Celebrating the Freedom to Read: September 25- October 1, 2016

Events

Are you wondering what you should do to celebrate Banned Books Week 2016? 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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AL

  • Montgomery
    Read with Rosa
    Stand Up For Your Right To Read with Rosa Parks. Read your favorite banned book with Rosa anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 26, 2016. Take your picture and post to #BannedBooksWeek.
    Monday, September 26, 2016
    Troy University Rosa Parks Library
    252 Montgomery Street
    Montgomery, AL 36104
    Alyssa Martin
    334-241-9576
    almartin@troy.edu




CO

  • Lakewood
    Banned Books Week Teen Fashion Show
    Calling all designers! Belmar Library is looking for teen fashion designers to participate in a Banned Book Week (BBW) themed fashion show. As far as we're concerned, banned books are always in fashion! To celebrate, we're putting on a fashion show featuring teenage designers who create original wearable pieces inspired by challenged and banned literature. We'll have a runway show, banned book readings, a photo booth and giveaways. Designer Applications due: September 9, 2016. Application: https://goo.gl/forms/GzWH0SxZpJxN7KBJ3
    Friday, September 30th, 2016 6pm-8pm
    Blemar Library, Jefferson County Public Library
    555 S Allison Pkwy
    Lakewood, CO 80226
    Lisa DIbbern
    303-235-5276
    lisa.dibbern@jeffcolibrary.org




FL

  • St. Augustine
    Banned Books Movies
    It’s Banned Books Week and we’re showing film versions of books that have been challenged or banned. Do you dare to watch? All movies begin at 1 p.m. and light refreshments are provided by our Friends of the Library. Here is a list of films we're featuring: "The Da Vinci Code" "A Farewell to Arms" "The Kite Runner" "The Outsiders" "The Great Gatsby"
    Sept. 26, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2016
    Southeast Branch Public Library
    6670 US 1 South
    St. Augustine, FL 32086
    Juli Wald
    904-827-6918
    jwald@sjcfl.us




  • St. Augustine
    Teens Banned Books Club: Looking for Alaska
    Celebrate Banned Books Week with a special teen book club to discuss John Green's controversial Looking for Alaska. Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Friends of the Library.
    September 28, 2016
    Southeast Library of the St. Johns County Public Library System
    6670 US1 South
    St. Augustine, FL 32086
    Alexandra Phillips
    904-827-6900
    aphillips@sjcfl.us




  • St. Augustine
    Kids Banned Books Week Read-In
    Celebrate Banned Books Week by coming in to read a selection from your favorite banned book. We'll have loads of banned and challenged books to choose from. This is a great chance for kids to work on public speaking in a no-pressure environment. Participants will be entered into a drawing for a special Banned Books Week prize.
    September 30, 2016
    Southeast Library of the St. Johns County Public Library System
    6670 US1 South
    St. Augustine, FL 32086
    Alexandra Phillips
    904-827-6900
    aphillips@sjcfl.us




ID

  • Kamiah
    Banned Books Week
    Each year we display books for all ages that have been put on the banned list along with info explaining the history of the need for this event, what the challenges to the book were, etc. Large poster in the window. Sandwich board on the street.
    Sept 26-30
    Kamiah Community Library
    505 Main St
    Kamiah, ID 83536
    April Blankenship
    208-935-0428
    kamiah.library@prld.org




IL

  • Chicago
    "Sixty Million or More" The Sixteenth Annual Toni Morrison Banned Books Week Readout
    Since 2000 Browne Parker Literary Press has sponsored Banned Books Week events focusing on African American Empowerment mainly Toni Morrison centric consiting of readings of The Bluest Eye by Special Guest Speakers and Toni Morrison herself on one occassion. Why change a good thing especially considering the 2016 Banned Books Week will focus on authors of color; also as always our president, Osama Taiym will host this year's motto himself and the official motto will be "Sixty Milllion or More". "Sixty Million or More" will be displayed prominently across the spectrum. 60,000,000 or more is the dedication from Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Beloved, it refers to the African American struggle. We hope to see you there.
    Chicago, Illinois
    Chicago , IL 78251
    Dave Glock
    708-356-7223
    dglock@post.com




KS

  • Lawrence
    Banned Books Trading Cards: The Quest for Diversity
    The Lawrence Public Library is holding an art competition with a diversity focus in honor of Banned Books Week. The library asked artists — of all ages and skill levels — to create trading cards based on their favorite banned and challenged books. The chosen books should offer insight into the lives of marginalized characters or populations. The library publicized the program in early August, and it's hosting an unveiling event on Sept. 23. Learn more about the event: www.lawrence.lib.ks.us/2016/08/banned-book-trading-cards-v-the-quest-for-diversity-2/
    Sept. 23, 2016
    Lawrence, KS
    707 Vermont St.
    Lawrence, KS 66044
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MN

  • Saint Paul
    Banned Books Film Matinee: "Winnie the Pooh" (G) (2011)
    "Winnie-the-Pooh" has faced hard criticism since its publication in 1926. Like "Alice in Wonderland," "Winnie-the-Pooh" has been challenged by religious groups because the animal characters can speak and act on the same level as their human counterpart Christopher Robin.
    Sept. 29, 2016
    Saint Paul Public Library - Riverview Branch
    1 E. George St.
    Saint Paul, MN 55107
    Emily Ganzel
    651-793-1699
    emily.ganzel@ci.stpaul.mn.us




  • Saint Paul
    Banned Book Movie Matinee: "Where the Wild Things Are" (PG) (2009)
    One of the most beloved — and bestselling — children’s books of all time has been challenged a number of times in schools and libraries because of "witchcraft/supernatural elements." 
    Sept. 29, 2016
    Saint Paul Public Library - Rondo Library
    461 N. Dale St.
    Saint Paul, MN 55103
    Emily Ganzel
    651-793-1699
    emily.ganzel@ci.stpaul.mn.us




