Aloud Read-a-thon on Friday, October 2, 2015 from 12 to 5 p.m. in the Garden Courtyard at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common located at 330 Park Blvd in downtown San Diego. The public is invited to read alongside librarians, volunteer and teen readers, and special guests from the Costume Guild, who will appear as costumed characters from many favorite books including Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland. “It’s important to realize that not every book will be right for every reader,” says library director Misty Jones. “The freedom to choose for ourselves what we want to read is a hard-won right that we must not take for granted. Reading, speaking, thinking and expressing ourselves freely are core American values.” Since 1982, Banned Books Week has been observed, sponsored by the American Library Association and endorsed by the Center for the Book of the Library of Congress. Launched in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries, more than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. There were 311 challenges reported to the ALA in 2014, and many more go unreported. See the 10 most challenged titles of 2014. The ALA, along with other Banned Books Week co-sponsors, hosts an annual Virtual Read-Out where readers from around the world can participate by posting videos about the importance of the freedom to read on a dedicated Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out YouTube channel. For more information please visit ALA’s Banned Books website. Learn about other events at the San Diego Public Library’s Central Library and 35 branches, find links to numerous additional resources, or search for materials in the Library’s catalog online at www.sandiegolibrary.org.
    Friday, October 2
    San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
    330 Park Blvd
    San Diego, CA 92101
    Marion Moss Hubbard

  • West Hollywood
    WeHo Reads Banned Books
    In honor of Banned Books Week, WeHo Reads—the City of West Hollywood’s ongoing author series—has scheduled a full day of literary and artistic events, on Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 11am to 7pm in the City Council Chambers and Autocourt (625 N. San Vicente Blvd). WeHo Reads Banned Books will start at 11am with book readings and activities for children. Throughout the day, performance art, queer sticker-making workshops and other art activities will take place. In addition, there will be several panel discussions from authors that have been banned and/or deemed controversial for issues related to race, religion, gender, sexuality and/or other ‘hot button’ issues. WeHo Reads is being produced by The City of West Hollywood and the West Hollywood Library with the support of Red Hen Press, Les Figues Press, PEN Center USA, and Book Soup.
    September 26, 2015
    West Hollywood Library Complex
    625 N. San Vicente Blvd
    West Hollywood, CA 90069
    Mike Che


  • Hartford
    Banned Theater
    Join an all-star panel of area theater professionals and the ACLU of Connecticut for a discussion on banned plays, including Blues for Mister Charlie by James Baldwin, My Name is Rachel Corrie, edited by Alan Rickman and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You by Christopher Durang. Featuring Rob Ruggerio (TheaterWorks), Rachel Shapiro Alderman (Hartford Stage), Jacques LaMarre (playwright/The Mark Twain House & Museum) and David McGuire (ACLU of Connecticut). Moderated by Dr. Lois Brown, Director of the Center for African American Studies at Wesleyan University. - See more at: http://hplct.org/classes-seminars-exhibits#Banned
    September 28, 2015
    Hartford Public Library
    500 Main Street
    Hartford, CT 06103
    Matthew K. Poland, CEO

  • Simsbury
    Banned Books Bookmarks
    Support Banned Books Week: make your own banned bookmark! We will provide the supplies and instruction. We also have a banned book display with a voting booth to win a bag of banned or challenged books!
    September 29, 2015
    Simsbury Public Library
    725 Hopmeadow St
    Simsbury, CT 06070
    Sara Ray

  • Washington Depot
    Banned Books Read Out
    Join us for our Fifth Read Out on Friday Oct 2 @ 7 pm and listen to local teachers, authors, students and book lovers who will read passages from their favorite banned or challenged books. Also during Banned Books Week Sept 27-Oct 2 stop in and visit our Banned Books Display - do you know why these titles have been banned or challenged?
    October 2nd @ 7:00 pm
    Hickory Stick Bookshop
    2 Green Hill Rd
    Washington Depot, CT 06794
    Pat Moody


  • http://educationtownhall.org
    Banned Books and Identity
    Education Town Hall feature report on "Banned Books and Identity." Airs Thursday, September 17 at 11 a.m. EASTERN on We Act Radio. Listen live via Tune In http://tunein.com/radio/We-Act-Radio-1480-s22091/. Visit Education Town Hall shortly after broadcast for recording and related posts. #BannedBooksWeek
    September 17
    We Act Radio's Education Town Hall
    Virginia Spatz

  • Washington
    Uncensored! A Conversation with Banned YA Authors
    DC Public Library is celebrating Banned Books Week! On Tuesday, 9/29, at 4:00 p.m., the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library will host an event featuring two acclaimed authors of banned children’s and YA books: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and Deborah Hautzig. Ms. Naylor is a Newbery Award winner and author of over 140 books for children and young adults, including Shiloh (for which she won the Newbery) and the Alice series, which is one of the most frequently challenged and banned series of the last decade. Ms. Hautzig was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1982, and her YA novel Hey, Dollface is regularly challenged. During this event, both authors will share their thoughts on censorship, writing, and the importance of intellectual freedom. Teens will then have the opportunity to ask questions of the authors (and each other), and explore what it means to have work banned, challenged, or censored. See the online calendar for additional information: http://dclibrary.org/node/49857 and http://dclibrary.org/node/50178 You may also contact the library staff with questions about this event via email, phone, or Twitter (@dcpl).
    Tenley-Friendship Library
    4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW
    Washington, DC 20016
    Tenley Library - Youth/Teen Services Staff


  • Coral Gables
    "Lolita" Screening
    Great Adaptations from Page to Screen: Free lunchtime screening of "Lolita" in honor of Banned Books Week! We will be offering 20% off all featured titles, limited editions. Seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. No RSVP required. September 30, 2015 at 1pm.
    September 29, 2015
    Coral Gables Art Cinema
    260 Aragon Ave
    Coral Gables, FL 33134
    Mitchell Kaplan

  • Gainesville
    BANNED?! A Wacky Look at Banned Children’s Books
    The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre is proud to announce a staged reading of its original production BANNED?!— a strange, silly & unexpectedly educational look at children’s books banned for the most ridiculous of reasons… in celebration of Banned Books Week. Join us one day only– Saturday, October 3— at 3 PM or 5PM. "Recommended" donation is $10— (but not required-- because reading and speech should be free)– but you’re welcome to donate more, as a portion of the proceeds will benefit a local nonprofit that supports reading and free speech. This staged reading is a mix of book excerpts, history, trivia and comedy, with a touch of Twilight Zone thrown in for good measure. The banned books we’ll be visiting include: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Charlotte’s Web Winnie the Pooh Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? The Rabbits’ Wedding Sylvester and the Magic Pebble Where the Wild Things Are The Lorax And Tango Makes Three Is this appropriate for children? Maybe yes, maybe no– that’s kind of the point of this show. We’ll let you be the judge. There’s no cursing, nudity or truly adult situations, but there may be *GASP!* interracial bunny kisses. Carolyne Salt, author of Banned?! and president of the Acrosstown was quoted as saying “Free speech and free imaginations are vital to the arts– if there’s anything we can do to help support those, we will, and with reckless abandon.”
    Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
    619 South Main Street
    Gainesville, FL 32601
    Carolyne Salt
    (352) 234-6278

