Banned Books Week

Celebrating the Freedom to Read: Sept. 21-27, 2014

Events

Are you wondering what you should do to celebrate Banned Books Week 2014? If so, click on your state to check out the events taking place in your area. You should also check out the featured events page for information on the Banned Books Week Twitter Party or other events from the sponsors of Banned Books Week.

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AL

  • Hoover
    The Most Famous Challenged and Banned Books
    Dr. William Hutchings from the UAB Department of English will talk about the most famous banned and challenged books. Then you can check them out from the library!
    Tuesday, 23 September 2014 - 12:00pm
    Hoover Library
    200 Municipal Drive
    Hoover, AL 35216
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Shannon Haddock
    205-444-7820
    shannonh@bham.lib.al.us




CA

  • Oakland
    Precious Knowledge film screening and discussion
    Join us for a screening of the documentary Precious Knowledge: Arizona's battle over Ethnic Studies and a talk with Dr Naomi Helena Quiñonez to celebrate Banned Book Week and Hispanic Heritage Month. "Precious Knowledge illustrates what motivates Tucson High School students and teachers to form the front line of an epic civil rights battle. While 48 percent of Mexican-American students currently drop out of high school, Tucson High's Mexican American Studies Program has become a national model of educational success, with 93 percent of enrolled students gradationg from high school. However, Arizona lawmakers are trying to shut the program down because they believe the students are being indoctrinated with dangerous ideology and embracing destructive ethnic chauvinism." Dr. Quiñonez is a poet, educator, and scholar of Chicana/Latina studies currently on faculty at San Francisco State University. She founded Librotraficante Bay Area which is active in creating awareness about book banning and the importance of ethnic studies in the U.S.A.
    9/23/14
    Cesar E. Chavez Branch of Oakland Public Library
    3301 E. 12th St. Ste. 271
    Oakland, CA 94601
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Susy Moorhead
    510-535-5620
    smoorhead@oaklandlibrary.org




FL

  • Jacksonville
    Censored! Excerpts from Banned Books - A Readers Theater Production
    Come hear Readers Theater cast members give life to the words written by Maya Angelou, Lewis Carroll, Anne Frank, George Orwell, J.K. Rowling, Alice Walker and others. This Before Email production is brought to you by the U.S. Postal Service, Young Minds Building Success Charities and Nokturnal Escape. This program is free and open to the public. Censored! Excerpts from Banned Books is brought to you through the generous support of Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library.
    Saturday, September 27, 2014
    Jacksonville Public Library
    303 Laura St. N.
    Jacksonville, FL 32202
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Lisa Brown Buggs
    904-630-4655
    LBuggs@coj.net




GA

  • Cumming
    Banned Book Week Bookmark Contest
    We host a bookmark contest annually. Students create bookmarks on their computers and submit them. The school votes on the winning bookmark and the winner receives a gift card. In addition, we create a display of books that have been banned in our glass display case in the lobby. Library science students also create posters about Banned Books Week awareness and post them in our school.
    Month of September
    Forsyth Central High School
    520 Tribble Gap Road
    Cumming, GA 30040
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Dawn Hall
    770-887-8151 ext. 110112
    dhall@forsyth.k12.ga.us




IL

  • Chicago
    Banned Books Week Display
    We have had a banned books display for the month of September every year for the last 17 years. The display table we use can easily fit 100 plus titles. We put bookmarks inside of each of them that highlight some of the challenges that each book has undergone, or where and when they were banned. It never fails to provoke discussions with our customers. I consider it our most important annual display. I am also happy to report that it sells the books extremely well. So people are reading challenged or banned books as a result. This summer, I was gratified when an international tourist walked in with a photo of last year's display that someone had snapped and e-mailed to her. She showed it to me and asked for the display. It was the reason she had made us a stop on her visit to Chicago. I had to inform her that, sadly, it was the wrong time of year. I did show her the resource guide from ALA and showed her where to find Banned Books information on their website.
    8/27/14-9/28/14
    after-words bookstore
    23 E. Illinois Street
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Beverly Dvorkin
    312-464-1110
    bdvorkin@aol.com




