Tag: lgbtq

Banned Books Bingo

To celebrate Banned Books Week this year, we’re doing banned book-themed bingo night!

There will be 6 rounds, all different themes, and one winner per round. Winners will be awarded Strand goodies and prizes. The evening will be bookended (get it?!) by performances by our invited Queen of the Banned, SOL!

SOL is a Non-Binary Drag Queen from New York City. You can follow him on Instagram at @soldefinition

Darius C. Soler, professionally known as ‘SOL’ is an NYC born and bred entertainer. SOL initially discovered his love for the stage while performing in his church choir and various musicals. He is a graduate of the premier vocal program at the Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS) in Manhattan where he became a classically trained singer and performed at various venues throughout the city with the esteemed Songs of Solomon choir. Following High School, he attended Pennsylvania State University; where he majored in Integrative Arts and became a star soloist with the university’s The Essence of Joy, gospel choir. In addition to his vocal studies, he was also a member of the Urban Dance Troupe as well.

Last year, SOL came out as Non-Binary and it was the first time she felt authentically himself. With the help of his supportive community, he began to embrace drag as a performance outlet to inspire and entertain.

For SOL, everything in his life is centered around LOVE and LIGHT. More recently, he was selected to perform at BUSHWIG where he lit up the stage with her impeccable lip syncs and jaw-dropping dance moves (catch his performance on his Instagram). Drag has become an outlet to inspire and be inspired, and the world better watch out because SOL is here hunny and is ready for the WORLD!

For bookings and inquiries, email: solthedragqueen@gmail.com

Please Note: Limited food and drink (1 per ticket holder) will be provided. This event is 21+.

Books on the Chopping Block

Free Dramatic Readings by City Lit Theater Company of excerpts from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual freedom.

The program lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Schedule:

Sunday 9/23, 2:00PM – Sulzer Library
4455 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Monday 9/24, 6:30PM – Budlong Woods Library
5630 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Tuesday 9/25, 4:30PM – Edgewater Branch
6000 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL

Wednesday 9/26, 7:30PM – Mt. Prospect Library
10 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect, IL

Thursday, 9/27, 4:00PM – Lincoln-Belmont Branch – Chicago Public Library
1659 W. Melrose St., Chicago, IL

Thursday 9/27, 7:00PM – Evanston Public Library
1709 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL

Friday 9/28, 1:00PM – DePaul
2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 11:00AM – Bezazian Branch – Chicago Public Library
1226 W. Ainslie St., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 2:30PM – Lincolnwood Public Library
4000 W. Pratt Ave., Lincolnwood, IL

Books on the Chopping Block

Free Dramatic Readings by City Lit Theater Company of excerpts from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual freedom.

The program lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Schedule:

Sunday 9/23, 2:00PM – Sulzer Library
4455 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Monday 9/24, 6:30PM – Budlong Woods Library
5630 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Tuesday 9/25, 4:30PM – Edgewater Branch
6000 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL

Wednesday 9/26, 7:30PM – Mt. Prospect Library
10 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect, IL

Thursday, 9/27, 4:00PM – Lincoln-Belmont Branch – Chicago Public Library
1659 W. Melrose St., Chicago, IL

Thursday 9/27, 7:00PM – Evanston Public Library
1709 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL

Friday 9/28, 1:00PM – DePaul
2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 11:00AM – Bezazian Branch – Chicago Public Library
1226 W. Ainslie St., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 2:30PM – Lincolnwood Public Library
4000 W. Pratt Ave., Lincolnwood, IL

Books on the Chopping Block

Free Dramatic Readings by City Lit Theater Company of excerpts from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual freedom.

The program lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Schedule:

Sunday 9/23, 2:00PM – Sulzer Library
4455 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Monday 9/24, 6:30PM – Budlong Woods Library
5630 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Tuesday 9/25, 4:30PM – Edgewater Branch
6000 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL

Wednesday 9/26, 7:30PM – Mt. Prospect Library
10 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect, IL

Thursday, 9/27, 4:00PM – Lincoln-Belmont Branch – Chicago Public Library
1659 W. Melrose St., Chicago, IL

Thursday 9/27, 7:00PM – Evanston Public Library
1709 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL

Friday 9/28, 1:00PM – DePaul
2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 11:00AM – Bezazian Branch – Chicago Public Library
1226 W. Ainslie St., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 2:30PM – Lincolnwood Public Library
4000 W. Pratt Ave., Lincolnwood, IL

Books on the Chopping Block

Free Dramatic Readings by City Lit Theater Company of excerpts from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual freedom.

