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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 ... Read More

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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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More

Free

Read-Out in Corpus Christi, TX

Black Cat Books 1318 S Staples Street, Corpus Christi, TX, United States

League of Women Voters Corpus Christi Area and Black Cat Books are hosting a read-out to kick off Banned Books Week. You can defend democracy and participate in the read ... Read More

Free

2nd Annual Banned Book Read-Out

South Main Book Company 110 S. Main St., Salisbury, NC, United States

Let's get a little louder this weekend! Books with diverse content (including, but not limited to, LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious ... Read More

Free

Banned Book Week at the Little Free Library at Chateau

The Little Free Library at Chateau Chateau, Broadway & Esselstyne Streets, Cape Vincent, NY, United States

Free People Read Freely Join us as we mark Banned Book Week (October 1-7, 2023) at the Little Free Library at Chateau!

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Loutit District Library Banned Books Display

Loutit District Library 407 Columbus Avenue, Grand Haven, MI, United States

The Loutit District is celebrating Banned Books "Week" for the entire month of October! We have a wonderful interactive educational display for patrons to learn more about book challenges and ... Read More

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Banned Book Sale and Display

Recycle Read Repeat 208 CHERRY ST, NORRISTOWN, PA, United States

Stop by Recycle Read Repeat in Norristown, Pennsylvania, located at 208 Cherry St. We are an independent used bookstore, women-owned and located in our home town! Stop in to see ... 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 ... 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 ... Read More

Free

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 ... Read More

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Banned Book Sale and Display

Recycle Read Repeat 208 CHERRY ST, NORRISTOWN, PA, United States

Stop by Recycle Read Repeat in Norristown, Pennsylvania, located at 208 Cherry St. We are an independent used bookstore, women-owned and located in our home town! Stop in to see ... Read More

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We’re With the Banned

UAA Literacy Lounge 2533 Providence Dr, Anchorage, AK, United States

Help the UAA School of Education spotlight censorship this Banned Books Week! Join us in the UAA Literacy Lounge (PSB 102) from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. October 2-6 to ... Read More

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 ... Read More

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Banned Book Sale and Display

Recycle Read Repeat 208 CHERRY ST, NORRISTOWN, PA, United States

Stop by Recycle Read Repeat in Norristown, Pennsylvania, located at 208 Cherry St. We are an independent used bookstore, women-owned and located in our home town! Stop in to see ... Read More

Banned Books Readathon

Prince Memorial Library 266 Main Street, Cumberland, ME, United States

Commemorate Banned Books Week (October 1–7) with Prince Memorial Library's first Banned Books Readathon! Throughout the day, community members will be reading from a selection of banned or frequently challenged picture ... Read More

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We’re With the Banned

UAA Literacy Lounge 2533 Providence Dr, Anchorage, AK, United States

Help the UAA School of Education spotlight censorship this Banned Books Week! Join us in the UAA Literacy Lounge (PSB 102) from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. October 2-6 to ... Read More

On Censorship with James LaRue

The Bookworm 295 Main Street C101, Edwards, United States

Celebrate Banned Books Week and listen to James LaRue as he presents his book On Censorship, which uses humor, reason, and intelligence to build a case against censorship. LaRue recounts ... Read More

$10

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 ... Read More

Free

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 ... Read More

$60.00
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Banned Book Sale and Display

Recycle Read Repeat 208 CHERRY ST, NORRISTOWN, PA, United States

Stop by Recycle Read Repeat in Norristown, Pennsylvania, located at 208 Cherry St. We are an independent used bookstore, women-owned and located in our home town! Stop in to see ... Read More

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We’re With the Banned

UAA Literacy Lounge 2533 Providence Dr, Anchorage, AK, United States

Help the UAA School of Education spotlight censorship this Banned Books Week! Join us in the UAA Literacy Lounge (PSB 102) from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. October 2-6 to ... Read More

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 ... Read More

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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 ... Read More

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Drag Bingo @ Stolen Sun Brewery

Stolen Sun Brewery 342 N. Pottstown Pike Suite B, Exton, PA, United States

Kick-off BANNED BOOK WEEK with the Friends of the Henrietta Hankin Branch Library with Drag Queen Bingo featuring the beautiful and talented Lucy Moth! Join us Wednesday, October 4, 2023, ... Read More

$15.00

We Will Not Be Erased: A Banned Books Event

VAE Raleigh 228 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC, United States

