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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 (OH) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated has the perfect FREE MIDS Impact Day of Service designed just for you, family, and friends! ... 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 out by reading a passage from a banned book of your choice. We encourage you to also discuss your personal feelings about the book you ... 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 minorities) are generally overrepresented among banned and challenged books; in 2015, 9 of the 10 most challenged books fell into this category. To bring awareness ... Read More

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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 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

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Banned Book Week Events and Resources at Ink-a-Dink Bookstore

Virtual Event

Supporting Banned Book Week Childress Ink Product Development Company and our affiliate online bookstore, Ink-a-Dink.com, brings attention to book banning and reasons why you need to care. We are strongly against book bans of any kind. Rather, these books are needed and necessary and serve as opportunities for much-needed dialog and discussion, a subject I ... Read More

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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 lift up the books and stories that reflect and change people’s lives! Come to the 2-day banned books festival organized by Unitarian Universalist faith communities ... Read More

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 banned titles. This is a family friendly event, and we invite everyone to celebrate great books, bring awareness to the dangers of censorship, and encourage ... 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 panelists include: Keesha Ceran of Social Justice Books, 2022 SLJ Librarian of the Year K.C. Boyd, and two of Shout Mouse Press authors, Sasa Aakil ... 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, October 2, at 11am, and at the Reese Library on Tuesday, October 3, at 11am. Attendees are welcome to join library staff in reading aloud ... Read More

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The Dangers & Consequences of Banning Books – Dealing with Gender and Sexuality

Crane Branch Library - Buffalo & Erie County Public Library 633 Elmwood Ave, BUFFALO, NY, United States

An interview and discussion with Weston Brown at Buffalo's Crane Branch Library. Weston will discuss growing up homeschooled and denied books with representation, being cut off from his family after coming out, and his rise as an advocate for books against a mother determined to erase queer representation from schools and libraries.

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Banned Books Week and Enchanted Books

Enchanted Books 532 MAINE ST, QUINCY,, United States

Stop in and shop, grab some swag, and get 15% off all banned books! Check out our display, read the conversation cards and shelf talkers and let us know what you think!

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 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, October 2, at 11am, and at the Reese Library on Tuesday, October 3, at 11am. Attendees are welcome to join library staff in reading aloud ... 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, race, gender, and other topics. All are welcome. Join us on the Diag in front of the Hatcher Library at the University of Michigan, Ann ... Read More

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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!

Off the Shelf: Book Bans, Challenges and Promoting Inclusive Literature

Virtual Event

Book challenges and bans have been increasing across the country, both in schools and districts where laws have been passed, but also where no formal rules, restrictions or laws exist. When large scale book bans take place, it affects young people's ability to see themselves reflected in books. It also impacts their ability to gain ... 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 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

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Banned Books Week and Enchanted Books

Enchanted Books 532 MAINE ST, QUINCY,, United States

Stop in and shop, grab some swag, and get 15% off all banned books! Check out our display, read the conversation cards and shelf talkers and let us know what you think!

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 Arapahoe Community College Littleton Campus or virtually via Zoom at https://arapahoe-edu.zoom.us/j/82762544445 Nicole Sullivan is the owner of The Bookies bookstore and BookBar Press. She is ... 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 opening of our own campus "little banned books library," with a discussion of how reading banned books can be a form of advocacy and activism. ... 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, race, gender, and other topics. All are welcome. Join us on the Diag in front of the Hatcher Library at the University of Michigan, Ann ... Read More

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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 we'll be celebrating Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read! There will be crafts, giveaways, and trivia!

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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 include Syracuse University Libraries, College of Arts and Sciences Department of English, Department of Languages and Linguistics, Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition, Department ... Read More

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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 Bookstore has partnered with the Karpeles Museum to help spread awareness and education on banned books, why they are banned, which books are being challenged ... 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 to defend our right to read. Join Wayne State University’s School of Information Sciences’ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Program Planning Committee for the panel ... Read More

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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 all are welcome to attend! Hear from community members and experts as they discuss economic inequality, book banning, voter suppression, and the marginalization of Black ... Read More

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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, will focus on the affect of banned and challenged books on the community, as well as touch on the role of advocacy in fighting these ... Read More

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Banned Books Week and Enchanted Books

Enchanted Books 532 MAINE ST, QUINCY,, United States

Stop in and shop, grab some swag, and get 15% off all banned books! Check out our display, read the conversation cards and shelf talkers and let us know what you think!

