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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ALABAMA STORY at Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest St., Roswell, GA

It's a play about books, censorship, home, the past, and the future. And above all, it's a play about stories. As the Civil Rights movement is flowering, a simple children’s picture book about a black rabbit marrying a white rabbit stirs the passions of a segregationist State Senator and a no-nonsense State Librarian in 1959 ... Read More

$15 – $55
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Banned Books Conversations: Where Radical Readers Discuss Prohibited Prose

Virtual Event

Over the course of Banned Books Week, this series will cover seven different books, the reasons they were banned, and the value in reading them. Hosted by Tonya Todd, one new episode of Banned Books Conversations will be posted to YouTube each day. Panelists include authors and readers across the US and UK.

Free
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Banned Books Week Events at Ingalls Memorial Library

Ingalls Memorial Library 203 Main Street, Rindge, NH

We are hosting Banned Books Events all week. Monday, Sept. 19 - Join us for the film "1984" starring John Hurt and Richard Burton.  1:00 - 3:00 Tuesday, Sept. 20 - We will be watching "Of Mice and Men" starring Gary Sinise and John Malkovich. 1:00 - 3:00 Wednesday, Sept. 21 - Join us for ... Read More

Banned Books Week at Mitchell Public Library

Mitchell Public Library 221 N. Duff St., Mitchell, SD

Banned Books Week (September 18 - 24, 2022) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all ... Read More

Free

The Censored Classroom: Why Book Bans and Restrictive Policies Hurt Us All – Webinar

Virtual Event

Join the Center for Educators & Schools in a conversation about how classroom censorship policies weaken the quality of education.   Book bans and classroom censorship policies are sweeping the nation. Join the Center for Educators & Schools in a conversation about how classroom censorship policies weaken the quality of education and negatively affect educators, ... Read More

Free

Banned Book read-a-loud

John C. Fant Memorial Library 1200 5th Avenue S, Columbus, MS

Since the inception of Banned Books Week in 1982, libraries and bookstores throughout the country have staged local read-outs, continuous readings of banned and challenged books. This year, we will join the action by hosting a read-aloud of banned books, explaining their importance and sharing their words. Join us virtually or in-person on Monday, September ... Read More

Banned Book Party

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

Banned Books Week Trivia Night

Upper Arlington Public Library - Tremont Branch 2800 Tremont Rd., Columbus, OH

Answer trivia about favorite children's books that have been banned or challenged throughout history. This trivia night is designed for elementary and middle school kids and their families.

Free
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Live Tour of The Banned Books Museum

Virtual Event

The Banned Books Museum collects and exhibits banned, burned, and censored books from around the world. To celebrate Banned Books Week, we're live-streaming an online tour of our museum, located in Tallinn, Estonia, with a new section every day! Tune in daily to hear museum director Joseph Dunnigan talk about censorship around the world, highlighting ... Read More

Free
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ALABAMA STORY at Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest St., Roswell, GA

It's a play about books, censorship, home, the past, and the future. And above all, it's a play about stories. As the Civil Rights movement is flowering, a simple children’s picture book about a black rabbit marrying a white rabbit stirs the passions of a segregationist State Senator and a no-nonsense State Librarian in 1959 ... Read More

$15 – $55

Banned Books Week Display at Infinity Flux

Infinity Flux 3643 Hixson Pike, Chattanooga, TN

Banned Books Week Display at Infinity Flux Featuring a rotating selection of comics and graphic novels that have been banned or challenged.

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Banned Books Conversations: Where Radical Readers Discuss Prohibited Prose

Virtual Event

Over the course of Banned Books Week, this series will cover seven different books, the reasons they were banned, and the value in reading them. Hosted by Tonya Todd, one new episode of Banned Books Conversations will be posted to YouTube each day. Panelists include authors and readers across the US and UK.

