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Banned Book Display

September 3 - September 28
Suwannee River Regional Library, 1848 Ohio Ave S.
Live Oak, FL 32064 United States
Free

For Banned Books Week, our library set up a Banned Book Display with many popular books that have been challenged and banned over the years. We encourage our patrons to check out these once banned books to honor the fact that we are free to read and write whatever we please.

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Semana dos libros baneados

September 4 - September 30
Biblioteca Pública de Ourense, Rúa do Concello, 11
Ourense, Ourense 32003 Spain
Free

This is the secod year the Ourense's Public Library (Spain) organizes a Banned Books Week display. There will be a selecction of banned books and graphic novels (wrapped with a band which contains the reasons why they were banned) for loan, a banned books quiz and some posters with quotes about the importance of freedom of expression and covers of other banned books. 

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Banning Books: Understanding Without Reading

September 6 - September 29
Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington Street
Buffalo, NY 14203 United States
Free

Banning Books: Understanding without Reading An Exhibition by Matthew Peter Nagowski Opening Reception Friday, September 6th, 5-9pm The Western New York Book Arts Center presents an exhibition by WNY artist Matthew Peter Nagowski, on view September 6 – September 28, 2019. An opening reception to celebrate the exhibition will be held Friday, September 6th from 5-9pm. This event is free and open to the public. Banning Books: Understanding without Reading is an exhibition presenting frequently banned or challenged books through textual analysis and…

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Banned Books Week Display

September 17 - September 29
Winhall Memorial Library, 2 Lower Taylor Hill Road
Bondville, VT 05340 United States

Visit the Winhall Memorial Library's annual Banned Books Display. In addition to books that have been challenged or banned in the past, we also have all eleven of the top books challenged or banned in 2018. Stop by to borrow a banned book!

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A BANNED BOOK AT BEDTIME – MWM Equinox Colloquium – Library Events at The Museum of Witchcraft & Magic

September 21 - September 28
The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, The Harbour
Boscastle, Cornwall PL35 0HD United Kingdom
$25

A BANNED BOOK AT BEDTIME - From The Grimoire To The Bodice Ripper: Discover ancient magical texts subverted as evidence in early witch trials, unpublished transcriptions of conversations with angels, alchemic formulae, works of occult philosophy and novels so racy and depraved they were banned from sale on the Paris Metro: welcome to The Museum of Witchcraft & Magic’s Banned Books Week event for 2019. A full programme of events is on our website. Attend in person: 21st & 22nd September…

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Banned Books Week Display

September 22 - September 28
Coventry Public Library, 1672 Flat River Road
Coventry, RI 02816 United States
Free

Books will be wrapped in brown paper with the reason they have been challenged written on the front so the patrons will have to guess which titles are inside.

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Banned Books Display at San Francisco Public Library Main Children’s Center

September 22 - September 29
San Francisco Public Library Main Children’s Center, 100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, 94102 United States
Free

We are celebrating children's right to read with a display of children's books that have been banned or censored over the years. We will also be highlighting the experiences of real young people who have faced up to the challenge of being denied the right to read and learn.

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Bannaðar bækur

September 22 - September 29
Skólasafn Brekkubæjarskóla Iceland, Vesturgata 120
Akranes, 300 Iceland

Uppstilling á bönnuðum bókum vikuna 22. - 28. september 2019.

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Banned Books Display

September 22 - September 28
University of South Carolina Beaufort, 8 East Campus Drive
Bluffton, SC 29909 United States

At The University of South Carolina Beaufort South Campus library we are putting up a Banned Book Display. All the books on display will depict the reasons why they were banned. The books are available for students to check out.

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Make Banned Art: Banned Books Library Zine

September 22 @ 7:00 pm - September 28 @ 8:00 pm EDT
Columbia Pike Branch Library, 816 South Walter Reed Drive
Arlington, VA 22204 United States
Free

Celebrate your freedom to read with the Library’s first collaborative zine created by You during Banned Books Week. Join us all week at the Columbia Pike Branch Library to be a part of the one-of-a-kind library zine. Add your favorite quote, draw the cover, color or collage about your favorite banned book or banned author. All supplies provided; all ages encouraged! Finished pages will be collected and turned into a one of a kind, community zine distributed for free at…

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Banned Books Week Selfie Station at Springfield City Library

September 23 - September 29
Springfield City Library Central Branch, 220 State Street
Springfield, MA 01103 United States
Free

Get caught reading a banned book! Use our background and props and your own phone to snap a photo of yourself with your favorite book from the lists of Frequently Banned and Challenged Books. Then post it to your social media to let people know you support the right to read freely! If you don't mind us using your photo on our social media, use our hashtag, #SCLReadsFreely, and you could be featured on SCL's Twitter or Facebook! All ages,…

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Banned Books Readathon at Springfield City Library

September 23 - September 29
Springfield City Library Central Branch, 220 State Street
Springfield, MA 01103 United States
Free

We're doing it again! Due to last year's response, Banned Books Week this year will again include our all-ages Readathon! Can you read three banned books of your choice in a week? Sign up for our challenge and tell us what you plan on reading. For each book you finish, you get one entry into a raffle to win some cool prizes! Challenge yourself and bone up on classics old and new. Like Isaac Asimov said, "If a book is…

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Webinar: Three Ways Librarians Can Combat Censorship

September 23 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am PDT

What can librarians and educators do to help combat censorship? For public, school, and academic libraries, censorship is never a simple issue to navigate, especially when it involves parents, a board, or a fellow colleague. This year’s Banned Books Week (September 22-28, 2019) theme is “Censorship leaves us in the dark. Keep the light on.” In a webinar hosted by ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, Index on Censorship magazine, and SAGE Publishing, three librarians, one from each type of library,…

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Banned Books Display

September 23 @ 10:00 am - September 28 @ 3:00 pm EEST
Kretingos r. savivaldybes M. Valanciaus viesoji biblioteka, J.K.Chodkeviciaus g. 1B
Kretinga, Lithuania
Free

Display of different banned or censored books will be displayed in public library lobby in order to introduce readers to freedom to read.

