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Banned Books Week in Duncans Mills, California

Poet's Corner Book Shop Duncans Mills Village 25195 B Street, Duncans Mills, CA

Banned Books Week launches in Duncans Mills at Poet's Corner Book Shop on Thursday, September 15th. Live music, author readings, and more. Third Thursday in Duncans Mills honors Banned Books Week.

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ALABAMA STORY at Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest St., Roswell, GA

It's a play about books, censorship, home, the past, and the future. And above all, it's a play about stories. As the Civil Rights movement is flowering, a simple children’s picture book about a black rabbit marrying a white rabbit stirs the passions of a segregationist State Senator and a no-nonsense State Librarian in 1959 ... Read More

$15 – $55

Banned Books Trading Cards Artist Reception + Exhibit Launch

Chapel Hill Public Library 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC

Join us as we reveal the winning Banned Books Trading Cards. Mingle with the winning artists, take home your own set of cards, and celebrate the opening of the Banned Books Week exhibit in the library's lobby on Friday, Sept. 16. You can enjoy a beverage and snack on treats while viewing all 74 wonderful ... Read More

Banned Books & Forbidden Beverages

Adventure Ink 108 E. Main St, Milan, MI

Join us for a night of banned books and forbidden beverages! In celebration of the upcoming Banned Books Week, we will be hosting a 21+ event that will begin with an exclusive cocktail hour at the super secret speakeasy “The 9,” located at the Owl Morning ‘Til Night. Local Cocktail Historian and owner of Liquor ... Read More

$35
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ALABAMA STORY at Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest St., Roswell, GA

It's a play about books, censorship, home, the past, and the future. And above all, it's a play about stories. As the Civil Rights movement is flowering, a simple children’s picture book about a black rabbit marrying a white rabbit stirs the passions of a segregationist State Senator and a no-nonsense State Librarian in 1959 ... Read More

$15 – $55
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ALABAMA STORY at Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest St., Roswell, GA

It's a play about books, censorship, home, the past, and the future. And above all, it's a play about stories. As the Civil Rights movement is flowering, a simple children’s picture book about a black rabbit marrying a white rabbit stirs the passions of a segregationist State Senator and a no-nonsense State Librarian in 1959 ... Read More

$15 – $55

Banned Books Week with Redux Society

Redux Society 215 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO

Banned Books Week is an annual event that celebrates open access to books in our schools, libraries, and communities. This is Redux Society's first year participating, and we have a full week of Book Bingo, Book Discussions, and more! As an LGBT+, BIPOC, and Woman-owned bookstore, it is more important than ever to raise these ... Read More

Free

Banned Books Week at Little Free Library #33634

1402 Lexington Avenue, Greensboro, NC 1402 Lexington Ave, Greensboro, NC

To celebrate Banned Book Week, every book in the Little Free Library will have been banned or challenged at one time. Each book comes with a bookmark explaining its history.

Banned Books Read-Out

First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City 600 NW 13th St, Oklahoma City, OK

In honor of Banned Books Week and in protest of censorship of books with LGBTQIA+ and racial equity themes in Oklahoma schools and libraries, we are holding a public reading of some of the most banned and challenged books of the past five years. Readings will be modified to be appropriate for families with middle-school-aged ... Read More

Free

Banned Book Club at Kerrytown BookFest: Gender Queer

Kerrytown Book Festival 4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor

Booksweet's Banned Book Club wraps up with a special Banned Books Week event at Kerrytown BookFest with a discussion of the #1 most challenged book of 2021: Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe. When: Sunday, September 18 Time: 2:45-3:45 pm Where: Kerrytown BookFest, held this year in the Morris J. Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College (4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor) What: a participatory, book ... Read More

Free
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ALABAMA STORY at Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest St., Roswell, GA

It's a play about books, censorship, home, the past, and the future. And above all, it's a play about stories. As the Civil Rights movement is flowering, a simple children’s picture book about a black rabbit marrying a white rabbit stirs the passions of a segregationist State Senator and a no-nonsense State Librarian in 1959 ... Read More

$15 – $55
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Banned Books Week Events at Ingalls Memorial Library