The program lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Schedule:

Sunday 9/23, 2:00PM – Sulzer Library
4455 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Monday 9/24, 6:30PM – Budlong Woods Library
5630 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Tuesday 9/25, 4:30PM – Edgewater Branch
6000 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL

Wednesday 9/26, 7:30PM – Mt. Prospect Library
10 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect, IL

Thursday, 9/27, 4:00PM – Lincoln-Belmont Branch – Chicago Public Library
1659 W. Melrose St., Chicago, IL

Thursday 9/27, 7:00PM – Evanston Public Library
1709 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL

Friday 9/28, 1:00PM – DePaul
2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 11:00AM – Bezazian Branch – Chicago Public Library
1226 W. Ainslie St., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 2:30PM – Lincolnwood Public Library
4000 W. Pratt Ave., Lincolnwood, IL

Books on the Chopping Block

Free Dramatic Readings by City Lit Theater Company of excerpts from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual freedom.

The program lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Schedule:

Sunday 9/23, 2:00PM – Sulzer Library
4455 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Monday 9/24, 6:30PM – Budlong Woods Library
5630 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Tuesday 9/25, 4:30PM – Edgewater Branch
6000 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL

Wednesday 9/26, 7:30PM – Mt. Prospect Library
10 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect, IL

Thursday, 9/27, 4:00PM – Lincoln-Belmont Branch – Chicago Public Library
1659 W. Melrose St., Chicago, IL

Thursday 9/27, 7:00PM – Evanston Public Library
1709 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL

Friday 9/28, 1:00PM – DePaul
2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 11:00AM – Bezazian Branch – Chicago Public Library
1226 W. Ainslie St., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 2:30PM – Lincolnwood Public Library
4000 W. Pratt Ave., Lincolnwood, IL

Books on the Chopping Block

Free Dramatic Readings by City Lit Theater Company of excerpts from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual freedom.

The program lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Schedule:

Sunday 9/23, 2:00PM – Sulzer Library
4455 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Monday 9/24, 6:30PM – Budlong Woods Library
5630 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Tuesday 9/25, 4:30PM – Edgewater Branch
6000 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL

Wednesday 9/26, 7:30PM – Mt. Prospect Library
10 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect, IL

Thursday, 9/27, 4:00PM – Lincoln-Belmont Branch – Chicago Public Library
1659 W. Melrose St., Chicago, IL

Thursday 9/27, 7:00PM – Evanston Public Library
1709 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL

Friday 9/28, 1:00PM – DePaul
2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 11:00AM – Bezazian Branch – Chicago Public Library
1226 W. Ainslie St., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 2:30PM – Lincolnwood Public Library
4000 W. Pratt Ave., Lincolnwood, IL

Books on the Chopping Block

Free Dramatic Readings by City Lit Theater Company of excerpts from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual freedom.

The program lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Schedule:

Sunday 9/23, 2:00PM – Sulzer Library
4455 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Monday 9/24, 6:30PM – Budlong Woods Library
5630 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Tuesday 9/25, 4:30PM – Edgewater Branch
6000 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL

Wednesday 9/26, 7:30PM – Mt. Prospect Library
10 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect, IL

Thursday, 9/27, 4:00PM – Lincoln-Belmont Branch – Chicago Public Library
1659 W. Melrose St., Chicago, IL

Thursday 9/27, 7:00PM – Evanston Public Library
1709 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL

Friday 9/28, 1:00PM – DePaul
2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 11:00AM – Bezazian Branch – Chicago Public Library
1226 W. Ainslie St., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 2:30PM – Lincolnwood Public Library
4000 W. Pratt Ave., Lincolnwood, IL

Books on the Chopping Block

Free Dramatic Readings by City Lit Theater Company of excerpts from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual freedom.

