Tag: intellectual freedom

Banned Books Week Celebration at AFK Books & Records

Every year, we’re excited to join book lovers from across Virginia to celebrate the freedom to read and call attention to the wealth of creativity that is stifled when books are forbidden from library shelves.

This year’s Banned Books Week is from Sept. 22 – Sept. 28, but the fight for intellectual freedom takes place every day in every county in Virginia. That’s why we’re joining hands with independent bookstores across the Commonwealth to celebrate Banned Books Week and shine a spotlight on this important issue. Join us at AFK Books & Records on Sunday, Sept. 29, 1:00 p.m. to reflect on the freedom to read and take a stand against the government’s attempt to stifle speech and control what we should read, think, and value.

We will be there to talk about government censorship, what it looks like in public schools and public libraries, and what you can do about it. Additionally, we will discuss efforts to ban books in prisons and jails in Virginia and how you can help expand access to books behind bars.

Come have a chat with us and take home some swag!

Banned Books Week Celebration at One More Page Books

Every year, we’re excited to join book lovers from across Virginia to celebrate the freedom to read and call attention to the wealth of creativity that is stifled when books are forbidden from library shelves.

This year’s Banned Books Week is from Sept. 22 – Sept. 28, but the fight for intellectual freedom takes place every day in every county in Virgina. To keep up the spirit of Banned Books Week, join us at One More Page Books on Saturday, Sept. 28 to reflect on the freedom to read and take a stand against the government’s attempt to stifle speech and control what we should read, think, and value.

Our attorney Nicole Tortoriello will be there to talk about government censorship, what it looks like in public schools and public libraries, and what you can do about it. Additionally, we will discuss efforts to ban books in prisons and jails in Virginia and how you can help expand access to books behind bars.

Come have a chat with us and take home some swag!

Banned Books Week Celebration at Hooray For Books!

Every year, we’re excited to join book lovers from across Virginia to celebrate the freedom to read and call attention to the wealth of creativity that is stifled when books are forbidden from library shelves.

This year’s Banned Books Week is from Sept. 22 – Sept. 28, but the fight for intellectual freedom takes place every day in every county in Virginia. That’s why we’re joining hands with independent bookstores across the Commonwealth to celebrate Banned Books Week and shine a spotlight on this important issue. Join us at Hooray For Books! on Thursday, Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m. to reflect on the freedom to read and take a stand against the government’s attempt to stifle speech and control what we should read, think, and value.

Our attorney Nicole Tortoriello will be there to talk about government censorship, what it looks like in public schools and public libraries, and what you can do about it. Additionally, we will discuss efforts to ban books in prisons and jails in Virginia and how you can help expand access to books behind bars.

Come have a chat with us and take home some swag!

Collin College’s 7th Annual Celebration of the Freedom to Read

Please join us for Collin College’s annual Banned Books Week celebration, a fun, interactive event with faculty and student readings of challenged, banned, and/or censored works and an exciting trivia competition with trophies and some fabulous prizes and trophies. This year there will also be a special dance performance by the Collin Dance Ensemble entitled, “Censorship is a Beast,” choreographed by Dance Professor Tiffanee Arnold!  Pizza will be served.  All are invited and welcome.  Free admission.

For more information, please contact Dr. Diana C. Gingo, Collin College’s Banned Books Week Committee Chair at dgingo@collin.edu.

Webinar: Banned Books 101

Did you know that hundreds of books are banned and challenged every year? In fact, you probably have some banned books on your own bookshelf! In this Banned Books Week webinar:

  • discover why some popular titles have been banned;
  • learn about the different ways a book can be censored;
  • hear stories about students who stood up for the freedom to read; and
  • find out how YOU can celebrate Banned Books Week

At the end of the program, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom Interim Director Deborah Caldwell-Stone and Assistant Director Kristin Pekoll can answer your questions about banned books, censorship, and libraries.

Sep 25, 2019 01:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

Register here!

Kristin Pekoll
Kristin Pekoll is Assistant Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. She is dedicated to promoting the right to read and providing education about intellectual freedom and the First Amendment. She is the author of “Beyond Banned Books: Defending Intellectual Freedom throughout Your Library” published by ALA Editions in 2019 (http://bit.do/pekoll). Kristin shines a light on current challenges in libraries and schools and advocates for access to information through blogs, social media and presentations. As a former public librarian, she is most passionate about supporting teachers and librarians on the front lines.