  • Chillicothe
    Selections from Edgar Lee Master's Spoon River Anthology
    Celebrate Banned Books Week with a dramatic rendering of one of Illinois’ most famous banned titles! Brought to life by Paddy & Jon Lynn, with music by Patti Ecker, people from all walks of life come forward from their graves and share compelling stories of their hopes, tragedies, and joys, not to mention their advice and warnings to those still living. Tickets (free) required – pick up in the library, or call 309-274-2719 by September 17th to reserve. This event is being produced in part by the Illinois Humanities Council’s Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, a program that provides organizations statewide with affordable, entertaining, and thought-provoking humanities events for their communities.
    September 22, 2014 6:30pm
    Chillicothe Public Library
    430 N. Bradley Ave.
    Chillicothe, IL 61523
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Catherine
    309-274-2719
    cbarnett@chillicothepubliclibrary.org




IN

  • New Albany
    Censorship and the First Amendment
    Date and time pending.
    Destinations Booksellers
    604 E Spring St
    New Albany, IN 47150
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Randy Smith
    812-944-5116
    destinationsbooksellers@gmail.com




LA

  • New Orleans
    Andrew Mullins III
    Creating a small display for our lobby for the 3rd year in a row. Our display will focus on several areas and events in comics history, specifically Wertham and the 50s, the Comics Code, graphic novels in schools, and the recent controversy in South Carolina regarding Alison Bechnel and academic freedom. Also, there will be online library guides and reading focused on the history of censorship and comics.
    Howard Tilton Memorial Library- Tulane University
    7001 Freret Street
    New Orleans, LA 70118
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Andrew Mullins
    5048655682
    amullins@tulane.edu




  • New Orleans
    Banned Book Assembly and Display
    Display - more than 230 library books that have been banned or challenged Assembly - Speech 101 students will speak about what banned books are, why the freedom to read is important, and dramatically read excerpts from banned or challenged books.
    Tentative 10-14-2014
    Warren Easton Charter High School Library
    3019 Canal St.
    New Orleans, LA 70119
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Michelle Coates, MLIS
    504-717-5793
    mscoates@cox.net




MI

  • Hartland
    Banned Books Week Read-In
    Join library staff and community for a read-in of the books that have been “banned,” censored, or challenged over the years. Sign up to read for 15 minutes from one of your favorites, or we’ll help you select from a very large list of books! If you would like to read, please contact the Adult Reference department, ext. 104 or drop-in to listen!
    9/27/14
    Cromaine District Library
    3688 N. Hartland Rd
    Hartland , MI 48353
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Jennifer Savage-Dura
    810-632-5200
    jsavage@cromaine.org




MN

  • Winona
    Celebrating the Freedom to Read
    We have a banned books section up year-round but will ramp up during banned books week with a large display and several hundred banned books.
    Paperbacks and Pieces
    429 Mankato Avenue
    Winona, MN 55987
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Shelley Olsen or Krystal Gotz
    507-452-5580
    pbpieces@hbci.com




MO

  • St. Joseph
    Teen Banned Books (excerpt readings)
    Month long activities: Mugshot photo spot Displayed banned books for young adults and kids, with listing on why they were banned and when. Until the 24th, a polling tub for picking a favorite movie inspired by a banned or challenged book. Teen activities on Thursday: 1st week: readings from excepts of banned young adult books 5:30-6:30 story house Sept 4th 2nd week: Discussion on books that were once considered threatening, now part of common curriculum, and why. 5:30-6:30 story house Sept 11th 3rd week: Collage of Censorship: Create book covers for banned books. Using magazines to create a colorful collage. Displayed until end of September. 5:30-6:30 story house Sept 18th 4th week: banned book movie viewing (most popular of the poll) 4p-7p story house Sept 25th (with beverages)
    9/4/2014
    Rolling Hills Consolidated Library, Belt Branch
    1904 N Belt Hwy
    St. Joseph, MO 64506
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Raye Bradford
    816-232-5479
    rbradford@rhcl.org




  • St. Joseph
    Teen Banned Books (banned books turned curriculum)
    Month long activities: Mugshot photo spot Displayed banned books for young adults and kids, with listing on why they were banned and when. Until the 24th, a polling tub for picking a favorite movie inspired by a banned or challenged book. Teen activities on Thursday: 1st week: readings from excepts of banned young adult books 5:30-6:30 story house Sept 4th 2nd week: Discussion on books that were once considered threatening, now part of common curriculum, and why. 5:30-6:30 story house Sept 11th 3rd week: Collage of Censorship: Create book covers for banned books. Using magazines to create a colorful collage. Displayed until end of September. 5:30-6:30 story house Sept 18th 4th week: banned book movie viewing (most popular of the poll) 4p-7p story house Sept 25th (with beverages)
    9/11/2014
    Rolling Hills Consolidated Library, Belt Branch
    1904 N Belt Hwy
    St. Joseph, MO 64506
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Raye Bradford
    816-232-5479
    rbradford@rhcl.org