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Banned Books Week: “Cancel Culture: Can Free Speech in Cultural Institutions Survive the Onslaught of Moral Outrage?”

September 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
Harvard Law School WCC 3018, 1585 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

Harvard Law School Library Presents: Banned Books Week Svetlana Mintcheva, Director of Programs at the National Coalition Against Censorship and a literary scholar and public commentator will present a talk on the effects contemporary moral outrage has on the arts and culture. Co-sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library, the ACLU at HLS, the Harvard Law School Rule of Law Society, the Law and Philosophy Society, and the Harvard Federalist Society. A non-pizza lunch will be served.

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Webinar: Banned Books Week Library Livestream — Historical Voices

September 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
Free

Andre R. Frattino (SIMON SAYS) and Sanford Green (BITTER ROOT) in conversation with Dr. Katie Monnin (Author of 8 books on teaching graphic novels, Why so serious? Productions Founder) about banned voices throughout history. Topics covered will also include the use of censorship as a mode of suppression, the erasure of dissenting voices from the historical narrative of our nation and others, and the legacy of those erasures as they affect current events. Brought to you by ALA's Graphic Novel…

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Books on the Chopping Block

September 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT
ALA Headquarters-Chicago, 50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611 United States
Free

Free dramatic readings by City Lit Theater from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom.  The program lasts approximately 50 minutes.

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Browne Parker Literary Press Annual Banned Books Read Out: A Celebration of Toni Morrison

September 23 @ 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT
Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph
Chicago, IL 60601 United States
Free

Annually since 2005, we at Browne Parker Literary Press have hosted a Banned Books Week Event, and many times Toni Morrison took the mainstage to read excerpts from The Bluest Eye, which has been challenged by many school districts and libraries. This year, to honor her legacy and to celebrate banned books, we will hold a read out exclusively featuring the works of Toni Morrison. Many local personalities will read selected excerpts from the works of Toni Morrison with a spotlight…

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Intellectual Freedom Fest

September 23 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm CDT
Marion Carnegie Library, 206 South Market St.
Marion, IL 62959 United States
Free

Learn about intellectual freedoms, banned books week and censorship at this fun festival. Meet local authors, view the banned books week art exhibit, create a “Read Magazine” cover and more! Open to the public.  

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Books on the Chopping Block

September 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm CDT
Bridgeport Library, 3400 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60608 United States
Free

Free dramatic readings by City Lit Theater from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom.  The program lasts approximately 50 minutes.

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8th Annual Banned Books Week Read-Aloud Read-a-Thon

September 23 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT
San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
Free

Commemorate Banned Books Week, and join San Diego Public Library staff and community readers for the library’s annual Read-Aloud Read-a-thon. A new book and a new reader every 15-30 minutes. All are also invited to Banned Books Live! 2019, an entertaining evening of stage readings from censored books by actors from Write Out Loud, starting at 6:30pm. And while you're here check out the historical banned books displays on the 1st and 2nd floors of the library. Banned Books Week’s objective is to…

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Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark — Keep the Light On: The Suppression of Thoughts, Ideas in Culture, Places, Art, and Children’s Literature

September 23 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm EDT
J. Eugene Smith Library at Eastern Connecticut State University, 83 Windham Street
Willimantic, CT 06226 United States

5-6 Speakers and a panel will talk about censorship in literature, art, media and prisons. This event will take place at Eastern Connecticut State University at the J. Eugene Smith Library in The Paul E.Johnson Community Conference Room

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Banned Books Trivia

September 23 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT
Spectators Bar & Grill, 19 Tai Lane
Bozeman, MT 59715 United States
Free

Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment, is September 22-28, 2019. As part of the week’s activities, ACLU Montana, Bozeman Public Library, Country Bookshelf, and MSU Library partner to host Banned Book Trivia at Spectators Bar and Grill. Mary Ann Hansen of MSU Library will MC the event, and Chrysti the Wordsmith and Bozeman High School English teacher Heidi Robison will co-host. Individuals and teams of up to four…

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Banned Book Read-Out

September 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Suwannee River Regional Library, 1848 Ohio Ave S.
Live Oak, FL 32064 United States

For Banned Books Week, our library will be recognizing books that have been banned or challenged and will be celebrating the freedom to read whatever we choose. John Bell will be reading selections from banned classics such as Black Beauty, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Grapes of Wrath, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and many more!

