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Midwest Region Library Project: Seeing Black in REaD

Woodland Christian Church 143 Woodland Ave, Columbus, OH, United States

The Midwest Region Library Project: Seeing Black in REaD Woodland Christian Church 143 Woodland Ave, Columbus, OH 43203 Saturday, September 30, 2023 @ 10 a.m. – 11 am. The Columbus (OH) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated has the perfect FREE MIDS Impact Day of Service designed just for you, family, and friends! ... Read More

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Community Read-In for Banned Books Week

Croton Free Library 171 Cleveland Dr, Croton-on-Hudson, NY, United States

Kick off Banned Books Week with a Community Read-In! Library staff and community guests will host a public storytime and read aloud from children's books that have been banned or challenged in the last decade. Adults, teens, and older kids are welcome to just bring a blanket or lawn chair and read together on the ... Read More

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The 2023 Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival

Chappaqua Train Station Allen Place, Chappaqua, NY, United States

The 10th Anniversary of The Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival  The 10th Anniversary of the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival (CCBF) will take place on Saturday, September 30, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Chappaqua Train Station in Chappaqua, New York. This year’s Festival will be the largest one yet, with 180 authors in attendance ... Read More

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Unstoppable Stories: A Banned Books Festival

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax 2709 Hunter Mill Rd, Oakton, Virginia, United States

With book banning at an all-time high, it's important for people of faith and those who care about the future of all American children to resist these efforts. Celebrate and lift up the books and stories that reflect and change people’s lives! Come to the 2-day banned books festival organized by Unitarian Universalist faith communities ... Read More

Banned Books Bash

Hygge House Books 57 East Main St., Westborough, MA, United States

We're kicking off Banned Books Week with a bash for all ages from 12:00 -3:00 p.m. Drop in any time, or stay for the day. 12 PM -- Banned Book Tasting Browse our “buffet” of banned books. Take the time and care to evaluate them for yourself 1 PM -- Banned Book “READ OUT” Participate ... Read More

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No Book Left Behind

Revalation Vineyards 2710 Hebron Valley Rd, Madison, VA, United States

In protest of the recent book ban by the Madison County School Board, we will be holding a book festival No Book Left Behind featuring guest speakers, activities, and book sales including banned titles. This is a family friendly event, and we invite everyone to celebrate great books, bring awareness to the dangers of censorship, and encourage ... Read More

Booktoberfest: Banned Books Panel

Planet Word 925 13th St NW, Washington, DC, United States

The capstone of Shout Mouse Press's Booktoberfest event will be a thoughtful panel discussion on banned books (2:30-3:30pm) moderated by Glory Edim (Well-Read Black Girl) to honor Banned Books Week. Other panelists include: Keesha Ceran of Social Justice Books, 2022 SLJ Librarian of the Year K.C. Boyd, and two of Shout Mouse Press authors, Sasa Aakil ... Read More

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Kids’ Books for Everyone Book Club

Cambridge Public Library - O'Neill Branch 70 Rindge Ave, Cambridge, MA, United States

People of all ages who enjoy children's books can read and discuss together. In October we will read Front Desk by Kelly Yang, then meet for refreshments and discussion. Copies of the book are available at the O'Neill Branch. This month's book has been selected in honor of Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating ... Read More

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Wednesdays of Wonder – Banned Books Week

Cambridge Public Library - O'Neill Branch 70 Rindge Ave, Cambridge, MA, United States

Come to the library for games and a different activity each week! Kids of all ages can hang out and do crafts or STEAM activities. No registration required. On 10/4 we'll be celebrating Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read! There will be crafts, giveaways, and trivia!

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Banned Book Week Event

Karpeled Manuscript Library Museum 115 International Pkwy #101, Lake Mary, FL, United States

We invite you to come shop, learn, support, and socialize with fellow book lovers at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum in Lake Mary, Florida, for this one-of-a-kind event! Writer's Block Bookstore has partnered with the Karpeles Museum to help spread awareness and education on banned books, why they are banned, which books are being challenged ... Read More

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Banned Books Week Teen Event

Stirling Road Branch Library 26.0483656, Hollywood, FL, United States

Join the Teen Advisory Board of the Stirling Road Branch Library for a Banned Books Week event. Create bookmarks, write to your favorite author, and enjoy refreshments and light bites. Plus, the first 20 teens to arrive will receive a free copy of a banned book.

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Banned Books & Birthday Bones Bash at Dungeon’s Gate!

Dungeon's Gate 2525 N Ankeny Blvd, Ste 101, Ankeny, IA, United States

Join us at Dungeon's Gate Saturday October 7, from 10-10 & help us celebrate Banned Books Week *AND* Olive's 4th Birthday at our Banned Books & Birthday Bones Bash!!! Enjoy Birthday Bone Treats! Join Olive for a Banned Books Read-In, at 1 PM & at 4 PM, featuring banned picture books: Red, A Crayon's Story ... Read More

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Freedom to Read Storytime

Blue Island Public Library 2433 York Street, Blue Island, IL, United States

Celebrate the freedom to read by joining us for a free event at the Blue Island Public Library! Local children's author Jarrett Dapier will read his picture book, Mr. Watson's Chickens, which has been the subject of challenges and bans. A chicken-themed craft is to follow. Local independent bookstore Bookie's will be selling copies of the ... Read More

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Banned Books Week at KD’s

KD's Books 241 SE Main St, Lee's Summit, MO, United States

We will be sharing resources to educate the public about the dangers of censorship, as well as how to fight book challenges, both online and in store this week. Come in anytime to check out our Banned Books displays, and be sure to join us for the BBW National Day of Action on Saturday, Oct. ... Read More

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LCAC Family Fun Day & Read-In

Lafayette Public Library 301 W. Congress St, Lafayette, LA, United States

Come celebrate FREADom with us at this family-friendly event! Dress up as your favorite character from a banned or challenged book. We'll have door prizes, games, and readings from challenged books from across Louisiana!

Free

A Story Like Mine: A Webinar About Inclusive Books

Virtual Event

Books are one of the first tools kids use to learn about the world around them. In honor of National Book Month and Banned Books Week, you’re invited to join children's literacy nonprofit SMART Reading and some special guests for a free webinar about why getting inclusive books into the hands and homes of children ... Read More

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The BookFest Fall 2023

Virtual Event

The BookFest Fall 2023 draws readers, writers, and the literary community together October 21-22, 2023, for its eighth biannual virtual event. The BookFest is a driving force in delivering vital conversations and experiences for the writing and reading communities. Day One features programming for readers, while Day Two is designed for writers. Panel discussions, conversations, ... Read More

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