  • Gainesville
    Banned Books Week Read-Out
    Join us between noon and 2 p.m. on the Plaza of the Americas on front of Library West for the Banned Books Week Read-Out! Read aloud from a favorite banned or challenged book, or just sit back and listen. Pizza and soda will be served!
    Thursday, October 1, 2015
    University of Florida Plaza of the Americas
    Gainesville, FL 32607
    Sarah Prentice

  • Jacksonville
    BYOL BBW: Bring Your Own Lunch for Presentations on Banned Books
    This event will include presentations from select UNF faculty members and department members on campus on banned books, censorship, and free speech. Bring your own lunch - drinks and desserts will be provided by the Library.
    September 28, 2015
    University of North Florida, Thomas G. Carpenter Library
    1 UNF Drive
    Jacksonville, FL 32224
    Maria Atilano
    (904) 620-1564

  • Jacksonville
    Readaloud in front of Tommy G's
    This event will feature UNF students, faculty, staff, and admin volunteers who will read aloud from their choice of banned books.
    September 29, 2015
    University of North Florida, Thomas G. Carpenter Library
    1 UNF Drive
    Jacksonville, FL 32224
    Maria Atilano
    (904) 620-1564

  • Miami
    Flash Mob Read Out
    To kick off Banned Books Week, the FIU Libraries will be hosting its first ever “Flash Mob Read Out;” on Monday, September 28th at 4pm; students and staff at both campuses are encouraged to head outside, whether individually or with a group of friends, and read aloud from their favorite banned books.
    Monday, September 28th
    Florida International University
    11200 SW 8th Street
    Miami, FL 33199
    Lauren Christos

  • Tampa
    A Discussion of Banned Books Week & International Blasphemy Rights Day
    A Discussion of Banned Books Week and International Blasphemy Rights Day led by local Center for Inquiry-Tampa Bay representative, Rick O’Keefe. http://centerforinquiry.net/tampa What can your group do to celebrate Banned Books Week? Check out some of these ideas: • Lecture/Presentation: Invite a school librarian or other speaker to give a presentation on censorship, book banning, blasphemy, and/or free speech. • Banned Books Readout: Invite group members and passers-by to read aloud sections from their favorite banned and challenged books in a public area on campus. • Food for Freethought: The Metro State Atheists at Metropolitan College of Denver came up with this service project idea. During Banned Books Week, they gave away donated books to students who bring in non-perishable food items to be donated to a food bank.
    Sept. 19, 2015
    North Tampa Branch Library
    8916 North Blvd
    Tampa, FL 33603
    Rick O'Keefe


  • Lawrenceville
    Banned Books Week Panel Discussion
    Panel discussion about the Right to Read and 1st Amendment in academia.
    October 6, 2015
    Georgia Gwinnett College Library
    Lawrenceville, GA 30043
    Frank Roberts

  • Statesboro
    Banned Books Week "Read Out"
    Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2015 celebration will be held September 27-October 3. Stop by the library and read aloud from your favorite banned book, celebration to commence at 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Tuesday September 27 at 1:00
    Statesboro-Bulloch County Library
    124 South Main Street
    Statesboro, GA 30458
    Darlene Alessi

  • Swainsboro
    Banned Books Celebration!
    Every year, there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from schools and libraries. Celebrate YOUR freedom to read and right to choose your book during our Banned Books Celebration, September 21-October 6. Also, please join the EGSC Library and the School of the Humanities for our Banned Books Lecture Series: Monday, September 21, 4:00 PM—Dr. H. Lee Cheek, 1984: A Social and Political Perspective Tuesday, September 22, 4:00PM—Dr. Carmine Palumbo, 1984: A Literary and Biographical Perspective Monday, September 28, 4:00PM—Professor Desmal Purcell, The History of Censorship: Comics Tuesday, September 29, 4:00PM—Dr. Armond Boudreaux, Maus I & II by Art Spiegelman Monday, October 5, 4:00PM—Professor Steve Lavender, Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs Tuesday, October 6, 4:00PM—Dr. Alan Brasher, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Join our Humanities and Social Sciences professors as they lecture about banned books, both new and classic, and the topic of censorship in literature and art. All lectures will take place in the Learning Commons room J503. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, see: http://www.ega.edu/announce/banned-books-2015.pdf
    September 21 - October 6, 2015
    East Georgia State College
    131 College Circle
    Swainsboro, GA 30401
    Amanda McKenzie
    (478) 289-2083


    Banned Books Week Virtual Read Aloud
    The WCC Library and Language Arts Department wish to invite you, your students, and community members to a special Out Loud in the Library Event: THE BANNED BOOKS WEEK VIRTUAL READ ALOUD! DATE: Wednesday, September 30 TIME: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (maybe 5:30 pm) LOCATION: The Library Atrium (bottom of the stairs) Join us and listen as we read aloud from banned and challenged books to celebrate our freedom to read and honor the value of free and open access to information. *Interested in reading at the event? Please email Mariko Kershaw (kershaw[at]hawaii[dot]edu) to be added to the list of readers. Excerpts should be under three minutes. Readings will be recorded and posted to the Banned Books Week YouTube Channel.
    9/30/2015 4-5pm
    Windward Community College Library Atrium
    45-720 KEAAHALA RD
    KANEOHE, HI 96744
    Mariko Kershaw


  • Des Moines
    In anticipation of Banned Books Week, staff will pick a selection of titles from our collection that have been considered banned books in the past. Discussion will be around the idea of banned books and the implications of banning them.
    Salisbury House
    4025 Tonawanda Drive
    Des Moines, IA 50312
    Amy Saylor


  • Chicago
    BPLP Fourth Annual Banned Books Readout
    Presenting the Browne Parker Literary Press Fourth Annual Banned Books Week Readout. BPLP will host a reading of the Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. Toni Morrison’s debut novel The Bluest Eye is one of the classics of American Literature, but despite its literary reputation, many attempts have been made to ban the book from state teaching curriculums. This year's event will have a theme of neighborhood reconciliation through literature particularly banned books. There will be a display of banned books to browse and talk about. Our guest reader will be Osama Taiym, author of OAIB: Volume One
    September 28, 2015
    Browne Parker Literary Press
    8103 South Halsted
    Chicago, IL 60620
    Dave Glock
    (320) 281-7959