  • St. Joseph
    Teen Banned Books (censorship collage)
    Month long activities: Mugshot photo spot Displayed banned books for young adults and kids, with listing on why they were banned and when. Until the 24th, a polling tub for picking a favorite movie inspired by a banned or challenged book. Teen activities on Thursday: 1st week: readings from excepts of banned young adult books 5:30-6:30 story house Sept 4th 2nd week: Discussion on books that were once considered threatening, now part of common curriculum, and why. 5:30-6:30 story house Sept 11th 3rd week: Collage of Censorship: Create book covers for banned books. Using magazines to create a colorful collage. Displayed until end of September. 5:30-6:30 story house Sept 18th 4th week: banned book movie viewing (most popular of the poll) 4p-7p story house Sept 25th (with beverages)
    9/18/2014
    Rolling Hills Consolidated Library, Belt Branch
    1904 N Belt Hwy
    St. Joseph, MO 64506
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Raye Bradford
    816-232-5479
    rbradford@rhcl.org




  • St. Joseph
    Teen Banned Books (Banned Book gone movie viewing)
    Month long activities: Mugshot photo spot Displayed banned books for young adults and kids, with listing on why they were banned and when. Until the 24th, a polling tub for picking a favorite movie inspired by a banned or challenged book. Teen activities on Thursday: 1st week: readings from excepts of banned young adult books 5:30-6:30 story house Sept 4th 2nd week: Discussion on books that were once considered threatening, now part of common curriculum, and why. 5:30-6:30 story house Sept 11th 3rd week: Collage of Censorship: Create book covers for banned books. Using magazines to create a colorful collage. Displayed until end of September. 5:30-6:30 story house Sept 18th 4th week: banned book movie viewing (most popular of the poll) 4p-7p story house Sept 25th (with beverages)
    9/25/2014
    Rolling Hills Consolidated Library, Belt Branch
    1904 N Belt Hwy
    St. Joseph, MO 64506
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Raye Bradford
    816-232-5479
    rbradford@rhcl.org




NJ

  • Cherry Hill
    South Jersey Writers' Group Banned Books Week Read Out
    Join us for a Banned Books Week Read Out at the Cherry Hill Public Library! Brought to you by the members of the South Jersey Writers' Group.
    September 27, 2014
    Cherry Hill Public Library
    1100 Kings Highway North
    Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Mieke Zamora-Mackay
    (856) 310-5550
    ait.mzm@gmail.com




  • Newark
    Banned Books: Celebrating the Freedom to Read
    The Humanities Division at Essex County College will be hosting an event, "Banned Books: Celebrating the Freedom to Read" on Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 10:00 - 11:30 am in Smith Hall, 2nd Floor, Zachary A. Yamba Building (Megastructure). Students and faculty are invited to read passages from their favorite banned books, graphic novels, and comic books. All are welcome!
    September 25, 2014
    Essex County College
    303 University Avenue
    Newark, NJ 07102
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Professor Rebecca Williams
    973-877-3470
    wrebecca@essex.edu




NY

  • Sag Harbor
    Banned Books Week Read-Out!
    Come out to Canio's Books in Sag Harbor to celebrate Banned Books Week as we honor and continue the struggle to uphold our First Amendment rights to Freedoms of Speech and Press. Carrying forward the 32-year tradition set in place by the American Library Association and its Office of Intellectual Freedom, the national Read-Out event features readings from, and discussions about, books which have been banned, censored, or challenged by political, religious, and/or various social organizations. I will be organizing and hosting this event, not to mention speaking about Hubert Selby, Jr.'s Last Exit To Brooklyn. Other yet-to-be-determined featured guests will read from additional works which have been at one time or another deemed questionable or unacceptable. A lively group discussion on visceral reactions past and present to such controversial works will follow. Thanks and hope to see you there!
    Saturday, September 27, 2014
    Canio's Books
    290 Main Street
    Sag Harbor, NY 11963
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Christopher Benedict
    516-840-4927
    cwbene@gmail.com