About Deborah Caldwell-Stone
Deborah Caldwell-Stone is Interim Director of the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation. She is a recovering attorney and former appellate litigator who works closely with librarians, library trustees and educators on a wide range of intellectual freedom and privacy issues, including censorship of library resources, book challenges, internet filtering, meeting room policies, government surveillance, and the impact of new technologies on library patrons’ privacy and confidentiality. She has served on the faculty of the ALA-sponsored Lawyers for Libraries and Law for Librarians workshops and speaks frequently to librarians and library organizations around the country about intellectual freedom and privacy in libraries. She is a contributor to the 9th edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual and has contributed articles on law, policy, and intellectual freedom to American Libraries and other publications.

2019 Book Fair & Brunch

Celebrate Richmond’s independent book stores at Blue Bee Cider’s third annual Book Fair & Brunch! Peruse reading selections and chat with our friends from Black Swan Books, Book People Richmond, Chop Suey Books, and Fountain Bookstore, Inc. Learn about local adult literacy efforts by The READ Center, and discuss Banned Books Week with the ACLU of Virginia.

Enjoy live readings by James River Writers (1 p.m.) and River City Poets (3 p.m.), with brunch fare from Cafe Zata. Cheers!

ALA Helps Libraries ‘Keep the Light On’ During Banned Books Week

Don’t be left in the dark this Banned Books Week (Sept. 22-28, 2019). The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) offers several resources and activities for libraries and readers that highlight the Banned Books Week 2019 theme “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark. Keep the Light On.”

Programs

The Dear Banned Author letter-writing campaign encourages readers to reach out to banned or challenged authors via letters, emails, and tweets. The program aims to raise awareness of books that are threatened with censorship and ignite discussions about the essential access to a variety of library materials. Authors have also shared fan letters as support when there’s a public challenge to their books.

Libraries are invited to host letter-writing programs. Printable postcards and author mailing addresses can be found on the Dear Banned Author webpage. Eligible tweets to or about banned and challenged authors with the hashtag #DearBannedAuthor will be entered into a drawing to win Banned Books Week materials. Learn more and read the Official Rules before entering.

Readers and libraries can also support the power of words onscreen. The annual Stand for the Banned Read-out invites readers to film themselves reading banned books or talking about censorship. Videos are highlighted on the Banned Books Week YouTube channel.

Webinars

OIF staff will explore censorship themes with two free webinars designed for libraries and schools to stream as programs during Banned Books Week celebrations. Anyone is welcome to register and attend.

  • Ask Me Anything About Censorship
    • Streaming: Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. CST
    • OIF Assistant Director Kristin Pekoll will briefly explore banned book and censorship history, along with ways readers can stay alert about censorship. Attendees are invited to ask questions during the second half of the discussion.

  • Banned Books 101
    • Streaming: Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. CST
    • With a suggested audience of students grades 6-12 and young adults, the webinar will review recent challenges to titles, the ways a book can be censored, and stories of students who stood up for the freedom to read. The webinar is led by OIF Interim Director Deborah Caldwell-Stone and Pekoll.

Library workers are invited to join the free webinar “Three Ways Librarians Can Combat Censorship” on Monday, Sept. 23, hosted by SAGE Publishing, Index on Censorship magazine, and OIF. During the webinar, librarians will share their experiences and tips with navigating censorship. The webinar will also highlight how contested books can engage readers in constructive conversations.

Promotional Materials

There are several places to find materials to celebrate Banned Books Week. Digital posters, glow-in-the-dark buttons, bookmarks, stickers, and more are available on the ALA Store. OIF’s Free Downloads webpage offers social media shareables, coloring sheets, and videos.

In celebration of Banned Books Week, banned book T-shirts on the ALA Store will be marked down to $7 starting Sept. 20.

Communities

The Celebrating Banned Books Week Facebook group offers a space for readers, library workers, educators, and booksellers to share programming, promotion, and display ideas. Members can also highlight how their community is celebrating the freedom to read. Facebook pages and Facebook users are invited to join the group by answering two questions.

Those celebrating Banned Books Week can also submit their program information to be displayed on Banned Books Week Coalition Events Calendar. The calendar allows readers to search for events in their local area.