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The BookFest Fall 2023

Virtual Event

The BookFest Fall 2023 draws readers, writers, and the literary community together October 21-22, 2023, for its eighth biannual virtual event. The BookFest is a driving force in delivering vital conversations and experiences for the writing and reading communities. Day One features programming for readers, while Day Two is designed for writers. Panel discussions, conversations, ... Read More

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A Story Like Mine: A Webinar About Inclusive Books

Virtual Event

Books are one of the first tools kids use to learn about the world around them. In honor of National Book Month and Banned Books Week, you’re invited to join children's literacy nonprofit SMART Reading and some special guests for a free webinar about why getting inclusive books into the hands and homes of children ... Read More

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Lunch & Learn: Banned Books

Virtual Event +1 more

Join us for our Banned Books Lunch and Learn on October 6th at 12 p.m. We will be discussing the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of Banned Books  This event is available in person and on Zoom. To register for Zoom go to bit.ly/vplbanned

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Banned Books Book Club

Virtual Event

Book to be reviewed Ruby Bridges’s This is Your Time, New York Times bestseller and CBC Kid’s Book Choice Award Winner. Also: banned book. This is Your Time will electrify people of all ages as the struggles for liberty and justice for all continues and the powerful legacy of Ruby Bridges endures.

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Banned Books Panel Discussion at River Bookshop

Virtual Event +1 more

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. Featuring: Adam Craig, Chief Librarian, Essex County Library Vicki Houston, Director, Greater Essex County District School Board Dr ... Read More

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Caffè Lena Presents 60 Years of Banned Books

Saratoga Springs Public Library 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs, NY, United States +1 more

Caffè Lena and the Saratoga Springs Public Library join together to celebrate Banned Books Week. On October 5, enjoy music from Reese Fulmer and Dan Berggren, as well as local authors who will share readings from titles that have been banned or challenged in the past 60 years. This in-person event will be streamed via Zoom. ... Read More

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How They Did It: Community-Based Efforts to Defend Public Libraries

Virtual Event

How They Did It Thursday, October 5th, 2023 (6:00PM - 7:30PM Eastern) Join For the People Leftist Library Project for a dynamic how-to session focused on local organizer efforts to strengthen and defend public libraries. We'll hear firsthand accounts from the Hennepin County Library Patrons Union and Louisiana Citizens Against Censorship. Discover how these organizations threw themselves into the struggle, ... Read More

“Why your voice matters, even as censorship increases”

Virtual Event

As censorship continues to grow and evolve across the United States, what should we, the people, know? What can we do to ensure that our public resources, including libraries, remain places of intellectual freedom? We'll talk about perceptions of the public library, book bans, and the movement to push back. Join noted experts Kelly Jensen from Book Riot and John Chrastka from EveryLibrary ... Read More

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How do we keep talking with our neighbors?

Virtual Event

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 ... Read More

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Join Award-Winning Author Isabel Quintero Live on Instagram

Virtual Event

Join us! We're celebrating Banned Books week with an Instagram Live on Thursday, October 5th at 3 PM EST / 12 PM PST. Author Isabel Quintero will be joining us to chat about her Morris Award-winning book, GABI, A GIRL IN PIECES, plus all things banned books. You won't want to miss it.

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Twitter Space: Why We Need More (Not Less) Complex Racial and Ethnic Representation in Grade School Books

Virtual Event

Now more than ever, we need more — not less — authentic racial and ethnic representation in our school texts. To push back against this growing censorship movement, Ed Trust is hosting a conversation, Why We Need More (Not Less) Complex Racial and Ethnic Representation in Grade School Books, to discuss the challenges of the ... Read More

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Arweave Archives: An Uncensorable Repository for Banned Books

Virtual Event

About the event: In an age where digital information is increasingly controlled and even erased, the value of preserving data cannot be overstated. This talk emerges as a potent event aimed at illuminating the promise of blockchain technology, particularly Arweave, in preserving the content that might otherwise be lost to censorship. Hosted by Andrew Nielsen ... Read More

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Defending Access: Librarian Perspectives on Banned Books

Bernath Auditorium, Wayne State University 5155 Gullen Mall, Detroit, MI, United States +1 more

When intellectual freedom is at risk, librarians are often on the front lines of protecting communities’ access to information. Hear from alumni librarians about their experiences and what they’re doing to defend our right to read. Join Wayne State University’s School of Information Sciences’ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Program Planning Committee for the panel ... Read More

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NYC Day Of Action: Protect The Freedom To Read!

Virtual Event

2023 has seen a steep rise in book bans and censorship in classrooms and school libraries across the United States. Queens Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and the New York Public Library are dedicated to free and open access to information and knowledge—a mission that is directly opposed to censorship. On Wednesday, October 4, during ... Read More

Off the Shelf: Book Bans, Challenges and Promoting Inclusive Literature

Virtual Event

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 ... Read More

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Book Challenges on the Rise: Support Your Freedom to Read

Virtual Event

“Freedom to Read” is a fundamental American right -- your right to choose the ideas, information, and cultural experiences that are right for you and your family. That right is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. And your public library supports that right by providing free and open access to all. ... Read More

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Banned Books Week of Action

Virtual Event

The freedom to read is under attack — let’s do something about it! On October 1-7, 2023, we’re asking everyone to take at least one action to help defend books from censorship and to stand up for the library staff and educators who make them available! 1) Thank a librarian! 2) Check out a banned ... Read More

AFT New Mexico Celebrates Banned Books Week!

Virtual Event

AFT New Mexico is spending this week celebrating banned books and our fervent support of ensuring all students and Americans have the freedom to read what they choose! As educators, we know protecting our students’ right to read is a value we all share. To support our week of celebrations, we are doing the following: ... Read More

Banned Book Week Events and Resources at Ink-a-Dink Bookstore

Virtual Event

Supporting Banned Book Week Childress Ink Product Development Company and our affiliate online bookstore, Ink-a-Dink.com, brings attention to book banning and reasons why you need to care. We are strongly against book bans of any kind. Rather, these books are needed and necessary and serve as opportunities for much-needed dialog and discussion, a subject I ... Read More

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Banning Oz: Wicked Writers Discuss Book Challenges

Virtual Event

For the past century, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has faced book bans and challenges. In modern times, the revisionist novel Wicked and its hugely popular musical adaptation have faced similar censorship around the country. Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, and Winnie Holzman, bookwriter ... Read More

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