Every year, bookstores, libraries, universities, and organizations host engaging programs that spotlight censorship. Are you hosting an event for Banned Books Week? Putting up a display? Let us know about it, and we’ll share it here for the world to find!

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Mes dos libros perigosos = Dangerous Books Month

Biblioteca Pública de Ourense Rúa do Concello, 11, Ourense, Ourense

Our doors are open again to anyone who wants to take a look at the displays of banned and challenged books we have prepared for this month: comics, young adults novels and adults books. Of course you should read them now!

Banned Drag Story Hour with Bookmans Mesa!

Virtual Event

Join Freddy Prinze Charming and Geo Johnson for a Banned Books Story Hour, sponsored by Bookmans Mesa! In preparation for Banned Books Week 2020 (September 27th through October 3rd), Geo and Freddy have selected readings from a couple of their favorite banned books. Our fight against censorship will be broadcast live on Drag Story Hour- Arizona's Facebook page.

Free

Danville Public Library Banned Books Week Display

Danville Public Library 511 Patton Street, Danville, VA

Celebrate your freedom to read. Banned Books Week, founded in 1982, honors intellectual freedom by highlighting often censored media. Whether you read to learn, relax, or escape, books are an important presence in our lives. The best way to observe this annual event is by reading a frequently banned book. Visit The Danville Public Library ... Read More

Free

Share Your Shelfie

Virtual Event

Do you like challenged or banned books? The SJSU student chapter of the ALA invites you to share your reading! Take a photo of your reading shelf and tag us on Facebook @ALASC and on Twitter @ALASCSJSU with #bannedbooksweek. Learn what's been banned or challenged on your shelf!

Free

City Lit Theater Company Presents: Books on the Chopping Block (ALA Facebook Live)

Virtual Event

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books ... Read More

Free

Banned Books Trivia

Virtual Event

Monday-Friday we will post a trivia question to social media. First person to DM us the correct answer wins. Answer and winner will be announced the next day.

Free

Censorship: The Comics Code Authority & Rating Systems

Virtual Event

Alex Cox (Image Comics) in conversation with a member of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table on the history of the Comics Code Authority and its impact on comics censorship. This discussion will also touch on how current ratings systems and library classifications can impact readership. Register here. ALA Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table and ... Read More

Free

Presentation with Jami Cassady

Virtual Event

Through stories and memorabilia from the Neal Cassady Estate, Jami Cassady will discuss the life of her father and the pivotal role that he played in the Beat Generation, the '60s Counterculture, and 20th century literature. Register for this virtual presentation at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/regi.../2673011033281638156 You'll receive a link to easily connect to the discussion from any ... Read More

Free

COVID-19 and Academic Censorship

Virtual Event

What does censorship look like in a fully online world? Our experiences dealing with COVID-19 have increased – and in many ways complicated – interactions with open data, internet control, and e-book access. What have we learned about censorship in academia as a result? In this hour-long webinar, taking place during Banned Books Week, panelists ... Read More

Free

Banned through Comics Metadata!?

Virtual Event

Librarians Allison Bailund (San Diego State University), Hallie Clawson (University of Washington Information School), and Rotem Anna Diamant (Canada Comics Open Library) in conversation with Brittany Netherton (Darien Public Library) on how the metadata of comics can limit and grant access to comics. From proper crediting of creators to the details of a catalog record ... Read More

Free

Banned Books Week: Whose Voices Are Still Being Censored?

Virtual Event

This event is FREE for all. Please register here. Banned Books Week 2020 (28 September–2 October) takes place four months after George Floyd’s murder led to a global resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, and three months after the publication of the Rethinking Diversity in Publishing report, which demonstrated the particular challenges writers of colour ... Read More

Free

Banned Book Club: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

244 Frazer Fir Rd., South Windsor, CT 244 Frazer Fir Rd., South Windsor, CT

Celebrate Banned Books Week by reading and discussing The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time! We’ll also talk about why this is a “banned book.” Meet facilitator Cynde Acanto at The Pond at Barber Hill, 244 Frazer Fir Rd., South Windsor. Bring your mask & chair. Please practice social distancing. This event will ... Read More

Free

Black People in Comics

Virtual Event

Valentine De Landro (Bitch Planet, X-Factor), Johnnie Christmas (Tartatus, Sheltered) and Chuck Brown (Bitter Root) in a conversation on how Black people have been historically portrayed in comics, from the obstacles of integrating Black characters into mainstream and superhero comics to present day works, issues Black creators face working in the comics industry, and the ... Read More

Free

City Lit Theater Company Presents: Books on the Chopping Block (DePaul University)

Virtual Event

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books ... Read More

Free

Calling In, Calling Out and What Difference Does it Make?: Whose Speech is Free?