  • Chicago
    CIty Lit Theater Company: Books on the Chopping Block
    One again, the DePaul University Library is teaming up with the DePaul University Center for Writing-based Learning in celebration of Banned Books Week! In addition to our banned books read-outs and “pop-up shops,” this year we are excited to present City Lit Theatre’s, “Books on the Chopping Block,” 2-3pm, Friday, October 2nd, in room 115 of the John T. Richardson Library in Lincoln Park. “Books on the Chopping Block” is a 60-minute performance of dramatic readings of short excerpts taken from the ten most challenged books of 2014. This year’s performance will feature excerpts from Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, among others. Please join us for their performance, Q&A and light refreshments. Join the DePaul Library and DePaul Writing Center at any of the events below! Classes welcome! • Monday, September 28th Read-Out, Pop-up Shop & Info table 11am-1pm, DePaul Student Center Atrium, Lincoln Park Campus Celebrate your freedom to read at our banned books read-out, info table and “pop-up shop” in the DePaul Student Center! Join members of the DePaul community as they read passages from banned books aloud, browse our selection of subversive titles and check out one to take home—some titles may surprise you! Anyone who stops by can also create a Banned Books Week button for their backpack, and will be entered into a raffle to win a tote bag and a copy of this year’s most challenged title: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. •Wednesday, September 30th Pop-up Shop & Info table 11am-1pm, 11th Floor DePaul Center, Loop Campus Celebrate your freedom to read at our info table and “pop-up shop” in the DePaul Student Center! Learn more about why books are banned or challenged, browse our selection of subversive titles and check one out to take home—some titles may surprise you! Anyone who stops by can also create a Banned Books Week button for their backpack, and will be entered into a raffle to a win a tote bag and a copy of this year’s most challenged title: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. •Friday, October 2nd Books on the Chopping Block 2pm-3pm, Room 115, John T. Richardson Library “Books on the Chopping Block” is a 60-minute performance of dramatic readings of short excerpts taken from the ten most challenged books of 2014. This year’s performance will feature excerpts from Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie among others. Please join us for their performance, Q&A and light refreshments. Audience members will be entered into a raffle to a win a tote bag and a copy of this year’s most challenged title: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie •Ongoing Exhibit Banned, Censored, Challenged: Reading as a Subversive Activity 1st floor exhibit cases, John T. Richardson Library This exhibit features books from DePaul Library’s collections that have been banned, censored or challenged in a variety of contexts.
    Friday, October 2, 2015
    John T. Richardson Library, DePaul University
    2350 N Kenmore Ave
    Chicago, IL 60614
    Heather A Jagman

  • Chicago
    Banned Books Read Out
    Stop by Papermaker's Garden to hear your favorite banned book read aloud, or just hang out in our 'Rebel Room' and receive a free banned book while supplies last! **In the event of inclement weather, this event will be held at HAUS, 623 S. Wabash Ave.** The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) promotes awareness of challenges to library materials and celebrates freedom of speech during Banned Books Week. This event is observed during the last week of September of each year.
    Tuesday 9/29 - Thursday 10/1 2015, 12-3pm each day
    Columbia College Chicago
    Papermaker's Garden, 754 S. Michigan Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60605
    Molly Hart

  • Evanston
    Sex and Censorship at Northwestern: An Evening with Alice Dreger
    Alice Dreger speaks in Evanston about her new book, Galileo's Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science, as well as her recent resignation from Northwestern University over the censorship of the journal Atrium.
    Sept. 30, 2015
    Bookends & Beginnings Bookstore
    1712 Sherman Avenue, Alley #1
    Evanston, IL 60202
    John Wilson

  • Lincolnshire
    Books on the Chopping Block
    City Lit Theater presents a celebration of the American Library Association’s 35th annual Banned Books Week. A cast of four professional actors will present a brief excerpt of each of the ten books ALA considers the 10 most frequently challenged books of 2014. Following the performance will be a discussion with the performers and audience. Ages 15+. Registration is required. Register online at the link provided, by telephone at 224-543-1485, or in person at any public service desk in the library.
    October 1, 2015
    Vernon Area Public Library
    300 Olde Half Day Rd
    Lincolnshire, IL 60069
    Registration Desk

  • MOrris
    Banned Book Read Out and Book Fest at the Corn Fest
    Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. We will kick off the Book Fest at 12:30 with a Banned Books Read Out.
    September 26, 2015
    Morris Area Public Library
    604 Liberty Street
    MOrris, IL 60450
    Lorene Kennard


  • Indianapolis
    BOOKS IN BONDAGE: Banned Books Week Finale Feat. Joshua Kane
    Join the Vonnegut Library as we end Banned Books Week with a bang! Rick Provine will break free from his banned book prison, and artist Joshua Kane will give an interactive performance about literary censorship. Tickets: http://bit.ly/1UzrET7 In this highly interactive one-man show, Kane performs provocative excerpts from such banned and challenged authors as Vonnegut, Joyce, Poe, Bierce, Orwell, Steinbeck and Shakespeare, punctuated by lively anecdotes from the front lines of the Battle for the American Mind. Prepare yourselves for pop quizzes, top-10 lists, dramatic readings and maybe even a sing-a-long. More information on Kane can be found at joshuakane.com. Students must present valid ID at the door. Parking is available in the Central Library garage as well as street parking.
    October 2, 2015
    Vonnegut Library
    40 East Saint Clair Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46204
    Kate Newman

  • Williamsport
    Banned Books Week FREADom Reading Challenge
    To celebrate Banned Books Week, our Children's Librarian has created a reading challenge for readers of all ages. You can pick up your reading challenge sheet at the library starting on Monday, September 14. There are 25 different banned books related items on the sheet. Simply choose 5 books (or a movie) to read (or watch!) by Saturday, October 17. The first three readers to complete the reading challenge will receive movie tickets from The Historic DEVON Theater!
    September 14-October 17
    Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
    28 E Second St
    Williamsport, IN 47993
    Addie Jernagan


  • Manhattan
    Banned Books Reading
    Kansas State students, faculty and staff will read from notorious and surprising banned books from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, in the free speech zone at the Bosco Student Plaza. Selections include books that have been banned or challenged in libraries and schools, including titles like "To Kill a Mockingbird" or the "Hunger Games" series. The daily event is free and open to the public.
    Monday, Sept 28-Friday, Oct 2
    Kansas State University
    Student Union
    Manhattan, KS 66506
    Karin Westman

  • Manhattan
    Sex, Age, and Religion: Responding to Censorship Challenges
    Students, faculty and community members are invited to attend a panel discussion, "Sex, Age, and Religion: Responding to censorship challenges," moderated by Naomi Wood, professor of English. The event will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the Hemisphere Room at Hale Library. Speakers include Vicki Sherbert, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction in the university's College of Education; the Rev. Patrick McLaughlin, First United Methodist Church, Manhattan; Brandon Haddock, coordinator, the university's LGBT Resource Center; and Charissa Powell, assistant professor and undergraduate and community services librarian, K-State Libraries. The group will consider a wide range of censorship issues, especially those that are most frequently leveled at literature for young readers.
    Tuesday, Sept 29, 4-5 p.m.
    Kansas State University
    Student Union
    Manhattan, KS 66506
    Karin Westman