Ingalls Memorial Library 203 Main Street, Rindge, NH

We are hosting Banned Books Events all week. Monday, Sept. 19 - Join us for the film "1984" starring John Hurt and Richard Burton.  1:00 - 3:00 Tuesday, Sept. 20 - We will be watching "Of Mice and Men" starring Gary Sinise and John Malkovich. 1:00 - 3:00 Wednesday, Sept. 21 - Join us for ... Read More

Banned Books Week at Mitchell Public Library

Mitchell Public Library 221 N. Duff St., Mitchell, SD

Banned Books Week (September 18 - 24, 2022) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all ... Read More

Free

Banned Book read-a-loud

John C. Fant Memorial Library 1200 5th Avenue S, Columbus, MS

Since the inception of Banned Books Week in 1982, libraries and bookstores throughout the country have staged local read-outs, continuous readings of banned and challenged books. This year, we will join the action by hosting a read-aloud of banned books, explaining their importance and sharing their words. Join us virtually or in-person on Monday, September ... Read More

Banned Book Party

Jervis Public Library 613 North Washington Street, Rome, NY

Join us on the library lawn for an educational celebration of banned and challenged books. There will be games and activities relating to banned books with fun prizes and more. Listen to banned children's books, create your own blackout poem, and learn about how the library bill of rights stands in opposition to censorship of ... Read More

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ALABAMA STORY at Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest St., Roswell, GA

It's a play about books, censorship, home, the past, and the future. And above all, it's a play about stories. As the Civil Rights movement is flowering, a simple children’s picture book about a black rabbit marrying a white rabbit stirs the passions of a segregationist State Senator and a no-nonsense State Librarian in 1959 ... Read More

$15 – $55
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Banned Books Week Events at Ingalls Memorial Library

Ingalls Memorial Library 203 Main Street, Rindge, NH

We are hosting Banned Books Events all week. Monday, Sept. 19 - Join us for the film "1984" starring John Hurt and Richard Burton.  1:00 - 3:00 Tuesday, Sept. 20 - We will be watching "Of Mice and Men" starring Gary Sinise and John Malkovich. 1:00 - 3:00 Wednesday, Sept. 21 - Join us for ... Read More

Bannned Books Giveaway

Montana State University Library MSU Centennial Mall, Bozeman, MT

This year, Montana State University Library is celebrating Banned Books Week with a banned and challenged books giveaway. Students are invited to stop by the library to get a free book and talk with librarians about the ways books unite us and censorship divides us. Students can also write a postcard to their favorite banned ... Read More

Free

Banned Book Week Read-In With Love

Park Springs Park, Bentonville, AR 300 NW 10th St, Bentonville, AR

Join Girl Scout Troop 5209 and PFLAG of NWA for a Read-In With Love! Bring a banned or challenged book to read, one to donate, and enjoy crafts, snacks, and trivia at the park.

Free

Book Club: “Fahrenheit 451”

110 Grill Stratham, NH 19 Portsmouth Ave, Stratham, NH

Join us again for our in-person book club meeting at the 110 Grill with Assistant Library Director Scott Campbell. In support of Banned Books Week, and continuing our theme of books about books, both the library's in-person and Zoom book groups will read Ray Bradbury's classic dystopian novel "Fahrenheit 451." We will be sharing our ... Read More

Banned Book Movie Night: Fahrenheit 451

Coralville Public Library 1401 5th Street, Coraliville, IA

Join us for a free movie night at the Coralville Public Library.  We are showing Fahrenheit 451 (1966) for Banned Books Week. Fahrenheit 451 In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task.  Based on the book by the same title by Ray Bradbury. Fahrenheit 451 ... Read More

Free

Salman Rushdie’s “The Satanic Verses”

Dallas Institute of Humanities & Culture 2723 Routh St, Dallas, TX

Salman Rushdie’s exuberant novel, The Satanic Verses, has cast a long shadow since its publication almost 35 years ago. Most recently, with the horrific attempt on Rushdie's life, we are reminded of what is at stake in our world: the ability to speak, write, and create without fear. Yet what exactly are the true literary ... Read More

$30
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ALABAMA STORY at Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest St., Roswell, GA

It's a play about books, censorship, home, the past, and the future. And above all, it's a play about stories. As the Civil Rights movement is flowering, a simple children’s picture book about a black rabbit marrying a white rabbit stirs the passions of a segregationist State Senator and a no-nonsense State Librarian in 1959 ... Read More

$15 – $55

Banned Book Trivia

Constant Spring 219 S Main S, Goshen, IN

Test your knowledge of banned books and the history of censorship. One round, 30 questions hosted at Constant Spring, Tuesday, September 20th at 8:30 pm. See you there!