WE WILL NOT BE ERASED: A BANNED BOOKS WEEK EVENT This year has seen a significant rise in the number of books facing challenges and bans, with a notable focus ... Read More

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Banned Book Sale and Display

Recycle Read Repeat 208 CHERRY ST, NORRISTOWN, PA, United States

Stop by Recycle Read Repeat in Norristown, Pennsylvania, located at 208 Cherry St. We are an independent used bookstore, women-owned and located in our home town! Stop in to see ... Read More

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We’re With the Banned

UAA Literacy Lounge 2533 Providence Dr, Anchorage, AK, United States

Help the UAA School of Education spotlight censorship this Banned Books Week! Join us in the UAA Literacy Lounge (PSB 102) from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. October 2-6 to ... Read More

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 ... 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 ... Read More

Free

Let Freedom Read: A Banned Books Week Panel Discussion

Flintridge Bookstore 858 Foothill Blvd., La Canada Flintridge, CA, United States

Flintridge Bookstore hosts LET FREEDOM READ: A Banned Books Week Panel, led by moderator and writer/educator Benin Lemus. She is joined by Flintridge Bookstore manager/book buyer Robert Gibbs, children’s book ... Read More

Free

Banned Books Book Club

Virtual Event

Book to be reviewed Ruby Bridges’s This is Your Time, New York Times bestseller and CBC Kid’s Book Choice Award Winner. Also: banned book. This is Your Time will electrify ... Read More

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Banned Book Sale and Display

Recycle Read Repeat 208 CHERRY ST, NORRISTOWN, PA, United States

Stop by Recycle Read Repeat in Norristown, Pennsylvania, located at 208 Cherry St. We are an independent used bookstore, women-owned and located in our home town! Stop in to see ... Read More

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We’re With the Banned

UAA Literacy Lounge 2533 Providence Dr, Anchorage, AK, United States

Help the UAA School of Education spotlight censorship this Banned Books Week! Join us in the UAA Literacy Lounge (PSB 102) from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. October 2-6 to ... Read More

Lunch & Learn: Banned Books

Virtual Event +1 more

Join us for our Banned Books Lunch and Learn on October 6th at 12 p.m. We will be discussing the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of Banned Books  ... Read More

Free

Let Freedom Read: A Celebration of Banned Books

Cherry Street Books 503 Broadway, Alexandria, MN, United States

For the the first time, Banned Books Week, a campaign launched in 1982 in response to increased numbers of challenges to books in schools, libraries and bookstores, will include Alexandria-area  ... Read More

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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, ... Read More

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Banned Book Sale and Display

Recycle Read Repeat 208 CHERRY ST, NORRISTOWN, PA, United States

Stop by Recycle Read Repeat in Norristown, Pennsylvania, located at 208 Cherry St. We are an independent used bookstore, women-owned and located in our home town! Stop in to see ... Read More

Banned Books Week Celebration at Bookish Emporium

Bookish Emporium of Arkansas 513 W Main Street, Heber Springs, AR, United States

Come out and celebrate the Freedom to Read! All week long we will be promoting and celebrating books that others deem unworthy for all because they didn't like it. We ... Read More

Free

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 ... Read More

Free

Boozy Banned Books Fair

Teresa's Cafe 124 N. Wayne Ave, Wayne, PA, United States

Main Point Books and partner Teresa's Cafe present our 2nd Boozy Banned Books Fair! All the magic of childhood along with the magic of happy hour, at Teresa's Cafe.

Free

Free to Belong: An Author Afternoon

Dayton Metro Library: Main Library Forum 215 East Third Street, Dayton, OH, United States

Spend the afternoon with three different authors: Leah Johnson (1:00), K. Ancrum (2:00), and Julian Winters (3:00). Learn from the authors about their process, their books, and their thoughts on ... Read More

Free

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 ... Read More

Free

Banned Books Reading & Book Swap

Rose Wagner Theater SLC, UT 138 W Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT, United States

Under the Umbrella Bookstore (UTU) is doing something about book bans. As a special event for Damn These Heels Film Fest, UTU is putting on a Banned Books Reading and ... Read More

Free

Silent Book Club – Banned Books

Loutit District Library 407 Columbus Avenue, Grand Haven, MI, United States

Silent Book Club is a unique and relaxing social gathering that combines the joy of reading with the pleasure of shared company. Participants come together to read silently, followed by ... Read More

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 ... Read More

Free