Virtual Event

This event is part of "Free Expression and the Humanities," a series jointly sponsored by PEN America and the Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures at the University of Virginia. Participants: Marlene L. Daut, Professor & Associate Director, Carter G. Woodson Institute, UVA Meredith D. Clark, Assistant Professor, Media Studies, UVA Tamika Carey, Associate ... Read More

Free

Hong Kong Against the Odds

Virtual Event

The Los Angeles Review of Books invites you to join us for an urgent conversation about the ongoing protest movement in Hong Kong, its place on the international stage, and where Hong Kong might go from here. Over the last 18 months, protesters have gathered in world-historic numbers to demonstrate against state violence and what they ... Read More

Free

Banned Books Trivia

Virtual Event

ACLU Montana, Belgrade Community Library, Bozeman Public Library, Country Bookshelf, Friends of MSU Library, and MSU Library partner to host a virtual Banned Book Trivia event.

Free

Resisting Self-Censorship

Virtual Event

In the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the resultant global Black Lives Matter protests, it has been clearer than ever before that the voices of some are prioritised to the exclusion of others. As part of Banned Books Week 2020 – an annual celebration of the freedom to read – Index is partnering with ... Read More

$5

(Un)Welcome to the Comics Industry

Virtual Event

It's not just libraries that have banned comics - sometimes it's the comics industry itself. Chloe Ramos (Image Comics) and other panelists in conversation with Dan Wood (Escondido Public Library) will discuss how harassment serves as a form of censorship within the industry by creating unsafe and unwelcoming environments, and how awareness of these issues ... Read More

Free

Comics: “Are These Real Books?”

Virtual Event

Charles Soule (Undiscovered Country, Daredevil) in conversation with Matthew Noe (GNCRT President-Elect) on why comics so often wind up on annual most challenged books lists, what comics are most often challenged, and what you can do to overcome negative opinions of comics. Register here.

Free

Virtual Banned Books Week Bingo

Virtual Event

Celebrate "Banned Books Week" with book-themed online bingo! Players can try to win by being the first person to mark 5 titles of banned or challenged books in a row (going up or down, left or right, or diagonally). Book titles will include those for children, tweens/teens, and adults. Learn more about Banned Books Week ... Read More

Free

Watch Party: “Scary Stories” Documentary

Virtual Event

Join the American Library Association for a national watch party of “Scary Stories,” a documentary that digs into the history and impact of the banned book “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” by Alvin Schwartz. After the film join us on the Banned Books Week YouTube channel for a Q&A with the director, Cody Meirick.

Banned Drag King Story Hour with King Keo Llewellyn!

Virtual Event

Join King Keo Llewellyn for a #banneddragstoryhour at 2:00 pm, Saturday, October 3rd, 2020! King Keo will share some of his favorite #bannedbooks for a sure to be fantastic story hour!

Free

Banned Books Week Tweens Online Book Club (8-12 yr. olds)

Virtual Event

In this 90 minute ZOOM program, children will learn about our Freedom to Read right under the U.S. Constitution, San Jose Public Library's support for the Library Bill of Rights, and learn these concepts /share these experiences. Censorship defined. Recognize variety of recurring themes over why books have been censored throughout history. San Jose Public ... Read More

Free

Banned Books Event, Chameleon Bookstore, Johnstown, PA

Chameleon Bookstore, Johnstown, PA 144 Gazebo Park, Johnstown, PA

Join us at Chameleon Bookstore for a banned book event. The store will also be paying tribute to the 65th Anniversary of the Six Gallery reading with an in-store book display.

Free

On the Shelf: Get Ready for Banned Books Week!

Virtual Event

Learn which books made the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2020 and, more importantly, why they made the list. We are getting ready for Banned Books Week, September 26 - October 2, 2021, by drawing attention to censorship and highlighting the need for diverse books. Please visit Tulare Public Library YouTube Page to watch the ... Read More

Free

Dear Banned Author Writing Campaign

Willoughby Public Library 30 Public Square, Willoughby, OH

The Dear Banned Author is a letter-writing campaign hosted by the American Library Association) that encourages readers to write, tweet, or email banned or challenged authors during Banned Books Week (September 26 – October 2), sharing what their stories mean to them. The library will provide postcards, paper, addresses of banned authors, and a relaxing environment for brainstorming.

Free

Libros perigosos: as autorías censuradas

Biblioteca Pública de Ourense Rúa do Concello, 11, Ourense, Ourense

Through history lots of writters, had to hide their real name if they wanted to see their books published. Sometimes they were women, sometimes they were trying not to cause shame to their families, sometimes both. This year we want to shout out loud the real names of some of them, to make visible that ... Read More

Free

Banned Books with Bookmans Mesa 2021!