The program lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Schedule:

Sunday 9/23, 2:00PM – Sulzer Library
4455 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Monday 9/24, 6:30PM – Budlong Woods Library
5630 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Tuesday 9/25, 4:30PM – Edgewater Branch
6000 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL

Wednesday 9/26, 7:30PM – Mt. Prospect Library
10 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect, IL

Thursday, 9/27, 4:00PM – Lincoln-Belmont Branch – Chicago Public Library
1659 W. Melrose St., Chicago, IL

Thursday 9/27, 7:00PM – Evanston Public Library
1709 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL

Friday 9/28, 1:00PM – DePaul
2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 11:00AM – Bezazian Branch – Chicago Public Library
1226 W. Ainslie St., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 2:30PM – Lincolnwood Public Library
4000 W. Pratt Ave., Lincolnwood, IL

Books on the Chopping Block

Free Dramatic Readings by City Lit Theater Company of excerpts from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual freedom.

The program lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Schedule:

Sunday 9/23, 2:00PM – Sulzer Library
4455 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Monday 9/24, 6:30PM – Budlong Woods Library
5630 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Tuesday 9/25, 4:30PM – Edgewater Branch
6000 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL

Wednesday 9/26, 7:30PM – Mt. Prospect Library
10 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect, IL

Thursday, 9/27, 4:00PM – Lincoln-Belmont Branch – Chicago Public Library
1659 W. Melrose St., Chicago, IL

Thursday 9/27, 7:00PM – Evanston Public Library
1709 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL

Friday 9/28, 1:00PM – DePaul
2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 11:00AM – Bezazian Branch – Chicago Public Library
1226 W. Ainslie St., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 2:30PM – Lincolnwood Public Library
4000 W. Pratt Ave., Lincolnwood, IL

Books on the Chopping Block

Free Dramatic Readings by City Lit Theater Company of excerpts from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual freedom.

The program lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Schedule:

Sunday 9/23, 2:00PM – Sulzer Library
4455 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Monday 9/24, 6:30PM – Budlong Woods Library
5630 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Tuesday 9/25, 4:30PM – Edgewater Branch
6000 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL

Wednesday 9/26, 7:30PM – Mt. Prospect Library
10 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect, IL

Thursday, 9/27, 4:00PM – Lincoln-Belmont Branch – Chicago Public Library
1659 W. Melrose St., Chicago, IL

Thursday 9/27, 7:00PM – Evanston Public Library
1709 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL

Friday 9/28, 1:00PM – DePaul
2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 11:00AM – Bezazian Branch – Chicago Public Library
1226 W. Ainslie St., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 2:30PM – Lincolnwood Public Library
4000 W. Pratt Ave., Lincolnwood, IL

Books on the Chopping Block

Free Dramatic Readings by City Lit Theater Company of excerpts from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual freedom.

The program lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Schedule:

Sunday 9/23, 2:00PM – Sulzer Library
4455 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Monday 9/24, 6:30PM – Budlong Woods Library
5630 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Tuesday 9/25, 4:30PM – Edgewater Branch
6000 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL

Wednesday 9/26, 7:30PM – Mt. Prospect Library
10 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect, IL

Thursday, 9/27, 4:00PM – Lincoln-Belmont Branch – Chicago Public Library
1659 W. Melrose St., Chicago, IL

Thursday 9/27, 7:00PM – Evanston Public Library
1709 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL

Friday 9/28, 1:00PM – DePaul
2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 11:00AM – Bezazian Branch – Chicago Public Library
1226 W. Ainslie St., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 2:30PM – Lincolnwood Public Library
4000 W. Pratt Ave., Lincolnwood, IL

Books on the Chopping Block

Free Dramatic Readings by City Lit Theater Company of excerpts from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual freedom.

The program lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Schedule:

Sunday 9/23, 2:00PM – Sulzer Library
4455 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Monday 9/24, 6:30PM – Budlong Woods Library
5630 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Tuesday 9/25, 4:30PM – Edgewater Branch
6000 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL

Wednesday 9/26, 7:30PM – Mt. Prospect Library
10 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect, IL

Thursday, 9/27, 4:00PM – Lincoln-Belmont Branch – Chicago Public Library
1659 W. Melrose St., Chicago, IL

Thursday 9/27, 7:00PM – Evanston Public Library
1709 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL

Friday 9/28, 1:00PM – DePaul
2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 11:00AM – Bezazian Branch – Chicago Public Library
1226 W. Ainslie St., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 2:30PM – Lincolnwood Public Library
4000 W. Pratt Ave., Lincolnwood, IL

Books on the Chopping Block

Free Dramatic Readings by City Lit Theater Company of excerpts from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual freedom.

