Banned Books Week

Celebrating the Freedom to Read: Sept. 21-27, 2014

Events

Are you wondering what you should do to celebrate Banned Books Week 2014? If so, click on your state to check out the events taking place in your area. You should also check out the featured events page for information on the Banned Books Week Twitter Party or other events from the sponsors of Banned Books Week.

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CA

  • Oakland
    Precious Knowledge film screening and discussion
    Join us for a screening of the documentary Precious Knowledge: Arizona's battle over Ethnic Studies and a talk with Dr Naomi Helena Quiñonez to celebrate Banned Book Week and Hispanic Heritage Month. "Precious Knowledge illustrates what motivates Tucson High School students and teachers to form the front line of an epic civil rights battle. While 48 percent of Mexican-American students currently drop out of high school, Tucson High's Mexican American Studies Program has become a national model of educational success, with 93 percent of enrolled students gradationg from high school. However, Arizona lawmakers are trying to shut the program down because they believe the students are being indoctrinated with dangerous ideology and embracing destructive ethnic chauvinism." Dr. Quiñonez is a poet, educator, and scholar of Chicana/Latina studies currently on faculty at San Francisco State University. She founded Librotraficante Bay Area which is active in creating awareness about book banning and the importance of ethnic studies in the U.S.A.
    9/23/14
    Cesar E. Chavez Branch of Oakland Public Library
    3301 E. 12th St. Ste. 271
    Oakland, CA 94601
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Susy Moorhead
    510-535-5620
    smoorhead@oaklandlibrary.org




LA

  • New Orleans
    Banned Book Assembly and Display
    Display - more than 230 library books that have been banned or challenged Assembly - Speech 101 students will speak about what banned books are, why the freedom to read is important, and dramatically read excerpts from banned or challenged books.
    Tentative 10-14-2014
    Warren Easton Charter High School Library
    3019 Canal St.
    New Orleans, LA 70119
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Michelle Coates, MLIS
    504-717-5793
    mscoates@cox.net




MI

  • Hartland
    Banned Books Week Read-In
    Join library staff and community for a read-in of the books that have been “banned,” censored, or challenged over the years. Sign up to read for 15 minutes from one of your favorites, or we’ll help you select from a very large list of books! If you would like to read, please contact the Adult Reference department, ext. 104 or drop-in to listen!
    9/27/14
    Cromaine District Library
    3688 N. Hartland Rd
    Hartland , MI 48353
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Jennifer Savage-Dura
    810-632-5200
    jsavage@cromaine.org




MO

  • St. Joseph
    Teen Banned Books (excerpt readings)
    Month long activities: Mugshot photo spot Displayed banned books for young adults and kids, with listing on why they were banned and when. Until the 24th, a polling tub for picking a favorite movie inspired by a banned or challenged book. Teen activities on Thursday: 1st week: readings from excepts of banned young adult books 5:30-6:30 story house Sept 4th 2nd week: Discussion on books that were once considered threatening, now part of common curriculum, and why. 5:30-6:30 story house Sept 11th 3rd week: Collage of Censorship: Create book covers for banned books. Using magazines to create a colorful collage. Displayed until end of September. 5:30-6:30 story house Sept 18th 4th week: banned book movie viewing (most popular of the poll) 4p-7p story house Sept 25th (with beverages)
    9/4/2014
    Rolling Hills Consolidated Library, Belt Branch
    1904 N Belt Hwy
    St. Joseph, MO 64506
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Raye Bradford
    816-232-5479
    rbradford@rhcl.org




  • St. Joseph
    Teen Banned Books (banned books turned curriculum)
    Month long activities: Mugshot photo spot Displayed banned books for young adults and kids, with listing on why they were banned and when. Until the 24th, a polling tub for picking a favorite movie inspired by a banned or challenged book. Teen activities on Thursday: 1st week: readings from excepts of banned young adult books 5:30-6:30 story house Sept 4th 2nd week: Discussion on books that were once considered threatening, now part of common curriculum, and why. 5:30-6:30 story house Sept 11th 3rd week: Collage of Censorship: Create book covers for banned books. Using magazines to create a colorful collage. Displayed until end of September. 5:30-6:30 story house Sept 18th 4th week: banned book movie viewing (most popular of the poll) 4p-7p story house Sept 25th (with beverages)
    9/11/2014
    Rolling Hills Consolidated Library, Belt Branch
    1904 N Belt Hwy
    St. Joseph, MO 64506
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Raye Bradford
    816-232-5479
    rbradford@rhcl.org




  • St. Joseph
    Teen Banned Books (censorship collage)
    Month long activities: Mugshot photo spot Displayed banned books for young adults and kids, with listing on why they were banned and when. Until the 24th, a polling tub for picking a favorite movie inspired by a banned or challenged book. Teen activities on Thursday: 1st week: readings from excepts of banned young adult books 5:30-6:30 story house Sept 4th 2nd week: Discussion on books that were once considered threatening, now part of common curriculum, and why. 5:30-6:30 story house Sept 11th 3rd week: Collage of Censorship: Create book covers for banned books. Using magazines to create a colorful collage. Displayed until end of September. 5:30-6:30 story house Sept 18th 4th week: banned book movie viewing (most popular of the poll) 4p-7p story house Sept 25th (with beverages)
    9/18/2014
    Rolling Hills Consolidated Library, Belt Branch
    1904 N Belt Hwy
    St. Joseph, MO 64506
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Raye Bradford
    816-232-5479
    rbradford@rhcl.org