  • Saint Paul
    Banned Book Movie Matinee: "The Lorax"
    "The Lorax" was banned because it was seen as portraying the foresting industry in an arguably negative way. Some people felt this book was persuading children against the logging industry.
    October 1, 2016 1-3 p.m.
    Metropolitan State University Auditorium
    700 East Seventh St.
    Saint Paul, MN 55106
    Emily Ganzel
    651-793-1699
    emily.ganzel@ci.stpaul.mn.us




  • Saint Paul
    Banned Book Night at the Movies
    In 2001, "The Lord of the Rings" was burned in Alamogordo, NM outside Christ Community Church along with other Tolkien novels for being satanic.
    September 30, 2016 7-10 p.m.
    Metropolitan State University Auditorium
    700 East Seventh St.
    Saint Paul, MN 55106
    Emily Ganzel
    651-793-1699
    emily.ganzel@ci.stpaul.mn.us




  • Saint Paul
    Banned Authors Book Signing
    Noted local authors — including Pete Hautman, Phyllis Root and Marion Dane Bauer — will sign copies of their books that have at one time been challenged or banned. Authors will also answer questions about their experiences with censorship. Their books will be available for purchase.
    Oct. 1, 2016 3-5 p.m.
    Metropolitan State University Auditorium
    700 East Seventh St.
    Saint Paul, MN 55106
    Emily Ganzel
    651-793-1699
    emily.ganzel@ci.stpaul.mn.us




MS

  • University
    Celebrate Your Freedom to Read: Banned Books Week Workshop
    The author of this year's Common Read, Sherman Alexie, is an advocate who celebrates the freedom to read, especially since some of his works have been challenged and banned across the U.S. over the years. In this workshop, we will discuss his works and other books that are frequently challenged in schools and libraries every year. Find out what you can do to prevent book banning.
    9/28/16
    University of Mississippi
    1 Library Loop
    University , MS 38677
    Melissa Dennis
    662-915-5861
    mdennis@olemiss.edu




NJ

  • Collingswood
    Stand Up for Your Right to Read
    On Sept. 29 from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., the Collingswood Public Library will join many libraries across the country in celebrating our First Amendment and our freedom to read without censorship. Celebrate Banned Book Week by visiting the Collingswood Public Library to take part in crafts, raffles and mugshots with your favorite banned book. In addition, the Collingswood Library will be celebrating our intellectual freedom and our right to read and express ideas by holding readings of popular banned books. Come support the library’s effort in providing open access to information while celebrating the freedom to read and express all ideas.
    Sept. 29
    Collingswood Public Library
    771 Haddon Ave.
    Collingswood, NJ 08108
    Ned Wells
    856-858-0649
    wells@collingswoodlib.org




NY

  • Larchmont
    Celebrate Banned Books Week with Catherine Wald: BELOVED by Toni Morrison
    Discussing: BELOVED by Toni Morrison Again and again, this Pulitzer-prize winning novel by perhaps the most influential African-American writer of all time is assigned to high school English students. And again and again, parental complaints are lodged against the book because of its violence, sexual content and discussion of bestiality. Books are available in the library now.
    September 26 at 7:00pm
    Larchmont Public Library
    121 Larchmont Avenue
    Larchmont, NY 10538
    Geoff Colquitt
    914-834-2281
    gcolquitt@wlsmail.org




  • Larchmont
    Celebrate Banned Books Week with Catherine Wald: Discussing THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN by Mark Twain
    Discussing: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN by Mark Twain The first ban of Mark Twain’s American classic in Concord, MA in 1885 called it “trash and suitable only for the slums.” Objections to the book have evolved, but only marginally. Twain’s book is one of the most-challenged of all time and is frequently challenged even today because of its frequent use of the ‘n’ word. Otherwise it is alleged the book is “racially insensitive,” “oppressive,” and “perpetuates racism.” Books are available in the library now.
    September 30 at 2:00pm
    Larchmont Public Library
    121 Larchmont Avenue
    Larchmont, NY 10538
    Geoff Colquitt
    914-834-2281
    gcolquitt@wlsmail.org




OR

  • Portland
    Banned Books: Diversity, Inclusion & Respect
    Why are so many diverse books banned? Every year, the Central Library celebrates Banned Books Week and the freedom to read. Banned Books Week is an opportunity to call attention to the books most frequently targeted for censorship. Increasingly, books by diverse authors or about diverse communities wind up on the list of most challenged titles. Comic book authors M.K. Reed (Americus), Jonathan Hill (Americus), Anina Bennett (Boilerplate), Tristan Tarwater (Hen & Chick) and editor Hannah Means-Shannon (Dark Horse Comics) will discuss this trend and express a vision for how greater inclusion means a stronger future for intellectual freedom. This panel discussion is presented and moderated by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
    Sept. 26, 2016
    Central Library
    801 SW 10th Ave.
    Portland, OR 97205
    Azalea Ebbay
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    azaleae@multco.us




UT

  • Utah Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee
    Be A Hero - Write the Story
    https://www.facebook.com/ulaintellectualfreedomcommittee/photos/a.451080205006040.1073741828.449539771826750/1070682766379111/?type=3 Be a Hero Write the Story Write a story about a hero that defends the freedom to read Win tickets to the Edward Snowden movie in theaters September 2016 email entries to : whuffaker@slcolibrary.org; erin@afcity.net ; olzyza@hotmail.com by September 17
    Utah
    Wanda Huffaker
    801-944-7551
    whuffaker@slcolibrary.org