The program lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Schedule:

Sunday 9/23, 2:00PM – Sulzer Library
4455 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Monday 9/24, 6:30PM – Budlong Woods Library
5630 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Tuesday 9/25, 4:30PM – Edgewater Branch
6000 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL

Wednesday 9/26, 7:30PM – Mt. Prospect Library
10 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect, IL

Thursday, 9/27, 4:00PM – Lincoln-Belmont Branch – Chicago Public Library
1659 W. Melrose St., Chicago, IL

Thursday 9/27, 7:00PM – Evanston Public Library
1709 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL

Friday 9/28, 1:00PM – DePaul
2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 11:00AM – Bezazian Branch – Chicago Public Library
1226 W. Ainslie St., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 2:30PM – Lincolnwood Public Library
4000 W. Pratt Ave., Lincolnwood, IL

Books on the Chopping Block

Free Dramatic Readings by City Lit Theater Company of excerpts from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual freedom.

The program lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Schedule:

Sunday 9/23, 2:00PM – Sulzer Library
4455 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Monday 9/24, 6:30PM – Budlong Woods Library
5630 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Tuesday 9/25, 4:30PM – Edgewater Branch
6000 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL

Wednesday 9/26, 7:30PM – Mt. Prospect Library
10 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect, IL

Thursday, 9/27, 4:00PM – Lincoln-Belmont Branch – Chicago Public Library
1659 W. Melrose St., Chicago, IL

Thursday 9/27, 7:00PM – Evanston Public Library
1709 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL

Friday 9/28, 1:00PM – DePaul
2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 11:00AM – Bezazian Branch – Chicago Public Library
1226 W. Ainslie St., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 2:30PM – Lincolnwood Public Library
4000 W. Pratt Ave., Lincolnwood, IL

Books on the Chopping Block

Free Dramatic Readings by City Lit Theater Company of excerpts from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual freedom.

The program lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Schedule:

Sunday 9/23, 2:00PM – Sulzer Library
4455 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Monday 9/24, 6:30PM – Budlong Woods Library
5630 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Tuesday 9/25, 4:30PM – Edgewater Branch
6000 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL

Wednesday 9/26, 7:30PM – Mt. Prospect Library
10 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect, IL

Thursday, 9/27, 4:00PM – Lincoln-Belmont Branch – Chicago Public Library
1659 W. Melrose St., Chicago, IL

Thursday 9/27, 7:00PM – Evanston Public Library
1709 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL

Friday 9/28, 1:00PM – DePaul
2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 11:00AM – Bezazian Branch – Chicago Public Library
1226 W. Ainslie St., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 2:30PM – Lincolnwood Public Library
4000 W. Pratt Ave., Lincolnwood, IL

Books on the Chopping Block

Free Dramatic Readings by City Lit Theater Company of excerpts from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual freedom.

The program lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Schedule:

Sunday 9/23, 2:00PM – Sulzer Library
4455 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Monday 9/24, 6:30PM – Budlong Woods Library
5630 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Tuesday 9/25, 4:30PM – Edgewater Branch
6000 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL

Wednesday 9/26, 7:30PM – Mt. Prospect Library
10 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect, IL

Thursday, 9/27, 4:00PM – Lincoln-Belmont Branch – Chicago Public Library
1659 W. Melrose St., Chicago, IL

Thursday 9/27, 7:00PM – Evanston Public Library
1709 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL

Friday 9/28, 1:00PM – DePaul
2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 11:00AM – Bezazian Branch – Chicago Public Library
1226 W. Ainslie St., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 2:30PM – Lincolnwood Public Library
4000 W. Pratt Ave., Lincolnwood, IL

Books on the Chopping Block

Free Dramatic Readings by City Lit Theater Company of excerpts from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual freedom.

The program lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Schedule:

Sunday 9/23, 2:00PM – Sulzer Library
4455 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Monday 9/24, 6:30PM – Budlong Woods Library
5630 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Tuesday 9/25, 4:30PM – Edgewater Branch
6000 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL

Wednesday 9/26, 7:30PM – Mt. Prospect Library
10 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect, IL

Thursday, 9/27, 4:00PM – Lincoln-Belmont Branch – Chicago Public Library
1659 W. Melrose St., Chicago, IL

Thursday 9/27, 7:00PM – Evanston Public Library
1709 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL

Friday 9/28, 1:00PM – DePaul
2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 11:00AM – Bezazian Branch – Chicago Public Library
1226 W. Ainslie St., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 2:30PM – Lincolnwood Public Library
4000 W. Pratt Ave., Lincolnwood, IL

Books on the Chopping Block

Free Dramatic Readings by City Lit Theater Company of excerpts from the Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books in America, as compiled by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual freedom.