  • St. Joseph
    Teen Banned Books (Banned Book gone movie viewing)
    Month long activities: Mugshot photo spot Displayed banned books for young adults and kids, with listing on why they were banned and when. Until the 24th, a polling tub for picking a favorite movie inspired by a banned or challenged book. Teen activities on Thursday: 1st week: readings from excepts of banned young adult books 5:30-6:30 story house Sept 4th 2nd week: Discussion on books that were once considered threatening, now part of common curriculum, and why. 5:30-6:30 story house Sept 11th 3rd week: Collage of Censorship: Create book covers for banned books. Using magazines to create a colorful collage. Displayed until end of September. 5:30-6:30 story house Sept 18th 4th week: banned book movie viewing (most popular of the poll) 4p-7p story house Sept 25th (with beverages)
    9/25/2014
    Rolling Hills Consolidated Library, Belt Branch
    1904 N Belt Hwy
    St. Joseph, MO 64506
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Raye Bradford
    816-232-5479
    rbradford@rhcl.org




NJ

  • Cherry Hill
    South Jersey Writers' Group Banned Books Week Read Out
    Join us for a Banned Books Week Read Out at the Cherry Hill Public Library! Brought to you by the members of the South Jersey Writers' Group.
    September 27, 2014
    Cherry Hill Public Library
    1100 Kings Highway North
    Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Mieke Zamora-Mackay
    (856) 310-5550
    ait.mzm@gmail.com




NY

  • Sag Harbor
    Banned Books Week Read-Out!
    Come out to Canio's Books in Sag Harbor to celebrate Banned Books Week as we honor and continue the struggle to uphold our First Amendment rights to Freedoms of Speech and Press. Carrying forward the 32-year tradition set in place by the American Library Association and its Office of Intellectual Freedom, the national Read-Out event features readings from, and discussions about, books which have been banned, censored, or challenged by political, religious, and/or various social organizations. I will be organizing and hosting this event, not to mention speaking about Hubert Selby, Jr.'s Last Exit To Brooklyn. Other yet-to-be-determined featured guests will read from additional works which have been at one time or another deemed questionable or unacceptable. A lively group discussion on visceral reactions past and present to such controversial works will follow. Thanks and hope to see you there!
    Saturday, September 27, 2014
    Canio's Books
    290 Main Street
    Sag Harbor, NY 11963
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Christopher Benedict
    516-840-4927
    cwbene@gmail.com




OR

  • Ashland
    Banned Banned Banned
    SHAKESPEARE BOOKS & ANTIQUES Display of banned books turns heads: Windowcase collection offers array of books some people don't want other people to read You might not think a used book store could cause a sensation in this day and age, but Judi Honore, owner of Shakespeare Books & Antiques in downtown Ashland, is doing just that by showcasing — and selling — scores of books that get blacklisted every year. Read more: http://www.dailytidings.com/article/20140818/NEWS/140819608
    Month of August and September 2014
    Shakespeare Books & Antiques LLC
    163 E. Main Street
    Ashland, OR 97520
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Judi Honore
    541-488-1190
    judihonore@gmail.com




TX

  • Boerne
    Captain Underpants Party: A Brief Event for Kids
    In honor of Banned Books Week, we will celebrate one of the most banned series, Captain Underpants, at a party for children featuring wacky games, crafting, and fun foods, PLUS prizes.
    Friday, September 26, 6pm
    Patrick Heath Public Library
    451 North Main St.
    Boerne, TX 78006
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Constance Keremes
    830 249-3053
    keremes@boernelibrary.org




VT

  • Middlebury
    An Evening Without: Giving Voice To The Silenced
    The ACLU of Vermont presents An Evening Without: Giving Voice to the Silenced, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 7:00 pm, Unitarian Church (off Charles Ave.), Middlebury. Vermont writers read from works that have been challenged, censored, or banned. This event is held during Banned Books Week (September 21-27) in celebration of the First Amendment. Admission by donation. Featured readers are Chris Bohjalian, Kathryn Davis, Ron Powers, Tanya Lee Stone, James M. Tabor, Ashley Wolff, Dana Yeaton. Emcee is ACLU-VT Executive Director Allen Gilbert. Parking for those with disabilities available at the church; other parking at nearby high school (watch for signs). For more information, go to www.acluvt.org, or call (802) 223-6304 x114.
    09/23/2014
    Unitarian Church
    2 Duane Court (off Charles Ave.)
    Middlebury, VT 05753
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Andrea Warnke
    (802) 223-6304 x114
    info@acluvt.org




WA

  • Vancouver
    WATCHMEN
    This Banned Books Week, the Uprise Books Project will be hosting a free showing of the film adaptation of WATCHMEN, the critically acclaimed Hugo Award-winning (and at least twice-challenged) graphic novel by Alan Moore. The event will be held at the historic Kiggins Theatre in downtown Vancouver, Washington, just outside of Portland, Oregon.
    9/25/14
    Vancouver, Washington
    1011 Main Street
    Vancouver, WA 98660
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Justin Stanley
    360-818-4335
    justin@uprisebooks.org