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Rayceen’s Reading Room

September 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, 20008 United States
Free

Team Rayceen presents Rayceen’s Reading Room Hosted by Rayceen Pendarvis Kickoff event for Banned Books Week Featuring authors, poets, comedians, and more Free and open to the public! Please check @TeamRayceen on social media for announcements about guests and performers. This event will take place in the newly renovated Cleveland Park Library, in the community room, directly across from the main entrance on Connecticut Avenue NW. Doors to the community room will open by 6pm and the program will begin at 7pm. For…

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Banned Books Film: The Giver

September 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT
Caldwell Public Library, 1010 Dearborn Street
Caldwell, ID 83605 United States
Free

In celebration of Banned Books Week, join us for a screening of "The Giver" based on the book by Lois Lowry. Film is Rated PG-13 The Giver: Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) lives in a seemingly idyllic world of conformity and contentment. When he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), an old man who is the sole keeper of the community's memories, Jonas discovers the dangerous truths of his community's secret past. Armed with the power of knowledge, Jonas…

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Banned Books Live! 2019

September 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
Free

During Banned Books Week, join us for an evening of forbidden knowledge in books censored in the US in 2018. Stage actors from Write Out Loud and more will perform live readings from selected books marked with the scarlet letter of censorship.  Join us for an entertaining evening of bacchanal revelry in the written word. Excerpts from the work of Toni Morrison will also be performed. Community readers are invited to read with us at the 8th Annual Banned Books Read-A-Thon earlier in the day.  And while…

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Books on the Chopping Block

September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT
Frankfort Public LIbrary, 21119 S. Pfeiffer Road
Frankfort, IL 60423 United States
Free

Free dramatic readings by City Lit Theater from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom.  The program lasts approximately 50 minutes.

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Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret + Banned Next? Love v. Death, A New Chamber Opera

September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
The Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701 United States
Free

Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret is a celebration of songs and scenes from shows that have been censored or challenged on America’s stages, created to raise awareness around issues of censorship and free expression in the theater. Sponsored by the Dramatists Guild and the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund, performances are taking place across the country during Banned Books Week, September 22-28. This Florida performance is directed by The Studio@620’s Bob Devin Jones and is a 50-minute mix of scenes and songs…

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Banned Together! A Philadelphia Premiere!

September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
Free

Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret is back for its fourth year in a row and appearing for the first time in Philadelphia! The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund (DLDF) created Banned Together as a celebration of songs and scenes from shows that have been censored or challenged on America’s stages, created to raise awareness around issues of censorship and free expression in the theater. The performances will feature selections from Cabaret, Chicago, The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged), An Octoroon and…

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BOSTON: Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret

September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
Central Library in Copely Square, 700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116 United States

The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund, in partnership with PEN America, presents Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret, a celebration of songs and scenes from shows that have been censored or challenged on America’s stages; Banned Together was created to raise awareness around issues of censorship and free expression in the theatre. Previous performances have featured selections from Cabaret, Chicago, Fun Home, Rent, and Angels in America, among other notable works, with contextual commentary by DLDF president John Weidman (Assassins). In 2019, Banned Together will be performed during Banned Books Week, September 22…

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Banned Books Celebration

September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT
Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources, 1410 Chapel Drive
Valparaiso, IN 46383 United States
Free

Join us for an event celebrating banned books it the Christopher Center Community Room on Monday, September 23rd at 7 pm.  There will be readings from banned books, discussions about censorship and privacy, as well as related activities like blackout poetry.  Coffee and cookies will also be provided.  Censorship leaves us in the dark, so keep the the light on!

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Walled In

September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm BST
Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom

Writers consider walls in literature and in our lives. 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, writers consider walls in literature and in our lives. With the resurgence of interest in the boundaries and borders of nations across the world, is the symbol of that wall still potent in 2019? Do walls and censorship go hand-in-hand? And are there places where a wall could mean safety rather than segregation? With David Hare and Ben Okri. Chaired by Samira…

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HOUSTON: Banned Together

September 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm CDT
Alley Theatre’s Hubbard Stage, 615 Texas Avenue
Houston, TX 77002 United States
Free

The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund (“DLDF”) in partnership with PEN America is pleased to present the Fourth annual Banned Together as a part of Banned Books Week (September 22nd-28th), the annual celebration of the freedom to read. Our Houston performance is Monday, September 23, 7:30pm at the Alley Theatre, Hubbard Stage. Banned Together is a celebration of scenes from shows that have been censored or challenged on America’s stages, and was created to raise awareness around issues of censorship and free expression in…

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CHICAGO: Banned Together

September 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm CDT
Congress Lounge, 2nd Floor, Roosevelt University, 430 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
Free

Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret is a celebration of songs and scenes from shows that have been censored or challenged on America’s stages, created to raise awareness around issues of censorship and free expression in the theatre. This is the fourth year that Banned Together will be presented in Chicago. In previous years, Banned Together has been presented in over twenty-five cities across the U.S., and will be presented in multiple cities again this year, as a part of Banned Books Week. The Chicago performance…

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Banned Books Week

September 24 - September 29
Lester Public Library of Vesper, 6550 Virginia St.
Vesper, WI 54489 United States
Free

Fun display of the "banned books" we have in our library and activities for people to do and take part in.

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Banned Book Bingo

September 24 @ 8:00 am - September 28 @ 5:00 pm EDT
Central Fine Arts and International Baccalaureate Magnet High School, 2155 Napier Ave
Macon, GA 31204 United States

September 23 - 27: Banned book display / What Do the Author’s Say About Banned Books? September 24: Banned Books Film: Fahrenheit 451 September 25: Banned Book Bingo September 26: Banned Books Selfie Booth: Get caught reading a banned book in our photo booth and share your selfie to CHS social media page. September 27: Banned Books Film: The Giver

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Censura a impressos no Brasil: da colônia aos dias atuais – Censorship to print in Brazil: From the colony to the present day

September 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm -03
Biblioteca Nacional de Brasília, Setor Cultural Sul, lote 2, Edifício da Biblioteca Nacional
Brasília, Distrito Federal 71015168 Brazil

This lecture will present the multiple facets of censorship of books and periodicals in Brazil, going through all historical periods since the colonization.

