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Banned Books Bash

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 by reading aloud or listening as others read passages from select banned books
  • 2 PM — Banned Book BINGO
    • Play along and you may just win a prize!

All day long, we’ll have a banned book challenge, and the banned book tasting will continue — plus 10% off all banned books and banned book apparel, freebies, and BLIND DATES WITH BANNED BOOKS.

The 2023 Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival

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 4 pm at the Chappaqua Train Station in Chappaqua, New York. This year’s Festival will be the largest one yet, with 180 authors in attendance and celebrity authors Mary Pope Osborne and Alan Gratz leading the charge.  We look forward to introducing the community to new writers joining us this year, such as Alex Gino, and reconnecting with returning authors, such as Bryan Collier. Admission and parking are free, and the event will be held rain or shine (http://www.ccbfestival.org/).

In its tenth year, the annual festival, promoting community, inclusivity, and literacy, will have a dedicated banned book section, where we will display banned books by 30 of our attending authors. The table will also hold copies of a list of banned books available at the festival and where the authors can be found if families would like to meet them and support them. There will also be a sign explaining how attendees can purchase banned books for groups that provide banned books to readers. Some of the authors and their books to be showcased in our banned book area include Jerry Kraft’s New Kid, Kyle Lukoff’s Call Me Max, Maulik Pancholy’s The Best At It, plus 27 others that we can’t wait for visitors to have a chance to see.

We also will have authors covering different reading levels and multiple genres, including a larger selection of graphic novels than in years past, LGTBQ themes, and books that celebrate diversity.  We will have author readings and special presentations, illustrator Demos, Book Signings, a bubble bus, and books for sale. This year, food will be available from gourmet food trucks and our local Chappaqua Farmers Market. CCBF will support literacy programs in area schools.

Some of our favorite authors returning this year include fan favorite Pinkalicious author Victoria Kann and Sonja Cherry-Paul, author of Stamped (For Kids), an adaptation of Ibram X. Kendi’s New York Times bestseller that introduces kids to the history of racism and antiracism in America.

We have several authors joining us this year who are new to CCBF, and we are so excited! Mary Pope Osborne, the author of The Magic Tree House series, is our headlining author. Also new to the festival is Alan Gratz, New York Times bestselling author of 19 children’s novels, and Maulik Pancholy, a well-known actor from NBC’s 30 Rock and award-winning children’s book author. Mr. Pancholy recently released his newest novel, Nikhil Out Loud, and his previous book, middle-grade novel The Best At It, is a Stonewall Honor Award winner.

Our tenth-anniversary celebration festival poster was created by popular and prolific author/illustrator Mark Teague. Mark is an author and illustrator of over 40 books, including the First Graders from Mars series and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?

Joining as a sponsor to celebrate our 10th anniversary is KidLit TV, an educator-led organization that reinforces an appreciation of reading for children through its web-based television. Programming and videos that are seen in over 700,000 schools nationwide.

The Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival is a grassroots, all-volunteer effort, with community members working together so children and teens can be inspired by their favorite authors. The festival gives kids and families a chance to meet and interact with the creators of their favorite characters and to appreciate that there is a real person behind the art and the words on the page.

For more information, visit http://www.ccbfestival.org/ or follow the CCBF at https://www.facebook.com/chappaquabookfestival/

Banned Book Week Event

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 and much more. The museum will be featuring their limited first edition signed copies of various banned books, including Fahrenheit 451, Alice in Wonderland, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and many many more.

Admission is FREE, and RSVPs are encouraged. Writer’s Block Bookstore will be selling banned books at the event, while the Karpeles Museum will be offering guided tours throughout the exhibits. This is an open house from 4-7 PM. The last tour group will begin at 6:30 PM.

Banned Books Reading & Book Swap

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 Book Swap Oct. 14 to educate about the dangers of book bans and how to push back against them. Participants are encouraged to bring a banned book of their choice to read from or swap at the event.

This event will include featured readers who will share an excerpt from their favorite banned book and an open mic portion. Following this, UTU will offer banned books for sale with a selection available to swap for free.

When: Saturday, October 14, 12-1:30 pm 

Where: Rose Wagner Theater, 138 W Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

This year’s banned book week, themed “Let Freedom Read” is Oct. 1-7. One such example of bans in Utah is H.B. 374. Under the Umbrella is a small bookstore and community space with access to LGBTQ+ literature, some of which are the topic of book bans here and around America. The bookstore understands books as important tools for understanding complex issues. By hosting this event, UTU hopes to bring together a community of book lovers and bring awareness to the threat book bans pose.

About Under the Umbrella Bookstore

Under the Umbrella is Utah’s only queer bookstore, sharing and celebrating queer books written by queer authors and offering a safe, sober, and accessible space for 2SLGBTQIA+ people to gather.

About Damn These Heels

Damn These Heels, produced by Utah Film Center, is an annual festival that explores LGBTQ issues, ideas, and art by showcasing dramatic and documentary films from around the world. 

Banned Books Panel Discussion at River Bookshop

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.


  • Adam Craig, Chief Librarian, Essex County Library
  • Vicki Houston, Director, Greater Essex County District School Board
  • Dr Selinda Berg, Librarian, University of Windsor
  • Video contribution from Vickery Bowles, City Librarian, Toronto Public Library

Come and join us for a lively discussion about the increasingly prevalent practice of banning books, why it matters, and what can be done about it.

This event is completely free to attend, but requires registration on Eventbrite. To register to watch on Zoom, please email info@riverbookshop.com instead, to be added to our virtual list.

Loutit District Library Banned Books Display

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 will be two randomly drawn winners of a Banned Books prize pack from those who complete the challenge.

How do we keep talking with our neighbors?

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 difficult?

Join us for an online panel discussion with a group of extraordinary people who work with and in Maine’s libraries, ready to share how they make room for curiosity and connection around difficult things, even when there’s fear and extremity in the air.