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Banning Oz: Wicked Writers Discuss Book Challenges

Virtual Event

For the past century, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has faced book bans and challenges. In modern times, the revisionist novel Wicked and its hugely popular musical adaptation have faced similar censorship around the country. Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, and Winnie Holzman, bookwriter ... Read More

Free

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

Free

Unstoppable Stories: A Banned Books Festival

River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation 6301 River Rd, Bethesda, Maryland, 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

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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Banned Books Read-In

Augusta University Libraries 2500 Walton Way, Augusta, GA, United States

Let Freedom Read! The Augusta University Libraries are hosting two Banned Book Read-Ins in conjunction with Banned Books Week. The Read-Ins will be held at the Greenblatt Library on Monday, October 2, at 11am, and at the Reese Library on Tuesday, October 3, at 11am. Attendees are welcome to join library staff in reading aloud ... Read More

Free

Celebrating Intellectual Freedom: a Banned Books Week event

UNC Asheville's Reuter Center 300 Campus View Road, Asheville, NC, United States

In 2023, PEN America reports a historical increase of challenged and banned books, particularly those written by Black and LGBTQ+ authors. With North Carolina now facing additional censorship and limits to the freedom of student self-expression in schools with bills like Senate Bill 49 becoming law, it is time to come together this fall to continue telling ... Read More

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Banned Books Read-In

Augusta University Libraries 2500 Walton Way, Augusta, GA, United States

Let Freedom Read! The Augusta University Libraries are hosting two Banned Book Read-Ins in conjunction with Banned Books Week. The Read-Ins will be held at the Greenblatt Library on Monday, October 2, at 11am, and at the Reese Library on Tuesday, October 3, at 11am. Attendees are welcome to join library staff in reading aloud ... Read More

Free

Banned Books Read-a-Thon

215 Student Un Dr, Johnstown, PA 15904 215 Student Un Dr, Johnstown, PA, United States

Read a short passage from your favorite banned or challenged book to celebrate the freedom to read! Don’t want to read? Join the audience!

Celebrate the Freedom to Read: A Banned Book Masquerade

Skeleton Key Brewery 8102 Lemont Rd #300, Woodridge, United States

The Downers Grove Public Library Foundation (DGPLF) will host a Celebrate the Freedom to Read: A Banned Books Masquerade fundraiser event on Tuesday, October 3, from 7:00 -10:00 p.m. at Skeleton Key Brewery (8102 Lemont Rd.), celebrating Banned Books Week (October 1 – 7) as well as the passing of anti-book ban legislation in Illinois. ... Read More

$60.00

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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Defending Access: Librarian Perspectives on Banned Books

Bernath Auditorium, Wayne State University 5155 Gullen Mall, Detroit, MI, United States +1 more

When intellectual freedom is at risk, librarians are often on the front lines of protecting communities’ access to information. Hear from alumni librarians about their experiences and what they’re doing to defend our right to read. Join Wayne State University’s School of Information Sciences’ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Program Planning Committee for the panel ... Read More

Free

Defending Democracy

Lynn City Hall Auditorium 3 City Hall Square, Lynn, MA, United States

Join Lynn Museum/LynnArts and the Grand Army of the Republic Museum for a special program at the Lynn Auditorium on Wednesday, October 4th, at 6 p.m. This event is free, and all are welcome to attend! Hear from community members and experts as they discuss economic inequality, book banning, voter suppression, and the marginalization of Black ... Read More

Free

Twitter Space: Why We Need More (Not Less) Complex Racial and Ethnic Representation in Grade School Books

Virtual Event

Now more than ever, we need more — not less — authentic racial and ethnic representation in our school texts. To push back against this growing censorship movement, Ed Trust is hosting a conversation, Why We Need More (Not Less) Complex Racial and Ethnic Representation in Grade School Books, to discuss the challenges of the ... Read More

Free

Join Award-Winning Author Isabel Quintero Live on Instagram

Virtual Event

Join us! We're celebrating Banned Books week with an Instagram Live on Thursday, October 5th at 3 PM EST / 12 PM PST. Author Isabel Quintero will be joining us to chat about her Morris Award-winning book, GABI, A GIRL IN PIECES, plus all things banned books. You won't want to miss it.

Free

How do we keep talking with our neighbors?

Virtual Event

How do we keep talking with our neighbors, even about book banning? …even when they have ideas that frighten us? …even when we live really different lives? …even when it’s difficult? Join us for an online panel discussion with a group of extraordinary people who work with and in Maine’s libraries, ready to share how ... Read More

Free

Caffè Lena Presents 60 Years of Banned Books

Saratoga Springs Public Library 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs, NY, United States +1 more

Caffè Lena and the Saratoga Springs Public Library join together to celebrate Banned Books Week. On October 5, enjoy music from Reese Fulmer and Dan Berggren, as well as local authors who will share readings from titles that have been banned or challenged in the past 60 years. This in-person event will be streamed via Zoom. ... Read More

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Banned Books Week Trivia Night

Quincy Hall 4001 Fairfax Dr.,, 22203, Arlington, VA, United States

Test your literary knowledge against other players and celebrate Banned Books Week with a night of trivia at Quincy Hall! Our expert trivia host, Jessica Sprigings, will present a trivia challenge for anyone who would like to participate and award prizes for the winners! Come early for Quincy Hall’s 3-day fermented pizza dough or stay ... Read More

Free

Banned Books Week TRIVIA

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

We are celebrating our freedom to read with Banned Books Trivia in the store on Friday, October 6! Grab a group of free-minded souls to test your knowledge of history, culture, and censorship as it pertains to banned and challenged books. Teams will spread out throughout the store and take part in 5 rounds of ... Read More

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Banned Books Brunch

Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice 12 Stockton St., Princeton, NJ, United States

The BRCSJ Defenders of the Right to Read invite you to our BANNED BOOKS BRUNCH to honor Harmonica Sunbeam & Senator Andrew Zwicker!

$20.00

Ormond Art Walk

Novel Tea Book Shop 150 Tomoka Ave, Ormond Beach, FL, United States

We will be highlighting banned books during our monthly Art Walk on October 7.  We will have books available for purchase and will have some giveaways for those who answer some Banned Books Trivia!

Free

Florida’s War on Books

Delray Beach Public Library 100 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL, United States

A talk by educator Dr. Margery Marcus on the history of censorship and book banning in Floridas schools and libraries. Sponsored by the South Florida chapter of the Women’s National Book Association and Delray Beach Public Library.

Free

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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