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Banned Books Week: “Censorship by Fire; Book Burning as an Act of Cultural Violence”

September 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
Harvard Griswold Hall, 1545 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

Andras Riedlmayer, Bibliographer in Islamic Art and Architecture, Harvard Fine Arts Library and Radu Popa, Assistant Dean for Library Services & Director of the Law Library, NYU will share their stories, from testifying before the ITCY to fleeing communist Romania. Co-sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library, the ACLU at HLS, the Harvard Law School Rule of Law Society, the Law and Philosophy Society, and the International Human Rights Clinic. A non-pizza lunch will be served.

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Webinar: Banned Books Week Library Livestream — Banned People & Post-Colonial Narratives

September 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
Free

Sloane Leong (PRISM STALKER) and Henry Barajas (VOZ DE M.A.Y.O. TATA RAMBO) in conversation with Alea Perez (GNCRT President-Elect) about banned people, the legacy of colonialism in literature and popular culture, and the rise of post-colonial voices as a challenge to systems which under-represent/under-acquire authors/artists of color. Brought to you by ALA's Graphic Novel Comics Round Table and Intellectual Freedom Round Table, and Image Comics. More Banned Books Week GNCRT Livestreams can be found here.

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Books on the Chopping Block

September 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm CDT
Back of the Yards Library, 2111 W. 47th Street
Chicago, IL 60609 United States
Free

Free dramatic readings by City Lit Theater from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom.  The program lasts approximately 50 minutes.

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The Power to Inspire: Comics, Community & The Future of Intellectual Freedom

September 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm CDT
Robert S. Swanson Library & Learning Center, 315 10th Ave E
Menomonie, WI 54751 United States
Free

In the intellectual freedom community, our job is to change the world one mind at a time. With identity censorship rampant and an increasingly polarized social climate, the core value of free speech is now being called into question. During Banned Books Week, CBLDF Executive Director and Banned Books Week Coalition Chair Charles Brownstein draws on his experiences defending comics and graphic novels to reflect on the role of free expression in creating a culture of empathy, respect, curiosity, and…

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Banned Books Read-In at Rock Island Library

September 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm CDT
Rock Island Public Library, 401 19th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201 United States
Free

Annual banned and challenged books "Read-In" presented by the Rock Island Public Library and the Midwest Writing Center.

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Banned Books Week Read Aloud

September 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
Woodford Co. Library, Main Branch, 115 North Main Street
Versailles, KY 40383 United States
Free

(Adults and teens ages 15+) Join us in reading passages and sharing the history from your favorite banned or challenged books.

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Harry Potter Trivia

September 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm PDT
Community Library Network at Post Falls, 821 N Spokane St
Post Falls, ID 83854 United States
Free

Calling all Muggles! Do you know to get to Diagon Alley? What are the seven ingredients needed for Polyjuice Potion? Prove your wizarding world knowledge at Harry Potter Trivia, where teams of up to 4 will compete for glory and prizes. Adults and teens 13+ welcome!

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Webinar: Ask Me Anything About Censorship

September 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CDT

This Banned Books Week, join the conversation about access to information. Launched in 1982, Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read and draws attention to the harms of censorship. During this presentation, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom Assistant Director Kristin Pekoll will explore the history of Banned Books Week and why it’s important today; current censorship trends (it’s not just books that are targeted!); and specific ways readers can stay alert about censorship. Attendees are invited to ask questions…

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Banned Books Week Trivia

September 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT
515 Brewing Company, 7700 University Ave
Clive, IA 50325 United States
$10.00

Join the ACLU of Iowa and the Iowa Library Association in celebrating our First Amendment rights and freedom to information! The questions will include a wide range of topics, but you don't need to be a censorship expert to join and win fun prizes. All proceeds benefit the ACLU of Iowa and the ILA in their work to protect free speech rights and bring raw attention to the harmful effects of censorship. ✔️ Tickets are $10 per person at the…

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Desert Island Books: Banned Books

September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm BST
Redland Library, Whiteladies Road
Bristol, BS8 2PY United Kingdom
£3

The theme of the event is Banned Books and this is defined as books that have been banned, censored or challenged. In Desert Island Books, panel members select one or more books on the event theme plus a ‘wild card’, being a book that they have enjoyed and would recommend to others. The panel comprises: Philip Kent (Director of Library Services & University Librarian, University of Bristol) Professor Madhu Krishnan (Professor of African, World & Comparative Literatures, University of Bristol)…

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BANNED BOOKS WEEK 2019: SALMAN RUSHDIE AND LAILA LALAMI

September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT
All Souls Unitarian Church, 2952 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK 74114 United States

Salman Rushdie returns to Tulsa for a celebration of his new novel, Quichotte, a dazzling Don Quixote for the modern age—a tour de force that is as much an homage to an immortal work of literature as it is to the quest for love and family. PEN America, alongside Magic City Books, is thrilled to commemorate this release right in time for Banned Books Week! Rushdie, a former president of PEN America, will be joined in conversation by Pulitzer Prize finalist and PEN America…

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John Osborne’s Under Plain Cover

September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm BST
Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
£12