  • Shreveport
    Celebrating the Freedom to READ!
    Celebrating the Freedom to Read! Shreve Memorial Library celebrates Banned Book Week What do you do when a patron or a parent finds a book in your library offensive and wants to take it off your shelves? How do you remain sensitive to the needs of all patrons while avoiding banning a title? In partnership with the NWLA Chapter of the ACLU, Shreve Memorial Library will host a Banned Books salon and panel discussion in hopes to find answers to those questions, followed by a rock concert on Thursday, October 1, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 1508 Fairfield Avenue. Special guest panelists will be Anton Winder, KARTHAGO strategies, and Adrienne Critcher of PACE. A lively discussion about book challenges and censorship will take place. Musical guests include the Seratones featuring AJ Haynes.
    October 1, 2015 7-8:30pm
    Shreve Memorial Library
    1508 Fairfield Avenue
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    Ivy Woodard-Latin


  • Fitchburg
    Robert Cormier: Censorship and Intolerance symposium and digital exhibit
    October 1, 2015 - virtual and face-to-face symposium celebrating the opening of a digital exhibit featuring the work of the author of The Chocolate War and other important YA novels, Robert Cormier's letters, drafts, and thoughts on censorship, and what it means to be a writer. Full program available on link. Teachers and their classes may reserve a virtual seat at the symposium. Contact aconsalvo@uttyler.edu about virtual attendance; contact etakehan@fitchburgstate.edu about in-person attendance.
    October 1, 2015
    Fitchburg State University and Virtual
    Fitchburg, MA 0
    Elise Takehana or Anna Consalvo
    etakehan@fitchburgstate.edu virtual: aconsalvo@uttyler.edu

  • Fitchburg
    Robert Cormier: Censorship and Intolerance symposium and digital exhibit
    In observance of Banned Books Week, please use the link to the full symposium program that details speakers and times for the October 1 event that celebrates the special, digitized exhibit, Robert Cormier: Censorship and Intolerance. We invite secondary teachers and university faculty with classes of students to consider joining the symposium by virtual participation. Simply select which event you wish for you and your class and email me at aconsalvo@uttyler.edu to reserve your spot; I will send you a confirmation, and instructions. The featured exhibit showcases Robert Cormier who was a prolific author of YA literature – especially in the genre, Contemporary Realistic Fiction. This year’s exhibit centers on three of his novels: The Chocolate War, I am the Cheese, and Fade. Also prominent in the exhibit are his supportive and thoughtful letters to students, teachers, and parents some of whom battled censorship from without and within. Notable as well are his marked-up drafts of statements on censorship and his musings on what it meant for him to be a writer: commitment, perseverance, and an enduring belief in the intelligence of youth. The exhibit uses keywords to ease navigation. Here is the link to the exhibit: https://cormiercensorship.omeka.net/ Teachers of literature and writing may find the exhibit useful as a teaching tool to investigate with students how successful writers engage in the process of writing that we strive to impart to students including multiple drafts and revisions. In addition, we believe that teachers and their classes may find segments of the symposium interesting and illuminating and we welcome virtual attendance at the event. Admission is free both on-site and through virtual presence at the October 1, 2015 symposium, Robert Cormier: Censorship and Intolerance, that runs from 12pm to 5pm (EST) and 11am to 4pm (CST). Limited slots are available for virtual log in. We encourage groups and classes to request a single log in to maximize the number of virtual audience members we can accommodate. The Robert R. Muntz Library at The University of Texas at Tyler will be hosting a real-time virtual viewing of the symposium (limited seating).
    October 1, 2015
    Fitchburg State University and Virtual
    Fitchburg, MA 01420
    Elise Takehana or Anna Consalvo
    etakehan@fitchburgstate.edu virtual: aconsalvo@uttyler.edu


  • Baltimore
    The Freedom To Read
    In conjunction with the Enoch Pratt Free Library and Banned Books Week (September 27–October 3), join us for a talk on the power of words and art. Chief Curator Rob Mintz will speak about the issues of censorship raised in Liu Dan’s painting The Dictionary (1991), currently on view. Dr. Mintz will be joined by Ellen Riordan, the Pratt's Chief of Planning, Programming and Partnerships, to discuss recent examples of the most frequently banned books, a few of which will be on view next to The Dictionary.
    Thursday, October 1
    The Walters Art Museum
    600 North Charles Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201
    Hannah Burstein

  • Germantown
    The Hunger Games Read-Out
    Students, staff, and faculty will take turns reading The Hunger Games aloud to celebrate Banned Books Week and protest censorship!
    Wednesday, September 30
    Montgomery College
    Miriam Laufer


  • Portland
    Celebrate the Freedom to Read
    We will display an array of the newest, most popular banned books in our front window, complete with the crime scene tape and posters. If people are unaware of how easily a great book can be placed on the banned list, they may be shocked to see their favorites on our display shelves.
    Sept 27 - Oct 3, 2015
    Letterpress Books
    91 Auburn St., Suite K
    Portland, ME 04103
    Karen Bakshoian


  • East Lansing
    Banned Books Read Out
    Celebrate our freedom to read and help draw attention to issues surrounding censorship. Come read short passages from your favorite banned book into a microphone on the Main Library's patio. A selection of frequently banned books will also be available for reading.
    Tuesday, September 29, 2015
    Michigan State University Main Library
    366 W. Circle Dr.
    East Lansing, MI 48824
    Holly Flynn

  • East Lansing
    Censorship & Citizenship: "Precious Knowledge"
    Join us to watch and discuss the film Precious Knowledge. Michigan State University professors Tamara Butler (English, African American and African Studies) and Delia Fernandez (History) will be leading the discussion. Synposis: At Tucson High School, ethnic studies programs have improved graduation rates among Latino students. But some state politicians think ethnic studies promote “racial solidarity” and anti-Americanism. When books are banned and the programs eliminated, teachers and students fight back in a modern civil rights struggle.
    10/01/2015 - 6:30pm
    East Lansing Public Library
    960 Abbot Road
    East Lansing, MI 48824
    Tamara Butler

  • Marquette
    Banned Books for Young Readers
    For Banned Books Week 2015, we decided to cater especially to young readers. We figure schools and school libraries are the most frequent sites of literary censorship, and we wanted to demonstrate how some of the most popular books for young readers (and some of the most benign) have been banned or challenged. Also, we know that the more provocative the topic, the more young people are likely to read until the end and to think about it after the last page. Celebrating the right to read means defending the rights of young people to pursue the literature they want. Tomorrow's adults shouldn't be afraid of words on pages.
    Snowbound Books
    118 N. Third St.
    Marquette, MI 49855
    Dana Schulz/Dianne Patrick