Free
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Banned Books Week Events at Ingalls Memorial Library

Ingalls Memorial Library 203 Main Street, Rindge, NH

We are hosting Banned Books Events all week. Monday, Sept. 19 - Join us for the film "1984" starring John Hurt and Richard Burton.  1:00 - 3:00 Tuesday, Sept. 20 - We will be watching "Of Mice and Men" starring Gary Sinise and John Malkovich. 1:00 - 3:00 Wednesday, Sept. 21 - Join us for ... Read More

Bannned Books Giveaway

Montana State University Library MSU Centennial Mall, Bozeman, MT

This year, Montana State University Library is celebrating Banned Books Week with a banned and challenged books giveaway. Students are invited to stop by the library to get a free book and talk with librarians about the ways books unite us and censorship divides us. Students can also write a postcard to their favorite banned ... Read More

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Banned Books Trivia at Bier One

Bier One 255 SW 9th Street, Newport, OR

2022 Banned Books Week: Banned Books Trivia at Bier One (NEWPORT, OREGON) – Staff at the Newport Public Library is excited to announce that the Library is celebrating Banned Books Week! Banned Books Week takes place from September 18-24, 2022. The theme of Banned Books Week 2022 is “Books Unite Us, Censorship Divides Us.”  As ... Read More

Free

Banned Book Week Read-In With Love

Park Springs Park, Bentonville, AR 300 NW 10th St, Bentonville, AR

Join Girl Scout Troop 5209 and PFLAG of NWA for a Read-In With Love! Bring a banned or challenged book to read, one to donate, and enjoy crafts, snacks, and trivia at the park.

Free

Book Club: “Fahrenheit 451”

110 Grill Stratham, NH 19 Portsmouth Ave, Stratham, NH

Join us again for our in-person book club meeting at the 110 Grill with Assistant Library Director Scott Campbell. In support of Banned Books Week, and continuing our theme of books about books, both the library's in-person and Zoom book groups will read Ray Bradbury's classic dystopian novel "Fahrenheit 451." We will be sharing our ... Read More

Banned Book Movie Night: Fahrenheit 451

Coralville Public Library 1401 5th Street, Coraliville, IA

Join us for a free movie night at the Coralville Public Library.  We are showing Fahrenheit 451 (1966) for Banned Books Week. Fahrenheit 451 In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task.  Based on the book by the same title by Ray Bradbury. Fahrenheit 451 ... Read More

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Salman Rushdie’s “The Satanic Verses”

Dallas Institute of Humanities & Culture 2723 Routh St, Dallas, TX

Salman Rushdie’s exuberant novel, The Satanic Verses, has cast a long shadow since its publication almost 35 years ago. Most recently, with the horrific attempt on Rushdie's life, we are reminded of what is at stake in our world: the ability to speak, write, and create without fear. Yet what exactly are the true literary ... Read More

$30

Fighting Words: Censorship & Banned Books

Virtual Event

Join authors Jeff Zentner and Jessie Ann Foley for a virtual discussion about censorship, banned books, and the importance of reading. Find the Zoom link at https://wp.me/pbFvB5-11V4

Free
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Live Tour of The Banned Books Museum

Virtual Event

The Banned Books Museum collects and exhibits banned, burned, and censored books from around the world. To celebrate Banned Books Week, we're live-streaming an online tour of our museum, located in Tallinn, Estonia, with a new section every day! Tune in daily to hear museum director Joseph Dunnigan talk about censorship around the world, highlighting ... Read More

Free
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ALABAMA STORY at Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest St., Roswell, GA

It's a play about books, censorship, home, the past, and the future. And above all, it's a play about stories. As the Civil Rights movement is flowering, a simple children’s picture book about a black rabbit marrying a white rabbit stirs the passions of a segregationist State Senator and a no-nonsense State Librarian in 1959 ... Read More

$15 – $55

Banned Book Trivia

Constant Spring 219 S Main S, Goshen, IN

Test your knowledge of banned books and the history of censorship. One round, 30 questions hosted at Constant Spring, Tuesday, September 20th at 8:30 pm. See you there!

Free

“Never Forget” — Children’s Literature and Historical Revisionism in the Philippines

Virtual Event

This Banned Books Week event offers a Philippine perspective on children's literature and censorship. In commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines, a panel of Filipino authors and book distributors will discuss the role of children’s literature in documenting the truths about the Marcos dictatorship, especially in an ... Read More

Free
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Banned Books Conversations: Where Radical Readers Discuss Prohibited Prose

Virtual Event

Over the course of Banned Books Week, this series will cover seven different books, the reasons they were banned, and the value in reading them. Hosted by Tonya Todd, one new episode of Banned Books Conversations will be posted to YouTube each day. Panelists include authors and readers across the US and UK.