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Banned Books Week Events at Ingalls Memorial Library

Ingalls Memorial Library 203 Main Street, Rindge, NH

We are hosting Banned Books Events all week. Monday, Sept. 19 - Join us for the film "1984" starring John Hurt and Richard Burton.  1:00 - 3:00 Tuesday, Sept. 20 - We will be watching "Of Mice and Men" starring Gary Sinise and John Malkovich. 1:00 - 3:00 Wednesday, Sept. 21 - Join us for ... Read More

Banned Books Read-In at North Central College

Oesterle Library at North Central College 320 School Street, Naperville, IL

Celebrate your favorite banned books out loud with the Shimer Great Books School! The Shimer Great Books School at North Central College invites you to a “read-in” in our Oesterle Library and Learning Commons. Bring a selection from your favorite banned book to read out loud, discuss with Shimer students and faculty, and learn more ... Read More

Free

Banned Books Read-In with the Shimer Great Books School

Oesterle Library at North Central College 320 School Street, Naperville, IL

In defiance of recent and ongoing book bannings, we’ll be occupying and reading to the main room of Oesterle Library on Wednesday, September 21, at 5:00 pm. All are welcome to converse, eat some dinner (on us!), and read a selection out loud from your favorite banned book. If you’d like to read but aren’t ... Read More

Free

Banned Books Readout: Exploring Our Cultures

Lake Shore Branch, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library 4857 Lake Shore Rd #5543, Hamburg, NY

Join us as we explore the stories of our rich and diverse cultures. This program is for those wishing to hear storeis from censored books during Banned Books Week. Books will be read by members of the represented communities. Appropriate for ages 6-12.

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ALABAMA STORY at Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest St., Roswell, GA

It's a play about books, censorship, home, the past, and the future. And above all, it's a play about stories. As the Civil Rights movement is flowering, a simple children’s picture book about a black rabbit marrying a white rabbit stirs the passions of a segregationist State Senator and a no-nonsense State Librarian in 1959 ... Read More

$15 – $55

Banned Books Week Trivia Fun

FSCJ Deerwood Center Library and Learning Commons Jacksonville, FL

Try our virtual escape room, answer trivia questions about censorship, make a button to keep, enter for a chance to win prizes.

Banned Books Week: Conversation on Censorship

Chapel Hill Public Library 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC

Join Chapel Hill Public Library and Carolina Public Humanities for a conversation about intellectual freedom and the dangers of censorship during Banned Books Week. Topics to be covered by panelists include: Professor Tori Ekstrand from the UNC Hussman School of Journalism will discuss free speech, censorship, and media law. NC Deputy Director Renee Sekel of Red Wine and Blue, a ... Read More

Banned Comic Books

St. Louis Public Library - Central Library 1301 Olive St., St. Louis, MO

Who’s afraid of comic books? Book bans across Missouri and the U.S. have often targeted graphic novels and comic books, especially those that depict issues of gender, sexuality and race. New Missouri laws will punish educators and school librarians who provide restricted materials to students with fines and jail time. This event considers banned comic books ... Read More

Free

Banned Books Week Trivia Night

Champion Brewing Company 324 6th St. SE, Charlottesville, VA

Join library staff at Champion Brewery for chances to win prizes based on your knowledge of banned books. Teams of up to 4 can work together. Library staff will have copies of banned books on hand and passages from banned books will be read aloud between trivia rounds.