  • North Muskegon
    Concerned community members will exercise our right to intellectual freedom by reading aloud from books that are banned or challenged in libraries and school districts across the nation. Show your support by coming to listen; you might be surprised and possibly outraged that your favorites might be one of the books under assault! Refreshments will be served.
    Muskegon Area District Library - North Muskegon Branch
    1522 Ruddiman Drive
    North Muskegon, MI 49445


  • Alexandria
    Banned Books Week
    We have a Banned Books week display and are highlighting the vast number of "banned" and challenged books throughout the store. We support people being able to buy any book they would like to read, without fear of judgment or ridicule. Each book has value and the reader determines that value for himself.
    Cherry Street Books
    503 Broadway
    Alexandria, MN 56308
    Kathleen, Christine, Lee, Jami, Mike

  • St. Paul
    Read Out
    St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota will host the event “Read Out” as part of Banned Books Week. Considered a Read-Off Against Censorship, the occasion will allow students, alumnae, and school staff to read some of their favorite passages from books that have been banned. The event will kick off at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, September 30th in The Pulse, located just inside the school’s student center.
    St. Catherine University
    2004 Randolph Ave.
    St. Paul, MN 55105
    Jared Townsend


  • Hillsboro
    Intellectual Freedom Talk: Pam Klipsch -Banned Books Week
    Celebrate Banned Books Week- Join us for a talk about Banned Books and Intellectual Freedom, featuring librarian Pam Klipsch. Pam Klipsch, Recipient of the 2015 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award, Member of the Intellectual Freedom Committee of the American Library Association (ALA), and Director of the Jefferson County Public Library (www.jeffco.edu/library-facebook https://www.facebook.com/JCLibrary- Twitter- @Jeffco_Library)
    Tuesday October 6, 2015
    Jefferson College Library
    1000 Viking Drive
    Hillsboro, MO 63050
    Joe Kohlburn

  • Maplewood
    Banned Books Video and Readout
    Come and read from your favourite banned book, listen to others reading, or drop by to celebrate your freedom to read! We're recording readings from 12pm-4pm, and later in the evening from 7:30pm-10:00pm - BYOB!
    The Book House
    7352 Manchester Rd.
    Maplewood, MO 63143
    Michelle Barron/Dave Simmons


  • Bozeman
    Bozeman Reads ... Banned Books
    This event features local (Bozeman and Montana) authors reading from banned and challenged young adult books. Bozeman Reads ... Banned Books is sponsored by the Montana State University Library, the Bozeman Public Library, and the Country Bookshelf (a local, independent bookstore).
    October 1, 2015
    Bozeman Public Library
    Bozeman, MT 59715
    Sheila Bonnand


  • Raleigh
    Banned Books Week 2015
    Quail Ridge Books & Music devoted its front window to Banned Books week. Our Teen Advisory Board created the display, focusing on YA banned books.
    9/27 - 10/3
    Quail Ridge Books & Music
    3522 Wade Ave
    Raleigh, NC 27607
    Sarah Goddin

  • Winston Salem
    Banned Books Week - Challenge Censorship
    Atkins A&T High School
    Corinne Jenkins

  • Winston Salem,
    Banned Book Read-a-thon
    The campus community is invited to read from, share and discuss their thoughts on a favorite banned and/or challenged book from 11 am - 2 pm under the breezeway.
    Winston Salem State University
    601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
    Winston Salem,, NC 27110
    Janet Malliett


  • South Sioux City
    Banned Books Poster Display
    Northeast Community College students will display posters explaining a banned book. Patrons can view the posters from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. September 28 and 29. Students will be available for questions Monday, September 28, from 2:35-3:50 and September 29 from 11-12:15.
    Sept. 28-Sept. 29
    College Center
    1001 College Way
    South Sioux City, NE 68776
    Renee Krusemark
    402 241-6604


  • Haddonfield
    Banned Book Week Quiz
    Test your knowledge of banned books and why they were banned/challenged in our unique window display quiz. Turn in completed quizzes to enter drawings for banned books, gift certificates and other fun stuff!
    Inkwood Books
    31 Kings Highway East
    Haddonfield, NJ 08033
    Julie Beddingfield

  • Sparta
    Banned Books Week
    Week of September 28th
    Sparta Books
    29 Theatre Center
    Sparta, NJ 07871
    Donna Fell


  • Rio Rancho
    Celebrate Banned Books with Harry Potter
    Loma Colorado Main Library
    755 Loma Colorado Dr
    Rio Rancho, NM 87124
    Jenna Wells
    1-505-891-5013 x3033


  • Carson City
    Carson City Library Virtual Read-Out
    Carson City Library will host a “Virtual Read-Out” during Banned Books Week, bringing together our community in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. Carson City Library’s “Virtual Read-Out” will take place on three separate days: Sunday, September 27, 2 pm-4 pm; Monday, September 28, 11 am-1 pm; and a special read-out on Tuesday, September 29, from 6 pm to 8 pm, with bestselling author Ellen Hopkins reading from her own challenged books. The community is invited to participate in the virtual read-out by visiting the library during the scheduled events. Participants will select a passage from one of the targeted titles (held in reserve for this occasion) and read aloud from the book. A videographer will record the reading and ultimately the recordings will be uploaded to the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out YouTube channel that has been dedicated to proclaiming the virtues of the freedom to read. The Read-Out will take place in the Library’s Digitorium. Carson City Library has promoted the event with a Public Service Announcement, filmed and produced by Nevada Photo Source. The 55 second PSA features Nevada Supreme Court Justice Nancy Saitta, Superintendent of Public Instruction Dale Erquiaga, and Carson City Sheriff Kenneth Furlong. Justice Saitta read from the Dr. Seuss classic, “Hop on Pop”, while Superintendent Erquiaga read from Jeannette Walls memoir, “The Glass Castle”, and Sheriff Furlong read a passage from “The Working Poor: Invisible in America”, written by Pulitzer Prize winner David K. Shipler. The PSA can be viewed by visiting the Carson City Library Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/CarsonCityLibrary and can also be seen at http://bit.ly/1F5tgNH.
    Sept. 27-29
    Carson City Library
    900 North Roop Street
    Carson City, NV 89701
    Andrea Moore

  • Las Vegas
    Be a Rebel -- Read Banned Books book display
    Get your fREADom on with this month's curated book display! Choose from a selection of challenged books, books about intellectual freedom and teaching, or novels about book challenges.
    UNLV Curriculum Materials Library
    4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
    Las Vegas, NV 89154
    Katherine Keller