Free
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Banned Books Week Events at Ingalls Memorial Library

Ingalls Memorial Library 203 Main Street, Rindge, NH

We are hosting Banned Books Events all week. Monday, Sept. 19 - Join us for the film "1984" starring John Hurt and Richard Burton.  1:00 - 3:00 Tuesday, Sept. 20 - We will be watching "Of Mice and Men" starring Gary Sinise and John Malkovich. 1:00 - 3:00 Wednesday, Sept. 21 - Join us for ... Read More

Banned books Week

Business And Technology University I. Chavchavadze Avenue N82, Tbilisi, Tbilisi

BTU Library, Palitra L Publishing • Publishing in partnership with Palitra L, hosts International Banned Books Week. ➡ On September 21 at 15:00 (Tbilisi time), a discussion of George Orwell's bestselling books: "Animal Farm" and 1984 will be held at the University of Business and Technology. 🔸 Speaker: Mikheil Antadze 🔹 book exhibition and sale ... Read More

Free

Banned Books Club

George Reynolds Library 3595 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder, Colorado

Read and examine books that have been banned from schools and libraries over the past several years, and discuss issues of censorship and intellectual freedom. Each month participants will choose their own book from the following genres to read and bring to the club: September: Graphic Novels October: Young Adult November: Fiction December: Nonfiction January: Picture ... Read More

Banned Books Read-In at North Central College

Oesterle Library at North Central College 320 School Street, Naperville, IL

Celebrate your favorite banned books out loud with the Shimer Great Books School! The Shimer Great Books School at North Central College invites you to a “read-in” in our Oesterle Library and Learning Commons. Bring a selection from your favorite banned book to read out loud, discuss with Shimer students and faculty, and learn more ... Read More

Free

Banned Books Read-In with the Shimer Great Books School

Oesterle Library at North Central College 320 School Street, Naperville, IL

In defiance of recent and ongoing book bannings, we’ll be occupying and reading to the main room of Oesterle Library on Wednesday, September 21, at 5:00 pm. All are welcome to converse, eat some dinner (on us!), and read a selection out loud from your favorite banned book. If you’d like to read but aren’t ... Read More

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Banned Books Readout: Exploring Our Cultures

Lake Shore Branch, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library 4857 Lake Shore Rd #5543, Hamburg, NY

Join us as we explore the stories of our rich and diverse cultures. This program is for those wishing to hear storeis from censored books during Banned Books Week. Books will be read by members of the represented communities. Appropriate for ages 6-12.

Meet the Author: Ryan Estrada

Virtual Event

The author of the graphic memoirs Banned Book Club, Occulted and No Rules Tonight, Ryan Estrada has worked with many people who changed their lives, and the world, by reading banned books. Join the artist/author for a stimulating discussion on why books are banned and what we gain from reading them. Please register. You will be emailed a link no later ... Read More

Open Eyes: Banned Books, Kids, and the War on Reading

Virtual Event

In state after state, local community members, school boards and elected lawmakers are challenging the rights of children and young adults to read books like Gender Queer and The 1619 Project. Even a children’s biography of Rosa Parks has made a list of banned books. This growing national tension between young people’s rights to read ... Read More

Free
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Live Tour of The Banned Books Museum

Virtual Event

The Banned Books Museum collects and exhibits banned, burned, and censored books from around the world. To celebrate Banned Books Week, we're live-streaming an online tour of our museum, located in Tallinn, Estonia, with a new section every day! Tune in daily to hear museum director Joseph Dunnigan talk about censorship around the world, highlighting ... Read More

Free
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ALABAMA STORY at Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest St., Roswell, GA

It's a play about books, censorship, home, the past, and the future. And above all, it's a play about stories. As the Civil Rights movement is flowering, a simple children’s picture book about a black rabbit marrying a white rabbit stirs the passions of a segregationist State Senator and a no-nonsense State Librarian in 1959 ... Read More

$15 – $55
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Banned Books Conversations: Where Radical Readers Discuss Prohibited Prose

Virtual Event

Over the course of Banned Books Week, this series will cover seven different books, the reasons they were banned, and the value in reading them. Hosted by Tonya Todd, one new episode of Banned Books Conversations will be posted to YouTube each day. Panelists include authors and readers across the US and UK.

Free

Banned Books Week Webinar: What’s the role of the Higher Ed community in supporting intellectual freedom?

Virtual Event

The higher education community is experiencing new challenges to intellectual freedom both from peers with different viewpoints and increasingly from state and local governments. At the same time, faculty and librarians still must provide students with an open and interactive learning environment that fosters the development of independent, critical thinking skills while steering them from ... Read More

Banned Books Week Trivia Fun

FSCJ Deerwood Center Library and Learning Commons Jacksonville, FL

Try our virtual escape room, answer trivia questions about censorship, make a button to keep, enter for a chance to win prizes.