A reading and discussion of the 1962 play by John Osborne at the British Library in London, which miraculously avoided a ban at a time when attitudes towards sexual behaviour were just turning. How differently would the play’s themes of privacy and public morality be received today? This is a Banned Books Week event in partnership with the British Library, Booksellers Association, English PEN, Free Word, Hachette UK, Index on Censorship, Islington Council’s Library and Heritage Service, Libraries Connected, The…

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BANNED BOOKS WEEK 2019: LITERATURE LOCKED UP BANNED BOOK READING AND PUBLIC DISCUSSION

September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Scuppernong Books, 304 South Elm Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
Free

Join Scuppernong Books on Tuesday, September 24 to celebrate banned and challenged books from around the world. In honor of Banned Books Week 2019 , the event will feature readings of banned books and involve the Scuppernong’s Young Adult Book Club, as well as the general public, with an educational component around PEN America’s Literature Locked Up campaign and provide an opportunity for participants to sign a petition calling for the right to read in American prisons. This event is…

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Books on the Chopping Block

September 24 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
Mount Prospect Library, 10 S. Emerson St.
Mount Prospect, IL 60056 United States
Free

Free dramatic readings by City Lit Theater from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom.  The program lasts approximately 50 minutes.

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Dear Banned Author Writing Campaign

September 25 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm EDT
Fables Books, 215 S. Main Street
Goshen, IN 46526 United States
Free

Dear Banned Author is a letter-writing campaign hosted by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. We will have a table set up all day where you can write to banned or challenged authors, sharing what their stories meant to you. To learn more about the Dear Banned Author campaign visit www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/dear-banned-author. For more information about Banned Books Week visit bannedbooksweek.org.

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Webinar: Banned Books Week Library Livestream — Banned Books & Civil Rights

September 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
Free

Ronald Wimberly (BLACK HISTORY IN ITS OWN WORDS) and Nate Powell (MARCH) in conversation with Scott Bonner (IFRT, Ferguson Municipal Public Library Director) about banned and challenged books, the role of censorship in civil rights movements, and how their work in comics has addressed legacies of erasure. Brought to you by ALA's Graphic Novel Comics Round Table and Intellectual Freedom Round Table, and Image Comics. More Banned Books Week GNCRT Livestreams can be found here.

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Webinar: Banned Books 101

September 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT

Did you know that hundreds of books are banned and challenged every year? In fact, you probably have some banned books on your own bookshelf! In this Banned Books Week webinar: discover why some popular titles have been banned; learn about the different ways a book can be censored; hear stories about students who stood up for the freedom to read; and find out how YOU can celebrate Banned Books Week At the end of the program, ALA Office for…

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Books on the Chopping Block

September 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm CDT
Hall Branch – Chicago Public Library, 4801 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60615 United States
Free

Free dramatic readings by City Lit Theater from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom.  The program lasts approximately 50 minutes.

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Books on the Chopping Block

September 25 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm CDT
Budlong Woods Branch, 5630 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659 United States
Free

Free dramatic readings by City Lit Theater from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom.  The program lasts approximately 50 minutes.

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Banned Books Bash

September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT
Spider House Ballroom, 2908 Fruth St
Austin, TX 78705 United States
$15

A slightly raucous variety show celebrating the right to read whatever we please! In conjunction with the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week, and presented with PEN America, the Banned Books Bash is a fun, nerdy reminder that books need champions, and libraries feed democracy. Wednesday, September 25, 7:00 PM Spider House Ballroom Hosted by the marvelous Evan Narcisse, writer for Marvel’s Black Panther Series Also Featuring An homage to Toni Morrison with Dr. Jennifer Wilks Drag Queen Storytime with Ms.…

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GEORGIA: Banned Together

September 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
Merely Players Presents, 5797 New Peachtree Road
Doraville, GA 30340 United States
Free

A celebration of songs and scenes from censored plays in honor of Banned Books Week! Performed by Atlanta artists in association with the Atlanta Regional Dramatists Guild, Dramatists Guild Legal Fund and PEN America and brought to you by Merely Players Presents and Kalliope Studios, Doraville. More info

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Write & Shine: Radical & Rebellious Writing Workshop

September 26 @ 9:00 am - 10:45 am BST
The Cafe at Waterstones, 19-20 Tottenham Court Road
London, W1T 1BJ United Kingdom
£19

Write & Shine runs a programme of morning writing events in peaceful London locations. As part of Banned Books Week, we’ll host a session about writing that takes a stand. We’ll create subversive stories, consider rebellious writers & think about books that have changed the way we look at the world. RADICAL & REBELLIOUS Workshop, £19 - part of Banned Books Week 9am-10.45am, 26 September The Café at Waterstones, Tottenham Court Road

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Banned Books Week: “American Slavery / American Censorship”

September 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
Harvard Law School WCC B015, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

Professor Randall L. Kennedy of HLS weaves a story of the fight against slavery and the censoring of David Walker’s 1822 tract Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World. Co-sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library, the American Constitution Society, the ACLU at HLS, the Harvard Law School Rule of Law Society, and the Law and Philosophy Society. A non-pizza lunch will be served.

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Webinar: Banned Books Week Library Livestream — LGBTQ Challenges

September 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
Free

Michelle Perez (THE PERVERT) and Grace Ellis (MOONSTRUCK) in conversation with Moni Barrette (GNCRT Board, Chula Vista Public Library Principal Librarian) about the disproportionately high incidence of bans and challenges levied against LGBTQ+ books in libraries and schools. This discussion will also touch on the recent increase in challenges and cancellations of Drag Storytimes in libraries across the nation. Brought to you by ALA's Graphic Novel Comics Round Table and Intellectual Freedom Round Table, and Image Comics. More Banned Books…

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Books on the Chopping Block

September 26 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm CDT
Edgewater Branch, 6000 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60660 United States
Free

Free dramatic readings by City Lit Theater from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom.  The program lasts approximately 50 minutes.

