In the book shop we will have a Banned Book Display and a game of “Guess the Banned Book.” There will be a jar on the counter with shredded pages from a banned book. Patrons can enter the drawing by trying to guess the name of the banned book. A winner will be drawn on Saturday, October 2. Also in the store on October 2, we will have readings throughout the day from banned books.
Online we will highlight staff members and their favorite banned books as well as post a daily trivia question about banned books.
Chicago’s City Lit Theater is teaming with the American Library Association for Books on the Chopping Block, a series of virtual events featuring dramatic readings from banned and challenged books. Keep reading to check out the trailer for the series!
Three virtual events are scheduled so far:
American Library Association Facebook Live Event: Sunday, September 27, at 2:00 p.m. CDT
DePaul University: Wednesday, September 30, at 1:00 p.m. CDT
Mount Prospect Library: Tuesday, October 1, at 7:00 p.m. CDT (pre-recorded)
There’s still time to take part in the series, so if you are a library and would like to host an online performance, please contact City Lit’s Katy Nielsen at email@example.com
City Lit and ALA have partnered on this celebration of Banned Books Week since 2006, with special events, libraries, and bookstores in and around Chicago in previous years. “Our focus is literate theatre, so we are naturally concerned by attempts to keep books away from people,” say City Lit Artistic Director Terry McCabe. “We are privileged to continue our alliance with the ALA in this important work.”
Find out more about Books on the Chopping Block here.
Banned Books Week is the annual celebration of the freedom to read. The event is sponsored by a coalition of organizations dedicated to free expression, including American Booksellers Association; American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of University Presses; Authors Guild; Comic Book Legal Defense Fund; Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE); Freedom to Read Foundation; Index on Censorship; National Coalition Against Censorship; National Council of Teachers of English; PEN America; People For the American Way Foundation; and Project Censored. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Banned Books Week also receives generous support from DKT Liberty Project and Penguin Random House.