  • Las Vegas
    Uncensored Voices: Celebrating Your Freedom to Read
    Fight censorship and celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 27 - October 3. Every year, there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from the shelves of bookstores, libraries, and schools. Join us as Las Vegas Review Journal political columnist Steve Sebelius and a panel of educators and experts discuss the current state of censorship in Nevada. In addition, staged readings of challenged and banned books will be presented. A reception will follow the program. Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the ACLU of Nevada, UNLV Libraries Curriculum Materials Library and Cockroach Theatre.
    Tuesday, September 29 at 7pm
    Clark County Library
    1401 E. Flamingo Rd.
    Las Vegas, NV 89119
    Allison Bowmer

  • Las Vegas
    The 2nd Annual Banned Books Buffet
    In support of the right to choose books freely for ourselves, the UNLV University Libraries are celebrating Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of our right to access books without censorship. This year's observance commemorates the most basic freedom in a democratic society—the freedom to read freely—and encourages us not to take this freedom for granted.
    Lied Library, UNLV
    4505 S. Maryland Parkway
    Las Vegas, NV 89154
    Rosan Mitola


  • Cambridge
    Banned Books Window Display
    Our window display draws attention to censorship and will be on display during Banned Books Week, Sept. 27 - Oct. 3, 2015.
    9/27 - 10/3
    Battenkill Books
    15 E. Main St.
    Cambridge, NY 12816
    Connie Brooks

  • Hamilton
    Banned Books Display
    Colgate Bookstore
    3 Utica Street
    Hamilton, NY 13346
    Lauren Cassulis

  • Highland
    Banned Book Read-Out
    Create a video of you and your peers reading out from your favorite banned books! Post it to youtube to speak out against censorship and encourage others to read banned books
    September 30, 2015
    Highland Public Library
    30 Church St.
    Highland, NY 12528
    Terra Thompson

  • Highland
    Banned Book Week Celebration
    Come to the Library September 27 - October 3 to answer the question: Would you go to jail for your favorite book? Come to the library September 30th from 5-6pm for Banned Book Read-Out to create a video of you and your peers reading out from your favorite banned books! Post it to youtube to speak out against censorship and encourage others to read banned books. Then on October 1st from 5:30pm-6:30pm make a bookmark from banned book cover art to stand up for your first amendment rights.
    October 1, 2015
    Highland Public Library
    30 Church St.
    Highland, NY 12528
    Terra Thompson

  • Manhattan
    Banned Books Week Comics Event: Bad for You: Exposing the War on Fun, plus, Youth & Climate Change issue of World War 3 Illustrated
    Bank Street Book Store acknowledges the importance — and purpose — of Banned Book Week (September 27 to October 3) with a special multimedia slideshow event Tuesday, September 29 at 5:00 p.m. featuring the authors of Bad for You — Exposing the War on Fun: Scott Cunningham and Kevin Pyle. In addition, Scott and Kevin are joined by several of the young authors of the Youth & Climate Change issue of World War 3 Illustrated magazine. SHOULD U.S. COMICS BE BANNED? “SATANIC” HARRY POTTER BOOKS BURNT PLAYGROUNDS POSE THREAT TO CHILDREN TEXT-MAD YOUTH LOSING WRITING ABILITIES CHILD SUSPENDED FOR BRANDISHING CHICKEN SOCIAL WEBSITES HARM CHILDREN’S BRAINS STUDENT ARRESTED FOR “PASSING GAS” AT SCHOOL These are all real headlines screaming about the terrible stuff that’s out there . . . stuff that’s supposed to be BAD FOR YOU. But, honestly–is it? Bad for You asks this question and many more–and not just about the things that modern parents fear like violent video games, social media, and dirty hands. Stuff in this book goes back centuries–all the way to Plato (yeah, that one) and his worries over the new “technology” of his time: the written word Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham cleverly expose the long-standing CAMPAIGN AGAINST FUN for what it really is: a bunch of anxious adults grasping at straws, ignoring scientific data, and blindly yearning for the good old days that never were. Bad for You presents the facts, figures, and a whole lot more–in eye-grabbing graphics–to debunk these myths and give kids the power to prove there’s nothing wrong with having fun . . . or with being young. Also featured, the yound authors of World War 3 Illustrated Issue #46: Youth & Climate Change Edited by Paula Hewitt Amram, Sandy Jimenez, and Hilary Allison, This issue features two overlapping themes: our planet’s growing climate crisis, and how young people are confronting the “climates” they have inherited- social, political, cultural, and especially, environmental. For the first time in this 35-year-old comic book anthology’s history, works written by, drawn by, or with youth are featured, including collaborations between students and teachers, children and parents.
    September 29, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Bank Street Book Store
    2780 Broadway
    Manhattan, NY 10025
    Andrew Laties or Ann Levine
    alaties@bankstreet.edu or alevine@bankstreet.edu

  • New York
    Celebrating Banned Books Week: A Conversation with Banned and Challenged Young Adult Authors
    Join the sponsors of Banned Books Week for an exciting conversation with banned and challenged Young Adult authors, including David Levithan, author of Boy Meets Boy and Two Boys Kissing, Meg Medina, author of Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, which has been banned in some areas due to its title, and Coe Booth, author of Kinda Like Brothers. The discussion will focus on the topic of censorship, each author's experience being banned or challenged, and the importance of free and open access to all books, especially for young adult readers. The conversation will be moderated by David Shipler, author of Freedom of Speech: Mightier Than the Sword.
    September 29, 2015 at 7pm
    Housing Works Bookstore
    126 Crosby Street
    New York, NY 10012
    Molly Rose Quinn

  • New York
    Banned Broadway Event
    Teens from TADA!'s Resident Youth Ensemble explore this country's musicals and plays that have faced controversy for various reasons. The pieces explored include; The Vagina Monologues, Assassins, Torch Song Trilogy, Jesus Christ Superstar, Book of Mormon, God spell, Fun Home and Legally Blonde. These pieces deserve to be heard! Join us, you might be surprised! This workshop is open to audiences free of charge. Recommended for ages 13+
    October 29th and 30th
    15 West 28th Street
    New York, NY 10001
    Kaila Mackenzie

  • South Salem
    Banned Book Art
    We are looking for creative teens to come up with an eye-catching banned book display for Banned Book Week, Septemeber 27- October 3. Think books in jail, under wraps, etc.
    September 23, 2015 @ 4pm
    Lewisboro Library
    15 Main Street
    South Salem, NY 10590
    Dolores Antonetz


  • Cincinnati
    Celebrate Challenged Books @ Your Library
    Blue Ash Library
    4911 Cooper Rd
    Cincinnati, OH 45242
    Sam Bloom


