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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 Book Film Screening: Fahrenheit 451

September 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Coventry Public Library, 1672 Flat River Road
Coventry, RI 02816 United States
Free

A screening of the 2018 HBO original film Fahrenheit 451 based on the classic (and frequently challenged) novel by Ray Bradbury.

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Make Your Own Light-Up Notebook!

September 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
Los Altos Library, 13 S San Antonio Rd
Los Altos, CA 94022 United States
Free

Censorship leaves us in the dark, so we are keeping the light on with our Adult/Teen September craft! In preparation for Banned Books Week we will be making light-up notebooks with LED lights and paper circuits, so you will always have a space for your ideas. This is a part of the Los Altos Library monthly Adult/Teen craft program. All supplies are provided and no registration is necessary. Everyone is welcome!

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Banned Book Discussion at 2nd Bridge Brewing: Fahrenheit 451

September 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
2nd Bridge Brewing, 642 Hilliard Street, Suite 2003
Manchester, CT 06042 United States
Free

Bring a friend & a snack, grab a delicious beer, and chat! Join our Pints & Pages Book Club on Thursday, September 19, 6:00 p.m. at 2nd Bridge Brewing Company to discuss Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury! We’ll discuss this classic in honor of Banned Books Week. Free Banned Books swag, too!

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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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Freedom to Read at the Ellensburg Farmers Market

September 21 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT
Ellensburg Farmers Market, 4th St.
Ellensburg, WA 98926 United States

Freedom to Read September 21, 2019 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Location: Downtown Farmer's Market Cost: Free! Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books week.  Stop by our informational table at the Saturday Farmers Market 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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I Read Banned Books!

September 21 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Creative Light Factory, 20 East Bridge St
Spring City, PA 19475 United States

Join us for readings of banned books to celebrate Banned Books Week. Feel free to prepare a passage from your favorite banned book to read or just come out and listen. This promises to be an inspirational and uplifting afternoon for bibliophiles.

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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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Books on the Chopping Block

September 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CDT
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One event on September 16, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Sulzer Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625 United States
Free

Free dramatic reading 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 - 7:30 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

SFor 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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