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Books on the Chopping Block

September 26 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm CDT
Lincoln-Belmont Branch, 1639 W. Melrose St.
Chicago, IL 60657 United States
Free

Free dramatic readings by City Lit Theater from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom.  The program lasts approximately 50 minutes.

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San Diego Writers, Ink Presents a Very Special Banned Books Reading

September 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT
Lestat’s West, 3343 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116 United States
$5.00

San Diego Writers, Ink Presents a Very Special Banned Books Reading Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019 Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Location: Lestat’s West – 3343 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116 Join us as we celebrate the freedom to read. In honor of the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week, San Diego Writers, Ink is planning a very special Banned Books Reading on September 26, 2019, at Lestat’s West at 3343 Adams Avenue in San Diego's Normal Heights…

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Banned Books Week Celebration at Hooray For Books!

September 26 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
Hooray For Books!, 1555 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314 United States
Free

Every year, we're excited to join book lovers from across Virginia to celebrate the freedom to read and call attention to the wealth of creativity that is stifled when books are forbidden from library shelves. This year's Banned Books Week is from Sept. 22 - Sept. 28, but the fight for intellectual freedom takes place every day in every county in Virginia. That's why we're joining hands with independent bookstores across the Commonwealth to celebrate Banned Books Week and shine…

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CAMPUS AT A CROSSROADS: FREE SPEECH, TRUTH, AND DEMOCRACY IN AN ELECTION YEAR

September 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
NYU Cantor Film Center, 36 E 8th St.
New York, NY 10003 United States

With the 2020 election season picking up steam, debates over free speech, truth, and the university are of increasing relevance to the health of American democracy. But in an era of deepening polarization, many see these issues through partisan eyes, shouting into fractured echo chambers. Campuses seem to be at a cross-roads—can they restore a common understanding of facts, and of the rules of engagement and disagreement? Or are they in danger of buckling under the weight of our current…

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September Book Club Discussion: Brave New World

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Fables Books, 215 S. Main Street
Goshen, IN 46526 United States
$5.00

Join us on Thursday, September 28th at 7 pm for our September Book Club Discussion Night. This event takes place during Banned Book Week an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. We will discuss Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. $5 for the event, snack provided. Banned in Ireland when it first appeared in 1932, and removed from shelves and objected to ever since, Brave New World is still making waves today. Readers protest this dystopian novel's sexually explicit…

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Teen Movie: To Kill a Mockingbird

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm CDT
Castroville Public Library, 802 London St
Castroville, TX 78009 United States
Free

In celebration of Banned Books Week, join us at the Castroville Library for a showing of To Kill a Mockingbird! Please bring blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy the show. Refreshments will be provided while supplies last.

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Truly Uncensored? LGBTQ+ Young Adult Literature

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm BST
Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
£12

The UK has no official censorship – but does that fact make us too complacent? As part of Banned Book Week 2019, we explore the challenges facing LGBTQ+ Young Adult literature with Dean Atta, Fen Coles and Robin Stevens, chaired by Erica Gillingham. What are the invisible barriers to expression and publication? And how do editors, publishers, teachers, librarians, parents or even authors contribute to unofficial censorship around LGBTQ+ issues? Dean Atta was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize for his debut poetry collection, I…

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Banned Books “Read Out” at Central Washington University

September 27 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT
Central Washington University SURC, 400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926 United States
Free

11:00am Freedom to Read SURC September 27, 2019 Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Location: SURC Pit Cost: Free! Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books week.  Join in our Banned Books "read-out" and stop by our table at the SURC Pit to pick up information, bookmarks and buttons, provided by Brooks Library. • Where to go for more information: http://www.lib.cwu.edu/events-calendar • Sponsor/contact information: Maureen Rust / mrust@cwu.edu

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Webinar: Addressing Identity Censorship

September 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

Identity censorship is the most frequent form of intellectual freedom challenge in today’s environment.  From moral panic about Drag Queen Story Hour to frequent challenges to LGBTQ+ comics, books, and authors, this disturbing trend is gaining traction. CBLDF engages a panel of experts to help you identify and intelligently address this growing problem.  In the past year, CBLDF has participated in defending challenges and bans of books solely because they contain LGBTQ+ characters, curriculum rejected because it focused on LGBTQ+ titles, and community programs canceled…

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Webinar: Banned Books Week Library Livestream — Access Issues: Privatization & Gatekeeping

September 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
Free

David F. Walker (BITTER ROOT) in conversation with Ray James (IFRT Coalition Building Committee) about how privatization impacts access, particularly as it relates to prison libraries, as (most) US prisons are privatized and how this impacts inmate access to information. This discussion will also touch on how gatekeeping and biases (of librarians, prison staff, the public) affect access for this vulnerable population. Brought to you by ALA's Graphic Novel Comics Round Table and Intellectual Freedom Round Table, and Image Comics.…

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Books on the Chopping Block

September 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT
DePaul University Library, 2350 N. Kenmore Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614 United States
Free

Free dramatic readings by City Lit Theater from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom.  The program lasts approximately 50 minutes.