Virtual Event

Join Drag Story Hour-AZ and Bookmans Mesa for a virtual Banned Books Week story hour with Felica Minor!  Felicia will read: I Am Enough by Grace Byers I Am Jazz by Jazz Jennings Monster Trouble by Lane Fredrickson Dr. David Boyles will join Felicia to discuss a recent U.S. school district's ban on anti-racist books and ... Read More

Free
Recurring

Celebrating Banned Books Week

Monkey & Dog Books 3608 W 7th Street, Fort Worth, TX

In the book shop we will have a Banned Book Display and a game of "Guess the Banned Book." There will be a jar on the counter with shredded pages from a banned book. Patrons can enter the drawing by trying to guess the name of the banned book. A winner will be drawn on ... Read More

Free

Blind Date with a Banned Book

University of North Florida Thomas G. Carpenter Library, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, Florida

Censorship Divides Us. Books Unite Us! Banned Books Week (September 26 – October 2) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries, this celebration is typically held during the last week of September and highlights the ... Read More

Free

Banned Books Trivia Night (Virtual)

Virtual Event

Calling all fans of controversial reads! Come join us for an hour of online trivia as we celebrate Freedom to Read Week! Test your knowledge of banned and challenged books. You can have as many participants on your team as you like, but only one person will share responses per team. Only 10 "teams" may register. ... Read More

Free

Gender Identity, Sexuality, and Free Expression in Alabama (Virtual)

Virtual Event

This roundtable conversation will focus on the historical challenges to gender expression, sexuality, and free speech in Alabama, including how these challenges play out through the experiences of LGBTQ+ writers from the state. This panel will explore the unspoken, speak the unspeakable, and open doors into the present. REGISTER HERE This discussion is being presented ... Read More

Free

Where in the World Are Books Banned? Interactive Map

Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus Library Library – Room 1216, 300 NE 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33132, Miami, FL

Come by the Library to try out our interactive map that can be accessed by computer or scanning a QR Code on your mobile device, which leads you to a world map where you can find Banned Books throughout the world. In addition, the resource guide "Banned Books: Defending Our Freedom to Read" by Robert ... Read More

Free

Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2020 Guessing Game

Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus Library Library – Room 1216, 300 NE 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33132, Miami, FL

You are welcome to come by and challenge yourself in a guessing game of the American Library Association’s Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2020 which includes matching book covers to the descriptions of why the book was challenged. Hosted by “Wolfson Campus” Library – Room 1216 300 NE 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33132

Free

Censorship by the Numbers Display

Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus Library Library – Room 1216, 300 NE 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33132, Miami, FL

View infographics on Who, What, Where, and Why books are challenged. According to the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, “More than 273 titles were challenged or banned in 2020, with increasing demands to remove books that address racism and racial justice or those that shared the stories of Black, Indigenous, or people of color. As ... Read More

Free

Check out a Banned Book Kick-off

Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus Library Library – Room 1216, 300 NE 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33132, Miami, FL

“Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.” Let us break the “censorship” cycle, students; come by the library to check out a banned book and receive an Eat Me Guilt Free snack bag while supplies last. Hosted by “Wolfson Campus” Library – Room 1216 300 NE 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33132

Free

Freedom to Read: Celebrating Banned Books Week

Virtual Event

This event is online only. Did you know that books are banned and challenged in libraries, schools and bookstores every year? Celebrate your freedom to read by celebrating Banned Books Week! This annual event highlights the value of free and open access to information. This program will dive into the reasons why Banned Books Week is celebrated ... Read More

Free

Conversation with Chris Tomlinson and Ashley Hope Pérez

The Carpenter Hotel 400 Josephine Street, Austin, TX

Writer and editor Chris Tomlinson (coeditor of Forget the Alamo) and young adult author Ashley Hope Pérez (author of Out of Darkness) come together for this special conversation to discuss recent threats to free expression in Texas. The discussion will unpack controversies including the recently canceled Forget the Alamo book event at the Bullock Texas State History Museum as ... Read More

Free

Banned Book Fest

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

Free

Midwest Books to Prisoners – Book Drive

Virtual Event

Commemorate #BannedBooksWeek by sending books to prisoners! A donor has offered to match any order we send to our @HaymarketBooks wishlist this week, so help us double the books we send out! This week, we're focusing on the increasing difficulty in getting #BooksToPrisoners. In addition to content-based restrictions, many prison systems are only allowing certain ... Read More

Poetry in Protest

Virtual Event

Meet poets at the frontlines of protest movements fighting for the right to speak freely and without fear of persecution. Poetry is frequently used as a tool in protest movements to inspire, unite, and mobilise support. From Black Lives Matter and women’s liberation to protest movements in Myanmar and Afghanistan, poetry holds the power to ... Read More

Free

Ideas & Action: Banned Books Week Event

Virtual Event

The Bluest Eye. To Kill A Mockingbird. The Hate U Give. Stamped. George. What do these books have in common? **This is a virtual event that will be hosted on Zoom - you will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing and sufficient Internet access. If you have not ... Read More

Free

Banned Books Week Trivia Night

Melbourne Public Library 540 E Fee Avenue, Melbourne, FL

Join us for a night of literary fun with Banned Books Week Trivia. This program is hosted by the Melbourne Public Library reference staff and is recommended for teens and adults. Seating is limited. Call 321-952-4514 to reserve your spot!

