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 cut-throat (not really) trivia. Even if you think you know nothing about banned books, you will surprise yourself — and you just may win a prize!
“Every burned book enlightens the world!”
Instead of an entry fee, we are asking teams to bring a challenged or banned book (gently used or purchased brand new from our store) to donate to our Hygge House Book Nooks in the city of Worcester.
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.
Book bans in America are more widespread than ever. They must be stopped.
The Banned Wagon: A Vehicle for Change is road-tripping through the South on a mission to get books to the people who need and want them most. Our first stop: Georgia!
Stop by Charis Books & More to get a free banned book (options available for kids, teens, and adults) and merch from Out of Print, learn more about the issue, and join the movement!
And as a bonus, our Atlanta event will feature a Q&A and book signing with Atlantan Nic Stone, author of Dear Martin.
We’ll see you there!
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.
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 an understanding of and empathy for people who are different than themselves, which contributes to antisemitism, racism and all forms of bias.
Join ADL and AASL (American Association of School Librarians) to learn more about book challenges and bans and explore actions that can be taken.
Children’s book author Kelly Yang and a powerful group of panelists—including a teacher, high school student, librarian, and parent (from Florida Freedom to Read Project)—will address how book challenges and bans have impacted them in their unique roles and will discuss what we can do about what’s happening in schools and libraries. The program includes Q+A and a book giveaway of five banned books.