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Shirt and Patch Screenprinting

September 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St.
Asheville, NC 28801 United States

Come screenprint your own tee or patch to spotlight Banned Books Week! We'll have fabric for patches, but BYOT (bring your own tee)! Ages 11+

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Freedom to Read Week: Banned Books Jeopardy

September 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
Scaleybark Branch, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, 101 Scaleybark Road
Charlotte, NC 28209 United States
Free

Come and join us for an evening of trivia, as we celebrate Freedom to Read Week! Test your knowledge of the most frequently challenged books. Then decorate a tote bag with your favorite quote from a banned book. Support Freedom of Expression and fashionably rock your reading uncensored!

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BANNED BOOKS COSPLAY and READ OUT

September 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm MDT
Mancos Public Library, 211 West First Street
Mancos, CO 81328 United States
Free

Get creative and join us at the Mancos Public Library for a Banned Books Cosplay Event! Dress up as your favorite character from a banned or challenged book! Read aloud from your favorite banned or challenged book! Discuss your personal feelings about the books you read and why you feel it is important to be heard!

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First Amendment Trivial Pursuit

September 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
Kurt Vonnegut Museum, 543 Indiana Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46202 United States

Win prizes by showing your freedom of speech and banned book knowledge at Trivia Night with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)!

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Banned Books Reading 2019 – Phoenix

September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT
The Alwun House, 1204 East Roosevelt Street
Phoenix, AZ 85006 United States
$10

The Arizona LGBT+ History Project will be hosting it’s 2nd annual Banned Books Reading on Friday, September 27, at the Alwun House 1204 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85006 This will be a very special Adult story time that focuses on the problem of book censorship, in conjunction with events like this happening across the country. Come participate in an evening of laughter while exercising our right of liberty and emancipation! Join us as a wide variety of readings from…

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DALLAS: Banned Together

September 27 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm CDT
Bishop Arts Theatre Center, 215 S Tyler St
Dallas, TX 75208 United States
Free

Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret is a celebration of songs and scenes from shows that have been censored or challenged on America’s stages, created to raise awareness around issues of censorship and free expression in the theatre. The Dallas regional production will feature selections from Cabaret, Chicago, and Angels in America, among other notable works, with a libretto by DLDF president John Weidman (Assassins) and J.T. Rogers (Oslo, Blood and Gifts). Banned Together, which takes place annually during PEN America’s Banned Books Week, is…

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Banned Books Story Hour 2019

September 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am MST
Bookmans Mesa, 1056 South Country Club Drive
Mesa, AZ 85210 United States
Free

Something banned this way comes! Join Drag Story Hour- Arizona at Bookmans Mesa for a story hour hosted by Felicia Minor and Freddy Prinze Charming. Let's love all banned books and celebrate the growth of Drag Queen Story Hours in the face of challenge.

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Books on the Chopping Block

September 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
Bezazian Branch, 1226 W. Ainslie St.
Chicago, IL 60640 United States
Free

Free dramatic readings by City Lit Theater from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom.  The program lasts approximately 50 minutes.

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Celebrate fREADdom

September 28 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Woodford Co. Library, Main Branch, 115 North Main Street
Versailles, KY 40383 United States
Free

12:00 - 3:00 p.m. (Adults and teens) Drop in for our Banned Book Week finale to learn more about the history of literary censorship, banned books-themed trivia, a "mugshot" photo booth, book-inspired refreshments and more!

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1984 at 70: How Has Orwell’s Vision Aged?

September 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm BST
Wigtown Book Festival, 11 North Main Street
Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland DG8 9HN United Kingdom
£8

It is 70 years since George Orwell published 1984. So how do our political and personal landscapes today compare to Orwell’s dystopia? And can the book shed light on today’s data-driven security and surveillance society? Our panel: Dorian Lynskey, author of The Ministry of Truth, an acclaimed new biography of 1984; award-winning foreign affairs writer David Pratt; and Julia Farrington of Index on Censorship. Chaired by Magnus Linklater. This is a Banned Books Week event in partnership with the British…

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Forbidden Tales: Censorship and Society

September 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021 United States
Free
Through Fire (Books that Survived the Anti-Japanese War of Resistance at Tsinghua University No.2), 2017. Oil on canvas. H. 48 x W. 74 in. (122 x 188 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Chambers Fine Art. Photograph courtesy of the artist

Image credit: Through Fire (Books that Survived the Anti-Japanese War of Resistance at Tsinghua University No.2), 2017. Oil on canvas. H. 48 x W. 74 in. (122 x 188 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Chambers Fine Art. Photograph courtesy of the artist.   Xiaoze Xie will discuss his research into the history of censorship in China that inspired the current exhibition Xiaoze Xie: Objects of Evidence. The artist will be joined by noted experts on the subject of censorship Martin Heijdra,…

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Banned Books for Incarcerated Readers Drive

September 28 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Firestorm Books & Coffee, 610 Haywood Road
Asheville, NC 28806 United States

Firestorm Books & Coffee is partnering with Asheville Prison Books (APB) to celebrate Banned Books Week with a book drive for incarcerated readers. Drop by the co-operative on Saturday afternoon and buy a banned or challenged book to donate to APB and Firestorm will match your gift with a second donated book!