Twitter Space: Why We Need More (Not Less) Complex Racial and Ethnic Representation in Grade School Books

Virtual Event

Now more than ever, we need more — not less — authentic racial and ethnic representation in our school texts. To push back against this growing censorship movement, Ed Trust is hosting a conversation, Why We Need More (Not Less) Complex Racial and Ethnic Representation in Grade School Books, to discuss the challenges of 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, race, gender, and other topics. All are welcome. Join us on the Diag in front of the Hatcher Library at the University of Michigan, Ann ... Read More

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Join Award-Winning Author Isabel Quintero Live on Instagram

Virtual Event

Join us! We're celebrating Banned Books week with an Instagram Live on Thursday, October 5th at 3 PM EST / 12 PM PST. Author Isabel Quintero will be joining us to chat about her Morris Award-winning book, GABI, A GIRL IN PIECES, plus all things banned books. You won't want to miss it.

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How They Did It: Community-Based Efforts to Defend Public Libraries

Virtual Event

How They Did It Thursday, October 5th, 2023 (6:00PM - 7:30PM Eastern) Join For the People Leftist Library Project for a dynamic how-to session focused on local organizer efforts to strengthen and defend public libraries. We'll hear firsthand accounts from the Hennepin County Library Patrons Union and Louisiana Citizens Against Censorship. Discover how these organizations threw themselves into the struggle, ... Read More

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 who will share readings from titles that have been banned or challenged in the past 60 years. This in-person event will be streamed via Zoom. ... 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 challenge for anyone who would like to participate and award prizes for the winners! Come early for Quincy Hall’s 3-day fermented pizza dough or stay ... Read More

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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

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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 banned books. Teams of up to four can work together. E-mail kfarrell@jmrl.org for more info or to register.

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 author Andrea Loney, and La Cañada Flintridge Public Library manager Mark Totten. From their unique perspectives, panelists will explore this polarizing issue and discuss, among ... Read More

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Banned Books Week and Enchanted Books

Enchanted Books 532 MAINE ST, QUINCY,, United States

Stop in and shop, grab some swag, and get 15% off all banned books! Check out our display, read the conversation cards and shelf talkers and let us know what you think!

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

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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 readers include undergraduate Sawyer Sussner and MFA candidates Kumari Devarajan and Lela Ni.  Lydia Conklin has received a Stegner Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s ... Read More

Freedom to Read: NYC Library Leaders on Censorship & Photographs by Kimberly Butler

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL), 7th Floor Event Center 455 5th Ave, New York, United States

Join The New York Public Library during Banned Books Week for a discussion about censorship in literature and the pivotal role public libraries play in championing the right to access a range of perspectives and ideas. Plus, discover photographs by Kimberly Butler, whose work explores censorship and banned books through visual media. This event will take ... Read More

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  writers and readers at a new local event titled “Let Freedom Read: A Celebration of Banned Books.”  The celebration will include short readings from books ... 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, 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

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Banned Books & Birthday Bones Bash at Dungeon’s Gate!

Dungeon's Gate 2525 N Ankeny Blvd, Ste 101, Ankeny, IA, United States

Join us at Dungeon's Gate Saturday October 7, from 10-10 & help us celebrate Banned Books Week *AND* Olive's 4th Birthday at our Banned Books & Birthday Bones Bash!!! Enjoy Birthday Bone Treats! Join Olive for a Banned Books Read-In, at 1 PM & at 4 PM, featuring banned picture books: Red, A Crayon's Story ... Read More

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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 ages at Sidecar Home Market in Downtown DeLand. Special thanks to Sidecar Home Market, The DeLand Quakers, The West Volusia Beacon, The Muse Bookshop, The ... 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 will be hosting a Read Out from 12-2 pm. What is a banned read out? It's a gathering of people who stand with the banned ... Read More

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Banned Books Week and Enchanted Books

Enchanted Books 532 MAINE ST, QUINCY,, United States

Stop in and shop, grab some swag, and get 15% off all banned books! Check out our display, read the conversation cards and shelf talkers and let us know what you think!

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 Chickens, which has been the subject of challenges and bans. A chicken-themed craft is to follow. Local independent bookstore Bookie's will be selling copies of the ... Read More

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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.

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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 books from across Louisiana!

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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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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 together to read passages of their favorite banned book.

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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 American Policy Forum Summer School 2023*** ------------------------------------------------------- Greetings from Nicole Anderson Cobb, PhD, Convener, Freedom Readers Book Club of Champaign-Urbana! I have launched this book ... 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 Book Association and Delray Beach Public Library.

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A Story Like Mine: A Webinar About Inclusive Books

Virtual Event

Books are one of the first tools kids use to learn about the world around them. In honor of National Book Month and Banned Books Week, you’re invited to join children's literacy nonprofit SMART Reading and some special guests for a free webinar about why getting inclusive books into the hands and homes of children ... 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 array of work celebrating the power of books to expand imaginations, open paths to empathy, and act as bulwarks against fear and misunderstanding. The dramatic ... Read More

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