Banned Books Week: Our right to read, September 24-30, 2017


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Jul 22 2015 - 9:17am

This post originally appeared on “Free Speech,” a monthly column by Chris Finan, director of the American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE), a Banned Books Week sponsor. The column shares Mr. Finan's personal thoughts and opinions on a broad range of free expression issues.

Is it time to retire Banned Books Week?

Apr 22 2015 - 1:44pm

Young Adult books will be the focus of Banned Books Week in 2015, the event’s national planning committee announced today. Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will run from September 27 through October 3, 2015, and will be observed in libraries, schools, bookstores and other community settings across the nation and the world.

Mar 21 2015 - 1:41pm

Applications are open for the 2015 Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund Banned Books Week event grants, sponsored by the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF). Organizations are encouraged to apply for grants of $1,000 and/or $2,500 in support of activities celebrating Banned Books Week (Sept. 27–October 3, 2015).

Applications for the grants will be accepted through May 1, 2015.

Nov 18 2014 - 12:27pm

Banned Books Week 2014 may be over, but we are already hard at work planning Banned Books Week 2015. And, we want to make it better than ever!

We need your help to make this happen.

We have created a short, 15-question survey, and we want to know your thoughts. Your input and feedback will help us develop better resources, more engaging events, and stronger communications.

Oct 30 2014 - 1:26pm

Cross posted from the Freedom to Read Foundation Blog. Past recipients of grants from FTRF's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund gathered last week on a Google Hangout to discuss their successful Banned Books Week projects.

Oct 17 2014 - 1:23pm

On Wednesday, October 22nd, please join the Freedom to Read Foundation and other sponsors of Banned Books Week for a look back at some of the fun, provocative, and engaging events that celebrated our freedom to read.

Book cover: The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Sep 26 2014 - 1:20pm

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Artist Jeff Smith working
Sep 24 2014 - 1:18pm

We are already halfway through Banned Books Week, and the response has been overwhelming! There have been so many events, articles, and conversations that it's hard to keep up. Once again the creativity of those marking this occasion continues to impress.Here are just a few standouts:

  • Dav Pilkey, Creator of CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS, the number one most banned book in 2013, created this video on banning books.

American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression
Sep 23 2014 - 1:15pm

Booksellers around the country have joined with librarians, publishers, writers, teachers and other advocates of the freedom to read in kicking off the latest celebration of Banned Books Week.  Hundreds have created displays of banned and challenged titles, and many have organized events.  Books Inc., an independent bookseller in San Francisco, has released a video as part of its program of events.  On Friday, two booksellers from Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, helped

Poster: Defend Banned Books
Sep 22 2014 - 1:13pm

Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, is here! From New York to Alaska, libraries, schools, bookstores and book-loving individuals across the country are fighting back against censorship and saying yes to their right to read.

From September 21st to September 27th, hundreds of events are happening in local communities and thousands of conversations are taking place online. Don’t miss either. Below are just a few ways you can get involved.