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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!

Free

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 bans. In addition to our display, book recommendations, and Banned Book programming, we are also hosting a Beanstack reading challenge to get patrons involved! There ... Read More

Free

AFT New Mexico Celebrates Banned Books Week!

Virtual Event

AFT New Mexico is spending this week celebrating banned books and our fervent support of ensuring all students and Americans have the freedom to read what they choose! As educators, we know protecting our students’ right to read is a value we all share. To support our week of celebrations, we are doing the following: ... Read More

Books Unite Us Censorship Divides Us @ Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries

Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY, United States

All 37 Buffalo & Erie County (NY) Public Libraries are participating in a community awareness and informational campaign beginning with Banned Books Week. To help spread the word about the increasing number of book challenges, Libraries are offering special edition freedom to read library cards for those who live, work or attend school in Erie ... 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 Tasting Browse our “buffet” of banned books. Take the time and care to evaluate them for yourself 1 PM -- Banned Book “READ OUT” Participate ... 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 the book. The meeting will be held in an interactive format, which means that the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions to the ... Read More

Free

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 books and middle-grade books chosen by PML librarians. Drop in to listen. Leave when you need to. It's a casual, and, we hope, entertaining good ... 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 the book. The meeting will be held in an interactive format, which means that the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions to the ... 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!

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 standing up for everyone’s right to read freely! Bring your knowledge and curiosity to Let Freedom Read Trivia Night! Learn some and win some... library ... Read More

Free

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 Skeleton Key Brewery (8102 Lemont Rd.), celebrating Banned Books Week (October 1 – 7) as well as the passing of anti-book ban legislation in Illinois. ... Read More

$60.00

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, at Stolen Sun Brewery, 342 N. Pottstown Pike Suite B, Exton, PA. Must be 18 years or older to play. Complete info and tix sales ... Read More

$15.00

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 empower students, and the danger of book bans. Gay & Lesbian Youth Services of Western New York will also be on hand to discuss the ... Read More

“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 about perceptions of the public library, book bans, and the movement to push back. Join noted experts Kelly Jensen from Book Riot and John Chrastka from EveryLibrary ... Read More

Free

Banned Books Panel Discussion at River Bookshop

Virtual Event +1 more

In recognition of Banned Books Week, River Bookshop is hosting a Banned Books panel discussion on Thursday, October 5th, at 6:30PM, in the Hole in the Wall event space above River Bookshop, 67 Richmond St, Amherstburg, ON. Featuring: Adam Craig, Chief Librarian, Essex County Library Vicki Houston, Director, Greater Essex County District School Board Dr ... Read More

Free

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  This event is available in person and on Zoom. To register for Zoom go to bit.ly/vplbanned

Free

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, culture, and censorship as it pertains to banned and challenged books. Teams will spread out throughout the store and take part in 5 rounds of ... Read More

Free

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 in anytime to check out our Banned Books displays, and be sure to join us for the BBW National Day of Action on Saturday, Oct. ... 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

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 lively discussions (if they choose) about the books they've read. It's the perfect blend of solitude and social interaction for book enthusiasts of all kinds. ... Read More

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