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ALABAMA STORY at Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest St., Roswell, GA

It's a play about books, censorship, home, the past, and the future. And above all, it's a play about stories. As the Civil Rights movement is flowering, a simple children’s picture book about a black rabbit marrying a white rabbit stirs the passions of a segregationist State Senator and a no-nonsense State Librarian in 1959 ... Read More

$15 – $55

Intellectual Freedom – Banned Books Week Event

Dr. Ernie Bond Curriculum Resource Center 1101 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD

MLA Intellectual Freedom Panel and Salisbury University Libraries in conjunction with the Wicomico Public Library and the Eastern Shore Regional Libraries (ESRL) are hosting a Banned Book Week Event calling attention to current efforts to censor books, the impact such efforts have, and underscores the importance of the freedom to read. Please join us virtually ... Read More

Free

Banned Book Reading

The Alwun House 1204 East Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ

The Arizona LGBT+ History Project will be hosting its Banned Books Reading on Friday, Sept 23 at the Alwun House  - 1204 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85006. This will be a very special adult story time that focuses on book censorship, in conjunction with events like this happening across the country. Come participate in ... Read More

$10
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ALABAMA STORY at Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest St., Roswell, GA

It's a play about books, censorship, home, the past, and the future. And above all, it's a play about stories. As the Civil Rights movement is flowering, a simple children’s picture book about a black rabbit marrying a white rabbit stirs the passions of a segregationist State Senator and a no-nonsense State Librarian in 1959 ... Read More

$15 – $55

Pushing Back Against the Banning of Books

East Side Freedom Library 1105 Greenbrier Street, Saint Paul, MN

Access to books and ideas are at the center of the cultural and political war raging in the United States, and libraries and schools have become battlegrounds. The East Side Freedom Library intends to be a space where ideas can be freely discussed and where books from diverse cultural and ideological perspectives are available. We ... Read More

Free

Banned Books Week Trivia!

Royal Oak Public Library 222 E 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak

In celebration of Banned Books Week, we feature a first ever and yet already world famous BANNED BOOKS TRIVIA! Come to the Friends Auditorium to compete (and learn!) with your friends, family members, neighbors, random people you meet on the street, to earn the shining glory of WINNER OF BANNED BOOKS TRIVIA! The renown is ... Read More

Free

Maus – An In Person Reading

New Brunswick Free Public Library 58 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ

An in-person book reading of Maus on  Saturday, 9/24/2022, from 2:00PM - 5:00PM at the New Brunswick Free Public Library's Henry Guest House. The location is: 58 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901.  Masks are required!   https://www.nbfpl.org/

Free

Banned Books Social

Booksweet 1729 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor, MI

Banned Books Week (9/18-9/24) is an annual national celebration of our freedom to read. Join Booksweet on Saturday, September 24 at 7 pm for a Banned Books Social! Fun includes: Banned Book Party Games – low stress, lots of fun, and a great way to meet fellow book enthusiasts Delicious snacks and iced tea from our neighbors at Exotic Bakeries ... Read More

Free
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ALABAMA STORY at Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest St., Roswell, GA

It's a play about books, censorship, home, the past, and the future. And above all, it's a play about stories. As the Civil Rights movement is flowering, a simple children’s picture book about a black rabbit marrying a white rabbit stirs the passions of a segregationist State Senator and a no-nonsense State Librarian in 1959 ... Read More

$15 – $55

A Surge of Book Banning: An Ominous Move Toward a Fascist America. Needed: Resistance – and Revolution!

Revolution Books Berkeley 2444 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA

Teacher/resister Summer Boismier, author Julia Scheeres, librarian Sheila Dickinson, and the staff of Revolution Books We will read from some of the targeted books and discuss the epidemic of book banning, the ominous signal it sends about where some powerful forces want to take this country, why it has exploded across America especially, but not ... Read More

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ALABAMA STORY at Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest St., Roswell, GA

It's a play about books, censorship, home, the past, and the future. And above all, it's a play about stories. As the Civil Rights movement is flowering, a simple children’s picture book about a black rabbit marrying a white rabbit stirs the passions of a segregationist State Senator and a no-nonsense State Librarian in 1959 ... Read More

$15 – $55

Banned Books Community Read Aloud

Chapel Hill Public Library 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC

As part of Banned Books Week, we've invited community guests to read excerpts from favorite children's books that have recently been banned or challenged to “see what all the fuss is about.” All ages are welcome. Banned Books Week is an annual, national celebration of your freedom to read, held September 18 – 24 this year. ... Read More