OR

  • Ashland
    Banned Banned Banned
    SHAKESPEARE BOOKS & ANTIQUES Display of banned books turns heads: Windowcase collection offers array of books some people don't want other people to read You might not think a used book store could cause a sensation in this day and age, but Judi Honore, owner of Shakespeare Books & Antiques in downtown Ashland, is doing just that by showcasing — and selling — scores of books that get blacklisted every year. Read more: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20140818/NEWS/140819608
    Month of August and September 2014
    Shakespeare Books & Antiques LLC
    163 E. Main Street
    Ashland, OR 97520
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Judi Honore
    541-488-1190
    judihonore@gmail.com




PA

  • Indiana
    IUP Annual Banned Books Read Out
    Wednesday, September 24th
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Stapleton Library @ IUP Campus
    Indiana, PA 15701
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Dr. Tanya Heflin
    724-357-2261
    heflin@iup.edu




  • Norristown
    The library is planning a display of contested books for people to see and (hopefully) take out. There will also be a list of contested books specifically for teens that are available at the library.
    Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library
    1001 Powell St.
    Norristown, PA 19401
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Elena Villeco
    610-278-5100
    eavilleco@gmail.com




Sh

  • Shanghai, China
    Read Banned and Challenged Books in America and Europe!
    To celebrate the Freedom to Read Week: September 21-27, the Library will host a "drop-in" event where we will feature some of our books that have been banned or challenged in America or Europe. These books include Romeo and Juliet, Wuthering Heights and Harry Potter among others! There will be light refreshment and a librarian to show you how to access the e-book versions as well. All are welcome to stop by!
    Read Banned and Challenged Books in America and Europe!
    Shanghai
    Room 167, Geography Building, New York University Shanghai, 3663 North Zhongshan Road
    Shanghai, China, Sh 20006
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Ray Pun
    917-667-6630
    ray.pun@nyu.edu




TX

  • Boerne
    Captain Underpants Party: A Brief Event for Kids
    In honor of Banned Books Week, we will celebrate one of the most banned series, Captain Underpants, at a party for children featuring wacky games, crafting, and fun foods, PLUS prizes.
    Friday, September 26, 6pm
    Patrick Heath Public Library
    451 North Main St.
    Boerne, TX 78006
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Constance Keremes
    830 249-3053
    keremes@boernelibrary.org




VA

  • Fishersville
    Banned Book Art Show
    Observe Banned Books Week with an exhibit featuring local artists whose work explores the themes of censorship and intellectual freedom. Opening reception at 6 p.m., Wednesday, September 3, 2014.
    September 3 - 30, 2014
    Augusta County Library
    1759 Jefferson Hwy.
    Fishersville, VA 22939
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Rebecca Lamb
    540-885-3961
    rlamb@augustacountylibrary.org




VT

  • Middlebury
    An Evening Without: Giving Voice To The Silenced
    The ACLU of Vermont presents An Evening Without: Giving Voice to the Silenced, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 7:00 pm, Unitarian Church (off Charles Ave.), Middlebury. Vermont writers read from works that have been challenged, censored, or banned. This event is held during Banned Books Week (September 21-27) in celebration of the First Amendment. Admission by donation. Featured readers are Chris Bohjalian, Kathryn Davis, Ron Powers, Tanya Lee Stone, James M. Tabor, Ashley Wolff, Dana Yeaton. Emcee is ACLU-VT Executive Director Allen Gilbert. Parking for those with disabilities available at the church; other parking at nearby high school (watch for signs). For more information, go to www.acluvt.org, or call (802) 223-6304 x114.
    09/23/2014
    Unitarian Church
    2 Duane Court (off Charles Ave.)
    Middlebury, VT 05753
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Andrea Warnke
    (802) 223-6304 x114
    info@acluvt.org




WA

  • Vancouver
    WATCHMEN
    This Banned Books Week, the Uprise Books Project will be hosting a free showing of the film adaptation of WATCHMEN, the critically acclaimed Hugo Award-winning (and at least twice-challenged) graphic novel by Alan Moore. The event will be held at the historic Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington, just outside of Portland, Oregon.
    9/25/14
    Vancouver, Washington
    1011 Main Street
    Vancouver, WA 98660
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Justin Stanley
    360-818-4335
    justin@uprisebooks.org