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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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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 ... 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 ... 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

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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

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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

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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

Banned Books Week of Action

Virtual Event

The freedom to read is under attack — let’s do something about it! On October 1-7, 2023, we’re asking everyone to take at least one action to help defend books ... Read More

Banned Books Week at Cranbury Public Library

Cranbury Public Library 30 Park Place W, Cranbury, NJ, United States

Cranbury Pubic Library is celebrating Banned Books Week all month long. We've compiled a reading list of the top 101 most banned and challenged books in our collection. We're encouraging ... Read More

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Banned Books Week at Redbird Books

Redbird Books 2210 N NAVARRO, VICTORIA, TX, United States

Join us as we celebrate Banned Books Week at Redbird Books! We are located in Victoria, Texas, at 2210 N Navarro (Between Airline & Red River). We are a women-owned ... Read More

Free

Banned Books Week Promo

Ballast Book Company 409 Pacific Ave Ste 202, Bremerton, WA, United States

Purchase any banned or challenged book from Ballast Book Company in Bremerton, Washington, or donate to PEN America, and receive a free tote bag!

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

No Book Left Behind

Revalation Vineyards 2710 Hebron Valley Rd, Madison, VA, United States

In protest of the recent book ban by the Madison County School Board, we will be holding a book festival No Book Left Behind featuring guest speakers, activities, and book sales including ... Read More

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

Banned Books Week at Northwest Vista College

Northwest Vista College Redbud Learning Center 3535 N Ellison, San Antonio, United States

Celebrate your right to read. Check out the NVC library programs to honor banned books week.

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Banned Books Week at Redbird Books

Redbird Books 2210 N NAVARRO, VICTORIA, TX, United States

Join us as we celebrate Banned Books Week at Redbird Books! We are located in Victoria, Texas, at 2210 N Navarro (Between Airline & Red River). We are a women-owned ... 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, ... 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

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Banned Books Week – BTU

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

Business and Technology University (BTU) is hosting Banned Books Week in Tbilisi, Georgia. During the meeting, invited guests will overview native Georgian books and authors and discuss their insights in ... Read More

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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

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Banned Books Week at Redbird Books

Redbird Books 2210 N NAVARRO, VICTORIA, TX, United States

Join us as we celebrate Banned Books Week at Redbird Books! We are located in Victoria, Texas, at 2210 N Navarro (Between Airline & Red River). We are a women-owned ... Read More

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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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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, ... 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

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Banned Books Giveaway

University of Michigan Library 913 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI, United States

Stop by for a free book! To mark Banned Books Week, we're giving away copies of some recently published books that have been banned or challenged because they address sexuality, ... Read More

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Banned Books Week – BTU

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

Business and Technology University (BTU) is hosting Banned Books Week in Tbilisi, Georgia. During the meeting, invited guests will overview native Georgian books and authors and discuss their insights in ... 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!

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

Let Freedom Read Trivia Night

Petoskey District Library 500 E. Mitchell Street, Petoskey, MI, United States

This year, libraries across the country will be sharing displays and information about the perils of censorship and limiting access to books in a democracy. Join Petoskey District Library in ... Read More

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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

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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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Banned Books Week at Redbird Books

Redbird Books 2210 N NAVARRO, VICTORIA, TX, United States

Join us as we celebrate Banned Books Week at Redbird Books! We are located in Victoria, Texas, at 2210 N Navarro (Between Airline & Red River). We are a women-owned ... 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

Let Freedom Read: A Conversation On The Power Of Books

Arapahoe Community College 5900 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO, United States

Join us for a panel discussion on books, censorship, and intellectual freedom with indie bookseller Nicole Sullivan and library director Dennis Quinn. This is a hybrid event; attend in-person at ... Read More

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Banned Books Week Reception: Little Library Launch

Commons South Patio Lawn 18th Ave S & Horton Ave, Nashville, TN, United States

Join us for the kickoff of Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read, draws attention to banned and challenged books, and highlights persecuted individuals. We will launch the ... Read More

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Banned Books Giveaway

University of Michigan Library 913 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI, United States

Stop by for a free book! To mark Banned Books Week, we're giving away copies of some recently published books that have been banned or challenged because they address sexuality, ... Read More

Free

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 Books Week Read-Out

Bird Library, Syracuse University 222 Waverly Ave, Syracuse, NY, United States

A coalition of departments at Syracuse University is hosting "Banned Books Week Read-Out," during which students, faculty, and community members can come and read from their favorite banned books. Sponsors ... Read More

Free

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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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 ... 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

Banned Books Week Teen Event

Stirling Road Branch Library 26.0483656, Hollywood, FL, United States

Join the Teen Advisory Board of the Stirling Road Branch Library for a Banned Books Week event. Create bookmarks, write to your favorite author, and enjoy refreshments and light bites. ... Read More

Free

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

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 ... 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 Initiative: Panel Discussion

Central Library Community Room 419 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN, United States

Book bans and censorship affect the entire community -- from librarians, authors, and journalists to teachers, community leaders, and readers of all types. This panel discussion, part of Banned Books Week, ... Read More

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Banned Books Week at Redbird Books

Redbird Books 2210 N NAVARRO, VICTORIA, TX, United States

Join us as we celebrate Banned Books Week at Redbird Books! We are located in Victoria, Texas, at 2210 N Navarro (Between Airline & Red River). We are a women-owned ... Read More

Free
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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