Ban These Books? Let’s Talk

Virtual Event

America’s burgeoning cultural wars have swept into school and community libraries, where works from Huckleberry Finn to Toni Morrison’s Beloved have long faced challenges. Now, a new politically charged wave of book-banning sentiment takes aim at titles on sexual and racial identity. Marking this year’s observance of Banned Books Week, September 18-24, a panel of veteran librarians from Kansas City-area ... Read More

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Banned Books Week: Conversation on Censorship

Chapel Hill Public Library 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC

Join Chapel Hill Public Library and Carolina Public Humanities for a conversation about intellectual freedom and the dangers of censorship during Banned Books Week. Topics to be covered by panelists include: Professor Tori Ekstrand from the UNC Hussman School of Journalism will discuss free speech, censorship, and media law. NC Deputy Director Renee Sekel of Red Wine and Blue, a ... Read More

Banned Comic Books

St. Louis Public Library - Central Library 1301 Olive St., St. Louis, MO

Who’s afraid of comic books? Book bans across Missouri and the U.S. have often targeted graphic novels and comic books, especially those that depict issues of gender, sexuality and race. New Missouri laws will punish educators and school librarians who provide restricted materials to students with fines and jail time. This event considers banned comic books ... Read More

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Banned Books Week Trivia Night

Champion Brewing Company 324 6th St. SE, Charlottesville, VA

Join library staff at Champion Brewery for chances to win prizes based on your knowledge of banned books. Teams of up to 4 can work together. Library staff will have copies of banned books on hand and passages from banned books will be read aloud between trivia rounds.

Free
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Live Tour of The Banned Books Museum

Virtual Event

The Banned Books Museum collects and exhibits banned, burned, and censored books from around the world. To celebrate Banned Books Week, we're live-streaming an online tour of our museum, located in Tallinn, Estonia, with a new section every day! Tune in daily to hear museum director Joseph Dunnigan talk about censorship around the world, highlighting ... Read More

Free

OMG, you can’t write that! Banned Books Online Event

Virtual Event

Join Humanist Society Scotland for an online evening of discussion to mark Banned Books Week 2022. In light of the recent horrific attack on Salman Rushdie and the increase in book banning in schools in the US, we wanted to create an event that highlights religious censorship of books. OMG, you can't write that! Books, ... Read More

Free
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ALABAMA STORY at Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest St., Roswell, GA

It's a play about books, censorship, home, the past, and the future. And above all, it's a play about stories. As the Civil Rights movement is flowering, a simple children’s picture book about a black rabbit marrying a white rabbit stirs the passions of a segregationist State Senator and a no-nonsense State Librarian in 1959 ... Read More

$15 – $55
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Banned Books Conversations: Where Radical Readers Discuss Prohibited Prose

Virtual Event

Over the course of Banned Books Week, this series will cover seven different books, the reasons they were banned, and the value in reading them. Hosted by Tonya Todd, one new episode of Banned Books Conversations will be posted to YouTube each day. Panelists include authors and readers across the US and UK.

Free

Banned Books Week

Business And Technology University I. Chavchavadze Avenue N82, Tbilisi, Tbilisi

BTU Library is hosting International Banned Books Week! Speaker: Davit Gorgiladze (Writer) Time and date: September 23, 14:00 (Tbilisi time) The meeting will be held at the University of Business and Technology (Tbilisi, Georgia) Book name - "City and Dogs"

Free

Intellectual Freedom – Banned Books Week Event

Dr. Ernie Bond Curriculum Resource Center 1101 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD

MLA Intellectual Freedom Panel and Salisbury University Libraries in conjunction with the Wicomico Public Library and the Eastern Shore Regional Libraries (ESRL) are hosting a Banned Book Week Event calling attention to current efforts to censor books, the impact such efforts have, and underscores the importance of the freedom to read. Please join us virtually ... Read More

Free

Banned Book Reading

The Alwun House 1204 East Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ

The Arizona LGBT+ History Project will be hosting its Banned Books Reading on Friday, Sept 23 at the Alwun House  - 1204 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85006. This will be a very special adult story time that focuses on book censorship, in conjunction with events like this happening across the country. Come participate in ... Read More

$10
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Live Tour of The Banned Books Museum