Free

Conversation with Bryan Burrough and Jim Schutze

Bishop Arts Theatre Center 215 S Tyler St, Dallas, TX

Writer and journalist Bryan Burrough (author of Forget the Alamo) and author and activist Jim Schutze (author of The Accommodation) come together for this special event that will assess the negative impacts of censoring political and historical literature. The conversation will highlight their own recently censored works, and speak to the importance of learning and teaching history ... Read More

Free

American Dystopia: Stop Reading

Virtual Event

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them” (Ray Bradbury). This lecture debriefs students on literary censorship in American public schools and libraries, which often feels dystopian and obstructs the democratic right to read. The lecture would explain how/why books are banned surrounding the top banned ... Read More

Free

After Hours with Banned Books

Virtual Event

In 1616, nearly 75 years after Nicholaus Copernicus’ theories on planetary motion first appeared in print, the Congregation of the Index of Prohibited Books ruled that copies of De Revolutionibus must be “suspended until corrected.” This was not an outright ban of the text, but a call for its “expurgation,” a practice for selectively censoring parts ... Read More

Free

History, Racism, and Education in Oklahoma (Virtual)

Virtual Event

Youth advocate and Oklahoma Board of Education member Carlisha Williams Bradley and University of Oklahoma history professor Anne Hyde join PEN America for a discussion of currents threats to honest teaching of history and racism in Oklahoma schools and universities, in the context of social and political backlash against anti-racism education, and in the wake ... Read More

Free

A Conversation with Jewell Parker Rhodes and Kelly McWilliams (Virtual)

Virtual Event

Award-winning novelist and educator Jewell Parker Rhodes and her daughter, young adult author Kelly McWilliams, come together in conversation to discuss book bans and young adult literature. As individuals, it is our duty to provide the next generation of writers, teachers, journalists, activists, and readers with an education that includes all facets of life, an ... Read More

Free

Tenderness: Lawrence, lovers and literature on trial

The London Library 14 St James’s SquareLondon,

In Banned Books Week at The London Library, Alison MacLeod speaks to Lara Feigel about her stunning new novel Tenderness, the story of D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, its ripple effects across half a century and the society that put it on trial. Weaving the voice of a dying D.H. Lawrence, with that of a woman who witnesses the trial and ... Read More

£3 – £12

Censorship, Citizenship, & Individual Responsibility

Virtual Event

Censorship, Citizenship, & Individual Responsibility explores how the prohibition of expression is the breeding ground for dystopian societies and how, in a constant feedback loop, societal censorship leads to internal censorship, dehumanizing both society and the individual. Presented by Steve Kronen. Join the stream here.

Free

Banned Books Trivia Night

Wilbur D. May Museum 1595 N. Sierra StreetReno,

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Test your knowledge of banned and challenged books in a fun trivia night at the museum! $20/team, up to 5 people per team. Snacks and refreshments included. Prizes for 1st-3rd place and best team name. Deadline to sign up is September 29. Register ... Read More

$20

Erasure of Black Thought: A Conversation about Critical Race Theory with Black Academics and Writers

Rofhiwa Book Café 406 South Driver Street, Durham, NC

“Erasure of Black Thought” will be a conversation among Black academics that unpacks the current challenges to freedom of expression in schools, colleges, and the public sphere in regards to racism, history, and diversity (i.e. critical race theory). The event will offer a clear-eyed view of the current slate of censorious threats, while also providing ... Read More

Free

Banned Books Week @ The Rand Club

Rand Club 33 Loveday Street & Fox Street, Marshalltown, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Join us at the annual Banned Books Week event celebrating the Freedom To Read. Come to the Rand Club in Johannesburg for a one-day-only event with a fascinating line-up of speakers to keep you entertained. Please book ahead of time for planning purposes.

Free

Celebrating Banned Books Week at Scuppernong Books

Scuppernong Books 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC

Banned Books Week is an annual event that celebrates open access to books in our schools, libraries, and communities. This year, PEN America will be celebrating the week in North Carolina with a full day of activities. The morning will start at 11am ET with a drag queen sidewalk storytime in partnership with Stonewall Sports – ... Read More

Free