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

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

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

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

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