  • Springfield
    Banned Books Read-Out
    To celebrate free speech and honor defenders of First Amendment rights, the Springfield Public Library will support two Banned Books Read-Out events. Admission is free. On Friday, October 2, from noon to 4:00pm, students from the Academy of Arts and Academics will be celebrating Banned Books Week with a read-out of Sherman Alexie's young adult novel "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian" in the Springfield City Hall lobby. On Saturday, October 3, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., hear the Banned Books Read-Out at Springfield Public Library, 225 5th Street, inside Springfield City Hall. The Banned Books Read-Out events will feature community members reading aloud passages from books that have been challenged or banned. Everyone is invited to stop by to listen, borrow targeted books from the library, and pin on free “I Read Banned Books” buttons. Many people are under the impression that attempted censorship is a thing of the past or that “it doesn’t happen here.” In fact, individuals and groups continue to request -- or demand -- that public and school libraries remove or restrict access to particular books, music, films, and other resources. For information about recent censorship attempts in Oregon, visit the ACLU of Oregon website: www.aclu-or.org/bannedbooks or the Oregon State Library’s Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse website: http://www.oregon.gov/OSL/LD/pages/intellectual.aspx
    Springfield Public Library
    225 Fifth Street
    Springfield, OR 97477
    Thea Evenstad


  • Indiana
    Banned Books Week
    IUP is celebrating Banned Books Week 2015 with a series of five events: Book Lovers, On behalf of the English Department, IUP Libraries, and EGO, I’d like to extend an invitation to join us for a weeklong celebration of our freedom to read. In addition to IUP’s annual READ OUT on Wednesday afternoon, we are delighted this year to offer four very special events, each raising new questions about the serious stakes at the heart of censorship challenges to our most beloved books and ideas. Attendance vouchers, Banned Books prizes, and refreshments will be provided at all events. Six O’Clock Series: "Aaron Swartz, Open Access to Information, Copyright Protection, and Cybersecurity in the Digital Age” Monday 9/21 – 6:00 pm @ HUB Ohio Room Should information be freely available to all and not just those wealthy enough to pay for access? Should author’s right to their intellectual property be protected at any cost? Do those administering internet networks have the right to keep them secure? This year, in honor of Banned Books Week and in celebration of open access to information, a panel of IUP professors and Information Technology professionals will discuss the case of Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz in an examination of how the principles of open access, copyright protection and cybersecurity collide in the real world. Roundtable: Theresa McDevitt, Reena Dube, Dighton Fiddner, Dennis Giever, Paul Grieggs, Ken Sherwood. Vouchers and bookmarks available. Sponsored by IUP Libraries and supported by the IUP English Department. EGO Roundtable: “Dystopias and the Fantastic in YA Literature” Monday 9/28 – 4pm @ Leonard Hall 101 English Department Graduate Students take up the fascinating topic of dystopias and alternate worlds: Why do we read science fiction, fantasy, and dystopian literature? A majority of these fictional worlds offer a glimpse of the harshest realities, and yet, readers continue to voraciously read these works. Is there an appealing aspect to the Young Adult genre and the possibility of alternative universes where some of humanities greatest fears and desires are faced? How does the fantastic help us to understand real world issues, such as domestic abuse? These are just a few of the many questions that will be addressed and discussed at the roundtable discussion. Join us as we consider themes of censorship, violence, oppression, human rights, identity, and the role of the fantastic in an array of fantastical works, such as George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games, Kristin Simmons’s Article 5, Dan Wells’s Partials, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series, and Neil Gaiman’s Odd and the Frost Giants and The Graveyard Book. Vouchers, bookmarks, and refreshments available. Roundtable: Meghan M. Hurley, Mary Reading, Lauren Shoemaker, Kait Tonti, Samantha J. Vertosick. Sponsored by the IUP English Department. Film Screening: “Defining a life, Defying Death: The Story of Aaron Swartz the Internet Open Access Warrior” Tuesday 9/29 – 5:00 @ IUP Library Stabley 101 We will be briefly introducing and screening the film The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz. After the film, Dr. Reena Dube (English Department) will lead a discussion with the audience about the social, institutional, and human implications of the Aaron Swartz story, his life and his death, his work as a social justice activist and his fight for open access to information, his fight against the Internet censorship bill SOPA. The Swartz story brings together issues that are of deep significance to all university students involved in study and research within the university. Vouchers, bookmarks, and refreshments available. Sponsored by the IUP English Department. IUP Banned Books READ OUT! Wednesday, 9/30 – 1:00 @ IUP Library across from Java City The English Department, in partnership with IUP Libraries and EGO, will be hosting IUP’s annual READ OUT! We are thrilled that the Driscolls will once again kick off the event with their annual inspired readings, and we invite YOU to sign up to read out from YOUR favorite banned or challenged book. This year’s special focus is Children’s and Young Adult Literature—so you can expect to hear many of your beloved favorites among the varied books that have been suppressed, challenged, or outright banned over the years. EGO Graduate Students will provide passages from which to choose, or we welcome your own offering of a 2-3 minute passage from a favorite that has faced censhorship challenges. Sign up at the event for a reading slot. Lucky prize-winners will go home with book-lover gift-baskets, and refreshments will be served. The setting in the open area across from Java City allows listeners to come and go, so please join us for a few minutes of inspiration as we celebrate our freedom to read. Sponsored by the IUP English Department. (For info, contact Dr. Tanya Heflin at heflin@iup.edu.) English Students Present: "Why Are We So Scared of Adolescence?" Thursday, 10/01 – 1:00 @ Leonard 214 Join Dr. Emily Wender (English Department) and IUP English majors Aileen Weaver, Aubree Furrer, Ashely Smith, and Kelly Davis to discuss representations of adolescence and Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Alexie's novel continues to be the number one challenged book in the United States, so what does it teach us about our society's fears for adolescent readers? And what does it reveal about our discomfort with adolescence overall? Vouchers, bookmarks, and refreshments available. Sponsored by the IUP English Department. Join us to Celebrate our Freedom to Read!
    September 28, 29, 30 and October 1
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    421 N
    Indiana , PA 15701
    Dr. Tanya Heflin

  • West Chester
    Banned Books Week Sept. 27 - Oct. 3, 2015
    Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, 2015
    Chester County Book Company
    967 Paoli Pike, West Goshen Ceneter
    West Chester, PA 19380
    Michael W. Fortney


  • Greenville
    Fiction Addiction Celebrates Banned Books Week on Oct. 3rd
    Celebrate Banned Books Week with Pat Scales, Greenville author and former school librarian, as she discusses her latest book, "Scales on Censorship: Real Life Lessons from School Library Journal," at Fiction Addiction on Oct. 3rd at 3:00 pm. Scales on Censorship: Real Life Lessons from School Library Journal contains Pat R. Scales’ collected columns, all written in response to active book challenges or questions of intellectual freedom and library ethics. These columns have a ripped-from-the-headlines immediacy even as they reflect the core values and policies of librarianship. They are organized by topic, and each is framed with a brief new introductory essay. Scales’ powerful reputation and practical ethically-based solutions have made her a key spokesperson and support for librarians working under a censorship siege. Tickets are $21.15 (admits two and includes one copy of the featured book) or $10 (admits one and includes a $10 book voucher).
    3 p.m., October 3, 2015
    Fiction Addiction
    1175 Woods Crossing Rd. #5
    Greenville, SC 29607
    Jan Carmichael