The program lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Schedule:

Sunday 9/23, 2:00PM – Sulzer Library
4455 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Monday 9/24, 6:30PM – Budlong Woods Library
5630 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Tuesday 9/25, 4:30PM – Edgewater Branch
6000 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL

Wednesday 9/26, 7:30PM – Mt. Prospect Library
10 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect, IL

Thursday, 9/27, 4:00PM – Lincoln-Belmont Branch – Chicago Public Library
1659 W. Melrose St., Chicago, IL

Thursday 9/27, 7:00PM – Evanston Public Library
1709 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL

Friday 9/28, 1:00PM – DePaul
2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 11:00AM – Bezazian Branch – Chicago Public Library
1226 W. Ainslie St., Chicago, IL

Saturday 9/29, 2:30PM – Lincolnwood Public Library
4000 W. Pratt Ave., Lincolnwood, IL

Local Pastors Attempt to Ban Books from Banned Books Display at Maine Public Library

Banned books display at Rumford Public Library (via Twitter user Katje Fae @katjefae)

A group of pastors in Rumford, Maine are attempting to have LGBTQ books banned from the Rumford Public Library’s display of banned books. The library is holding a board meeting today, where the controversy will be discussed. The National Coalition Against Censorship and Comic Book Legal Defense Fund support Rumford Public Library’s display and freedom to choose how best to serve their community. NCAC and CBLDF oppose efforts to limit a whole community’s access to books based on the personal viewpoints or religious beliefs of some groups or individuals in that community. As public institutions, libraries are obligated not to discriminate on the basis of viewpoint or sexual orientation.

The display coincides with Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read, highlighting books that often draw challenges in schools and libraries. Half of the books on this year’s American Library Association Top 10 Banned Books list tell stories of LGBTQ characters. Books representing a wide variety of experiences and voices allow readers, particularly children, to find connection, safely explore unfamiliar ideas, and broaden their understanding of the world.

This article was originally posted by the National Coalition Against Censorship. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has posted additional information and a statement from Executive Director Charles Brownstein here.

Banned Spotlight: Drama

One would think there wouldn’t be much controversy around a bestselling graphic novel about a middle school play — a graphic novel that includes no profanity, drug or alcohol use, or sexual content. But Raina Telgemeier’s acclaimed and immensely popular Drama has been on the hit lists of a number of would-be censors, who claim the book is offensive because it includes LGBTQ characters. Drama held the #3 spot on ALA’s top ten challenged books list in 2017, and it also had the dubious honor of appearing on the 2016 list for offensive political viewpoint and the 2014 list for being sexually explicit.

Callie, the protagonist of Drama, loves the theater, but she’s no singer, so she’s the set designer for her school’s production of Moon Over Mississippi. But she doesn’t know much about carpentry, and there’s no way she can afford Broadway production on a middle-school budget. Callie befriends two cute twin brothers: Justin, who is openly gay, and Jesse, who is still struggling with his sexual identity. In the course of the story, Jesse ends up assuming a female role in the play because the original actress cannot perform, and he shares a chaste kiss on stage with another male character.

Drama, which was published in 2012, won the Stonewall Honor and was nominated for a Harvey Award. It was listed as a Best Book of 2012 by School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and The Washington Post. The New Times and Booklist included it on their Editor’s Choice lists, and NPR named it a great summer read for teens.

Drama has been banned on multiple occasions in Texas. The state ACLU releases an annual banned books report, usually in conjunction with Banned Books Week. In the 2016-17 school year, Drama was the only banned book in the Texas ACLU’s findings. It was removed from the Franklin Independent School District. It was also banned from Chapel Hill Elementary in Mount Pleasant in 2014-15, as well as Kirbyville Middle School in 2015-16.

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has also helped defuse a number of potential challenges to the book and provides resources in support of it:

Find more of ALA OIF’s top ten challenged and banned lists here.