Every year, bookstores, libraries, universities, and organizations host engaging programs that spotlight censorship.

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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

Students Protecting Education

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Central Library 1 Lafayette Square, BUFFALO, NY, United States

Come join Jillian Yarnes & Luke Lippitt, co-founders of the local Students Protecting Education chapter, as they discuss how they formed the group at Orchard Park High School, ways 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

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“Why your voice matters, even as censorship increases”

Virtual Event

As censorship continues to grow and evolve across the United States, what should we, the people, know? What can we do to ensure that our public resources, including libraries, remain places of intellectual freedom? We'll talk ... Read More

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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

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Banned Books Week Trivia Night

Quincy Hall 4001 Fairfax Dr.,, 22203, Arlington, VA, United States

Test your literary knowledge against other players and celebrate Banned Books Week with a night of trivia at Quincy Hall! Our expert trivia host, Jessica Sprigings, will present a trivia ... Read More

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Banned Books Week Trivia

Random Row Brewery 608 Preston Ave # A, Charlottesville, VA, United States

Will your team be the trivia champions? Join JMRL for Banned Books Week Trivia Night at Random Row Brewery for chances to win prizes based on your team’s knowledge of ... Read More

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

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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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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

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

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Author Series: Lydia Conklin & Rainbow, Rainbow

Alumni Hall Reading Room Nashville, TN, United States

For an encore event in our Trans & Nonbinary Author Series, LGBTQI Life will host Lydia Conklin for a read from and celebrate the paperback release of Rainbow, Rainbow and a Q&A followed by mixer. Student ... Read More

Banned Book Movie: BELOVED

Joyce's House Education Center 5601 W. North Avenue, Milwaukee, WI, United States

Join us for a night of literary rebellion at Joyce's House Education Center with @nichebookbarllc! We're hosting a Banned Book Movie Night on Friday, October 6th, 2023, at 6pm. Our ... Read More

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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

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Book Giveaway!

Sidecar Home Market 100 S Woodland Blvd, DeLand, DeLand, FL, United States

In response to book bans throughout Florida and the United States, local pride organizations, nonprofits, and businesses in DeLand, Florida, are coming together to hold a book giveaway for all ... Read More

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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
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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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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

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Banned Books Week at KD’s

KD's Books 241 SE Main St, Lee's Summit, MO, United States

We will be sharing resources to educate the public about the dangers of censorship, as well as how to fight book challenges, both online and in store this week. Come ... Read More

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Banned Books Brunch

Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice 12 Stockton St., Princeton, NJ, United States

The BRCSJ Defenders of the Right to Read invite you to our BANNED BOOKS BRUNCH to honor Harmonica Sunbeam & Senator Andrew Zwicker!

$20.00

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

LCAC Family Fun Day & Read-In

Lafayette Public Library 301 W. Congress St, Lafayette, LA, United States

Come celebrate FREADom with us at this family-friendly event! Dress up as your favorite character from a banned or challenged book. We'll have door prizes, games, and readings from challenged ... Read More

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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

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Let Freedom Read: Banned Books Week 2023

Riverhead Free Library 330 Court Street, Riverhead, NY, United States

Book challenges and censorship in both public and school libraries has increased exponentially. The presenter will help us understand why this is happening and what we can do about it.

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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

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Banned Books Reading and Celebration

Wheatgrass Books 120 North Main Street, Livingston, MT, United States

Wheatgrass Books in Livingston, Montana, will host its 2nd annual banned books celebration. An array of community members -- local writers, students, librarians, policy makers, and more -- will gather ... Read More

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On Let Freedom Read Day, Stand Up for Trans Youth

A Seat at the Table Bookstore 9257 Laguna Springs Dr. Suite 130, Elk Grove, California, United States

Extremist right wingers are terrorizing trans and queer youth by proposing and passing school board policies that require school staff to report them. These same people are attempting to stop ... Read More

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Freedom Readers Book Club of Champaign Urbana

Champaign Public Library 200 West Greet Street, Champaign, IL, United States

"...Because we adults must continue to learn to pass the information on..." ---Nicole Anderson Cobb, PhD, Convener, Freedom Readers Book Club of Champaign Urbana *** "Freadom" image provided from African ... Read More

Florida’s War on Books

Delray Beach Public Library 100 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL, United States

A talk by educator Dr. Margery Marcus on the history of censorship and book banning in Floridas schools and libraries. Sponsored by the South Florida chapter of the Women’s National ... Read More

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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

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(un)BANNED Art Exhibition

Arion Press Gallery 1802 Hays Street, San Francisco, CA, United States

If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, please join us for the opening of Arion’s final exhibition of 2023: (un)BANNED. Ten premier local artists will present a diverse ... Read More

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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

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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

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