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CRNI and the Current Free-Speech Situation Facing the World

September 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Library (Auditorium), 96 South Grant Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215 United States

Over the years CRNI has become a fixture at the annual conventions of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC), which this year takes place as part of the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus Festival (CXC). We are enormously grateful to the organizers from both events for an opportunity to highlight issues facing cartoonists around the world with a panel discussion open to the public at: Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Main Auditorium, 96 S Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215 13.00-13.50, Saturday September 28th 2019 Our panelists…

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Banned Book Fest

September 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm CDT
Fairview Park Public Library, 21255 Lorain Road
Fairview Park, OH 44126 United States
Banned Book Fest

Come celebrate Banned Book Week with us through a board game, edible banned book contest, and related crafts.

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Drag Queen Story Hour Celebrates Banned Books Week

September 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
St John’s Lutheran Church, 155 Milton St
Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY 11222 United States
$5

Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores. DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.

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Banned Books Week x Drag Queen Story Hour in San Francisco!

September 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
The Bindery, 1727 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
Free

What better way to celebrate Banned Books Week than with Drag Queen Story Hour! The Banned Books Week Coalition presents this special event on September 28 at The Bindery (1727 Haight Street, San Francisco), The Booksmith’s multi-purpose events space. Join some of San Francisco’s most glamorous drag queens as they read challenged and banned picture books to entertain children of all ages! Doors will open at 2:00 p.m., with the reading to start at 2:30 p.m. The event is free…

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BANNED BOOKS WEEK 2019: BANNED BOOKS WEEK(END) AT DEEP VELLUM

September 28 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm CDT
Deep Vellum Books, 3000 Commerce Street
Dallas, TX 75226 United States
Free

Join Deep Vellum Publishing and Books on Saturday, September 28 to celebrate banned and challenged books from around the world. This event will feature literary karaoke of banned titles, including The Poetry Project’s BREAK OUT reading by an incarcerated writer, a screening of Phoneme Media’s short film Kilómetro Cero about the persecuted Equitorial Guinean writer Marcelo Ensemo Nsang, literary crafts, and a giveaway featuring challenged books from Deep Vellum and Phoneme’s catalog. Titles include The Conspiracy by Israel Centeno (Venezuela), An Eternity in Tangiers by Eyoum…

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Banned Books Week Celebration at One More Page Books

September 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
One More Page Books, 2200 N Westmoreland St
Arlington, VA 22213 United States
Free

Every year, we're excited to join book lovers from across Virginia to celebrate the freedom to read and call attention to the wealth of creativity that is stifled when books are forbidden from library shelves. This year's Banned Books Week is from Sept. 22 - Sept. 28, but the fight for intellectual freedom takes place every day in every county in Virgina. To keep up the spirit of Banned Books Week, join us at One More Page Books on Saturday, Sept. 28…

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BANNED BOOKS WEEK 2019: BANNED BOOKS WEEK OPEN MIC

September 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm MDT
BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212 United States
Free

Join BookBar on Saturday, September 28 to celebrate banned and challenged books from around the world. In honor of Banned Books Week 2019, the event will feature an open mic for readings of banned books. Bring your favorite banned book or pick one up and read a 2-3 minute passage! This event is free and open to the public.

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Banned Books Week Celebration at AFK Books & Records

September 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
AFK Books & Records, 4801 Shore Dr, Suite D
Virginia Beach, VA 23455 United States
Free

Every year, we're excited to join book lovers from across Virginia to celebrate the freedom to read and call attention to the wealth of creativity that is stifled when books are forbidden from library shelves. This year's Banned Books Week is from Sept. 22 - Sept. 28, but the fight for intellectual freedom takes place every day in every county in Virginia. That's why we're joining hands with independent bookstores across the Commonwealth to celebrate Banned Books Week and shine…

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Banned Books Week Trivia at Springfield City Library

September 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
Springfield City Library Central Branch, 220 State Street
Springfield, MA 01103 United States
Free

Think you know your rabble-rousing books and authors? Show us! Stop in for a few rounds of Banned Book Trivia, and see if you can name titles, authors, and facts about the ways in which they were challenged for removal from public spaces. Compete solo or in teams of up to four; you'll be given lists of frequently banned titles, but cellphone "research" is a no-no! There'll be prizes, snacks, and of course, the most important thing...bragging rights! Ages 14-Adult,…

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TENNESSEE: Banned Together

September 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CDT
Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209 United States
Free

The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund, in partnership with PEN America, is proud to present the Tennessee production of "Banned Together." Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret is a celebration of songs and scenes from shows that have been censored or challenged on America’s stages, created to raise awareness around issues of censorship and free expression in the theatre. The Nashville regional production will feature selections from Cabaret, Chicago, and Angels in America, among other notable works, with a libretto by DLDF president John Weidman (Assassins)…

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More Speech Panel Discussion

October 1 @ 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm CDT
Harold Washington Library, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60605 United States

For more than 200 years, the First Amendment has impacted art and civic life through freedom of expression. Political cartoons, controversial speech, the culture wars, and images posted on social media platforms are just some of the kinds of expression that have challenged—or been challenged by—First Amendment freedoms. But what speech gets protected in the United States, and who gets to speak? Why do we restrict speech in some places more than others? What challenges do libraries face in being…

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Burning Harry Potter and Other Ways of Misreading Fantasy

October 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm PDT
Community Library Network at Post Falls, 821 N Spokane St
Post Falls, ID 83854 United States
Free

What is fantasy literature about, and why is it a major misreading to burn copies of Harry Potter? This presentation looks at the way fantasy draws on traditions of myth and magic to create modern metaphors. Brian Attebery, author of two books on fantasy, discusses some of the reasons fantasy appeals to many children and increasing numbers of adults, and some of the reasons a few people are puzzled or disturbed by it. Professor Attebery spent the first half of…

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