Virtual Event

The Banned Books Museum collects and exhibits banned, burned, and censored books from around the world. To celebrate Banned Books Week, we're live-streaming an online tour of our museum, located in Tallinn, Estonia, with a new section every day! Tune in daily to hear museum director Joseph Dunnigan talk about censorship around the world, highlighting ... Read More

Free
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ALABAMA STORY at Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest St., Roswell, GA

It's a play about books, censorship, home, the past, and the future. And above all, it's a play about stories. As the Civil Rights movement is flowering, a simple children’s picture book about a black rabbit marrying a white rabbit stirs the passions of a segregationist State Senator and a no-nonsense State Librarian in 1959 ... Read More

$15 – $55
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Banned Books Conversations: Where Radical Readers Discuss Prohibited Prose

Virtual Event

Over the course of Banned Books Week, this series will cover seven different books, the reasons they were banned, and the value in reading them. Hosted by Tonya Todd, one new episode of Banned Books Conversations will be posted to YouTube each day. Panelists include authors and readers across the US and UK.

Free

Banned Books at Brick Road Coffee!

brick road coffee 4415 S Rural Rd Suite 10, Tempe, AZ

Drag Story Hour - Arizona's first in-person Banned Books Week event since 2019! Please join Freddy Prinze Charming at Brick Road Coffee to learn how censorship affects the world of children's literature and how you and your family can advocate for the freedom to read! Visit bannedbooksweek.org for more information on Banned Books Week. Find our booklist ... Read More

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Pushing Back Against the Banning of Books

East Side Freedom Library 1105 Greenbrier Street, Saint Paul, MN

Access to books and ideas are at the center of the cultural and political war raging in the United States, and libraries and schools have become battlegrounds. The East Side Freedom Library intends to be a space where ideas can be freely discussed and where books from diverse cultural and ideological perspectives are available. We ... Read More

Free

Banned Books Week Trivia!

Royal Oak Public Library 222 E 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak

In celebration of Banned Books Week, we feature a first ever and yet already world famous BANNED BOOKS TRIVIA! Come to the Friends Auditorium to compete (and learn!) with your friends, family members, neighbors, random people you meet on the street, to earn the shining glory of WINNER OF BANNED BOOKS TRIVIA! The renown is ... Read More

Free

Maus – An In Person Reading

New Brunswick Free Public Library 58 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ

An in-person book reading of Maus on  Saturday, 9/24/2022, from 2:00PM - 5:00PM at the New Brunswick Free Public Library's Henry Guest House. The location is: 58 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901.  Masks are required!   https://www.nbfpl.org/

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Banned Books Social

Booksweet 1729 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor, MI

Banned Books Week (9/18-9/24) is an annual national celebration of our freedom to read. Join Booksweet on Saturday, September 24 at 7 pm for a Banned Books Social! Fun includes: Banned Book Party Games – low stress, lots of fun, and a great way to meet fellow book enthusiasts Delicious snacks and iced tea from our neighbors at Exotic Bakeries ... Read More

Free
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ALABAMA STORY at Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest St., Roswell, GA

It's a play about books, censorship, home, the past, and the future. And above all, it's a play about stories. As the Civil Rights movement is flowering, a simple children’s picture book about a black rabbit marrying a white rabbit stirs the passions of a segregationist State Senator and a no-nonsense State Librarian in 1959 ... Read More

$15 – $55

A Surge of Book Banning: An Ominous Move Toward a Fascist America. Needed: Resistance – and Revolution!

Revolution Books Berkeley 2444 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA

Teacher/resister Summer Boismier, author Julia Scheeres, librarian Sheila Dickinson, and the staff of Revolution Books We will read from some of the targeted books and discuss the epidemic of book banning, the ominous signal it sends about where some powerful forces want to take this country, why it has exploded across America especially, but not ... Read More

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ALABAMA STORY at Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest St., Roswell, GA

It's a play about books, censorship, home, the past, and the future. And above all, it's a play about stories. As the Civil Rights movement is flowering, a simple children’s picture book about a black rabbit marrying a white rabbit stirs the passions of a segregationist State Senator and a no-nonsense State Librarian in 1959 ... Read More

$15 – $55

Banned Books Community Read Aloud

Chapel Hill Public Library 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC

As part of Banned Books Week, we've invited community guests to read excerpts from favorite children's books that have recently been banned or challenged to “see what all the fuss is about.” All ages are welcome. Banned Books Week is an annual, national celebration of your freedom to read, held September 18 – 24 this year. ... Read More