  • Rock Hill
    Sixth Annual Banned Books Week/Get Your Banned Book Mugshot
    The sixth annual Banned Book reading will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 in G01 Owens Hall on the Winthrop University campus. Additionally, stop by Dacus Library to get your "mug shot" taken with your favorite banned book.
    Oct. 1
    Winthrop University
    Rock Hill, SC 29733
    Robert Prickett


  • Victoria
    Banned Books Read-Out
    The Read-Out will feature faculty and staff from Victoria College and the University of Houston-Victoria reading excerpts from banned and challenged books.
    October 1, 2015
    VC/UHV Library
    2602 N. Ben Jordan
    Victoria, TX 77901
    Amanda Breu


  • Ogden
    Banned Books Reading
    We will be hosting a reading on Historic 25th Street during the monthly Art Stroll. We will be reading from banned books, and the limit is 15 minutes per reader. We will begin at 4pm and end at 9pm on Friday, October 2nd. Bring your favorite banned book and read!
    Historic 25th Street
    25th and Lincoln Ave.
    Ogden, UT 84403
    Kase Johnstun

  • Salt Lake City
    Free the Books! Freedom to Read Open Reading
    Open Reading on Library Plaza: Wednesday, September 30 Copies of some banned & challenged books will be available at the event and in the Marriott Library Browsing Collection display on Levels 1 and 3. Readings will be limited to 3 minutes.Treats will be provided. September 9, 2015 – November 1, 2015 SHHHHHH! Curator: Luise Poulton Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4 Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00–6:00; Saturday, 9:15–6:00 The exhibition is FREE and open to the public. Rare Books presents books, pamphlets, newspapers, and magazines that were banned, forbidden, censored, redacted, expurgated, published anonymously and otherwise attempted to be kept from public consumption. From religious and political writings to science, philosophy and poetry, these pieces of paper were deemed by some too dangerous to exist. On display are first editions of Galileo's Dialogo (1632), Hobbes' Leviathan (1651), Swift's Travels (1726), Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), Salinger's Catcher in the Rye (1951) and others, too hot to handle hot off the press.
    J. Willard Marriott Library Plaza, University of Utah
    295 S 1500 E
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112
    Heidi Brett
    (801) 585-7758


  • Charlottesville
    Banned Books Week Reading
    Help celebrate Banned Books Week, calling attention to books that have been banned, by reading (or listening to) excerpts from famous challenged books, such as The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
    Tuesday, September 29, 2015
    Tin Whistle Irish Pub
    609 E. Market St.
    Charlottesville, VA 22902
    Krista Farrell

  • Lynchburg
    Building on Banned - Silent Art Auction
    Registration is now open to obtain a bidder number for this event! You can register in advance or at the event.
    Thursday, October 1, 2015
    Timbrook Library: Campbell County Public Library System
    21039 Timberlake Rd. Suite F
    Lynchburg , VA 24502
    Dana Bomba

  • Richmond
    Kick off Banned books Week with Steve Sheinkin at 7pm on monday. He's the award-winning author of "Bomb" and many other historical books. His new book, "Most Dangerous," is already longlisted for a national book award! We'll have a special display all week and if you tell us about your favorite banned book, you get an entry in our raffle! Finish the week with our free speech open mic: it's 5-7pm on October 3rd, great for all ages, and completely free of charge.
    bbgb tales for kids
    3003 W Cary St
    Richmond, VA 23221


  • Bellows Falls
    Reading Banned Books
    In cooperation with the Rockingham Free Public Library, Library Patrons will be reading banned books in the window of Village Square Booksellers during the mornings of Banned Book Week.
    Sept 27-Oct 3
    Village Square Booksellers
    32 The Square
    Bellows Falls, VT 05101
    Pat Fowler

  • St. Albans
    An Evening Without: Giving Voice to the Silenced
    The ACLU of Vermont presents An Evening Without: Giving Voice to the Silenced, Thursday, October 1, 7:00 pm, St. Albans Historical Society, 9 Church St., St. Albans. Vermont writers read from works that have been challenged, censored, or banned. This event is held during Banned Books Week (Sept. 27 – Oct. 3) in celebration of the First Amendment. Admission by donation. Featured readers are Dan Close, Robert Cohen, David Dobbs, Robbie Harold, Tammy Flanders Hetrick, Major Jackson, Ashley Wolff. Emcee is ACLU-VT Executive Director Allen Gilbert. Accessible; parking available.
    October 1, 2015
    St. Albans, Vermont
    9 Church St.
    St. Albans, VT 05478
    Andrea Warnke
    802-223-6304 x114


  • Milwaukee
    Freadom: Celebrating Our Right to Read! Presented by the ACLU of Wisconsin, Public House Queer Tuesdays, and Woodland Pattern Books
    Freadom: Celebrating Our Right to Read! Join the ACLU of Wisconsin, Public House Queer Tuesdays, and Woodland Pattern Books to recognize Banned Books Week ~ We'll be reading from Banned Books at the Riverwest Public House, listening to live spoken word from Milwaukee area creatives, playing a wicked game of QueerTuesdayTrivia, & enjoying great music, friends, and fun. Wanna dress up as your favorite banned book character? Go for it! (keep it classy friends, this is a family friendly program) As if that weren't enough to get geeked about, we're very excited to unveil the "censorship-themed" drink special on the menu this year! Thanks to event partners and sponsors: Public House, Woodland Pattern Book Center, Art Night Books and Lost World of Wonders, Milwaukee's largest (and Emilio's fave) comic book store. If you would like to be a sponsor of this event, contact us at liberty@aclu-wi.org. You can also find out about Banned Books Week events happening around the country at www.bannedbooksweek.org/events. If you have an event happening in your Wisconsin community, please submit the information to the national website and we will mention it with other media coverage of the week. Join the discussion about banned books in Wisconsin on the "I Read Banned Books - Wisconsin" Facebook group.
    Tuesday September 29, 2015
    Riverwest Public House
    815 E. Locust Street
    Milwaukee, WI 53202
    Syd Robinson

  • Waunakee
    OUT OF THE FIRE- The Banned Books Monologues
    Forward Theater is thrilled to partner again with the Dane County Public Libraries and Beyond the Page to present a program of monologues celebrating our freedom to read. These monologues explore the topic of banned books and censorship from a variety of viewpoints: from a children's librarian responding to a request for censorship, to a patron requesting a banned book, to a student challenging a book's validity. Performed by local, professional actors and written exclusively for Forward Theater's OUT OF THE FIRE Banned Books Monologue Festival by playwrights from Madison and beyond.
    September 23, 2015 at 7:00pm
    Waunakee Public Library
    710 South St
    Waunakee , WI 53597
    Jayne Rowsam