Celebrating the Freedom to Read: September 25- October 1, 2016


Are you wondering what you should do to celebrate Banned Books Week 2016? If so, click on your state to check out the events taking place in your area. You should also check out the list of online events. For information about events from the sponsors of Banned Books Week see the featured events page.

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  • Anchorage
    The Censorship Quiz III: Freedom Fights Back
    It’s time for our Third Annual Banned Books Pub Quiz! Join Anchorage Public Library, UAA/APU Consortium Library, and the American Civil Liberties Union as we celebrate our freedom to discover! This year’s pub quiz promises to be better than ever. Questions will cover all areas of censorship throughout history, so be prepared for anything. Top prizes include books signed by Congressman John Lewis, Neal Gaiman, and John Greene. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Not Last, and Best Team Name. In the spirit of Banned Books Week, this quiz will not be censored. Expect strong language and imagery.
    The Taproot Public House
    3300 Spenard Road
    Anchorage, AK 99503
    Stacia McGourty

  • Anchorage
    Safe Spaces: A Panel Discussion
    What is a safe place? Do safe places facilitate or hinder community dialog? Should we develop more safe places in Anchorage? Join community members Mike Robinson, Jasmin Smith, Taylor Brelsford, Gabriela Riquelme, Libby Roderick, and David Hulen as we discuss safe places and their position in Anchorage’s community discourse.
    September 27, 2016
    UAA/APU Consortium Library
    3211 Providence Drive Room 307
    Anchorage, AK 99508
    Stacia McGourty

  • Anchorage
    Diversity, Censorship, and Young Adult Literature: A Panel Discussion
    Each year the American Library Association releases a list of the most challenged books of the year. Young adult books are more likely to be challenged than any other and, according to Diversity in YA, 20% of the authors that make the list are non-white. About half of the books that make that list include content about non-whites, non-heterosexuals, or disabled people. Join our panel as we discuss exactly why diversity in young adult literature is needed and how we can ensure that diverse literature is available in our community. Panel discussion depend on audience participation – come prepared to ask questions and share your opinion! Our panelists will include: Jon Ebron – Anchorage Public Library, Teen Librarian Suzanne Metcalfe – School Librarian, Anchorage School District Sharon Pinkney – Language Arts Teacher, Anchorage School District Michael Robinson – UAA/APU Consortium Library and Chair of the Alaska State Library Association’s Committee on Intellectual Freedom Dr. Jervette R. Ward – Assistant professor at UAA and author of, “In Search of Diversity: Dick and Jane and Their Black Playmates”, as well as the editor of, “Real Sister: Stereotypes, Respectability, and Black Women in Reality TV".
    October 4, 2016
    Mountain View Library
    120 Bragaw St
    Anchorage, AK 99208
    Stacia McGourty


  • Dothan
    Banned Books Read Out
    You are invited to attend Sigma Kappa Delta’s Banned Books Read Out on Wednesday, September 28, from 10:45 – 11:30 am in the Wallace Campus courtyard. Anyone in the College’s community is welcome to read a short passage from his or her favorite banned book. Check out our Facebook event for the Banned Books Read Out. We hope to see you there to celebrate FREE people reading FREELY.
    Wallace Community College - Dothan
    1141 Wallace Drive
    Dothan, AL 36303
    Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society Advisor

  • Homewood
    Banned Book Bingo
    In celebration of Banned Books Week, join us for a special BINGO game about our favorite banned books while winning fun prizes! Hear the history and controversy of why some of your favorite books have been challenged!
    Sept. 26, 2016
    Homewood Public Library
    1721 Oxmoor Road
    Homewood, AL 35209
    Laura Tucker

  • Homewood
    Banned Books Week -To Kill a Mockingbird Film Screening
    Join us for a special film screening of the Oscar-winning film, based on Harper Lee’s timeless novel. Told through the eyes of Scout, a feisty 6-year-old tomboy, "To Kill a Mockingbird" carries us on an odyssey through the fires of prejudice and injustice in 1932 Alabama.
    Sept. 27, 2016
    Homewood Public Library
    1721 Oxmoor Road
    Homewood, AL 35209
    Judith Wright

  • Montgomery
    Read with Rosa
    Stand Up For Your Right To Read with Rosa Parks. Read your favorite banned book with Rosa anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 26, 2016. Take your picture and post to #BannedBooksWeek.
    Monday, September 26, 2016
    Troy University Rosa Parks Library
    252 Montgomery Street
    Montgomery, AL 36104
    Alyssa Martin

  • Troy
    Mystery Quiz
    Test your knowledge of banned books with our mystery quiz! Winners will be entered for a chance to win the grand prize drawing, which will take place at the end of the read-out event on Thursday at 2 p.m.
    Sept. 26, 2016, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Troy University Libraries
    Troy Campus
    Troy, AL 36082
    Rachel Spurlin Hooper

  • Troy
    Photo Booth
    Have your picture taken with your favorite “banned” book. Bring your own book, use one of the library’s or take pictures with fun props at the Banned Books Week Photo Booth from 1-3 p.m in the library.
    Sept. 27, 2016, 1-3 p.m.
    Troy University Libraries
    Troy Campus
    Troy, AL 36082
    Rachel Spurlin Hooper

  • Troy
    Matching Game
    Test your knowledge of banned books with our matching game! Winners will be entered for a chance to win the grand prize drawing, which will take place at the end of the read-out event on Thursday at 2 p.m.
    Sept. 28, 2016, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Troy University Libraries
    Troy Campus
    Troy, AL 36082
    Rachel Spurlin Hooper

  • Troy
    Read Out Event
    Hear from Troy faculty and staff as they discuss their favorite banned books and why they are so important. This event will take place in the library. The grand prize drawing will take place at the end of the event.
    Sept. 29, 2016, 2-3:30 p.m.
    Troy University Libraries
    Troy Campus
    Troy, AL 36082
    Rachel Spurlin Hooper

  • Troy
    Read With Rosa
    Read your favorite book by the bust of Rosa on Monday, Sept. 26, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Rosa Parks Museum! Post to social media using the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek.
    Sept. 26, 2016, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Troy University Libraries
    Montgomery Campus, Troy University Rosa Parks Museum, Lobby
    Troy, AL 36082
    Rachel Spurlin Hooper

  • Troy
    Intellectual Freedom/Censorship Lecture by Dr. Curnutt
    Dr. Kirk Curnutt, English professor and chair of the Department of Communication & Fine Arts at Troy University, will talk about intellectual freedom and censorship.
    Sept. 28, 2016, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Troy University Libraries
    Montgomery Campus, Troy University Rosa Parks Museum, Auditorium
    Troy, AL 36082
    Rachel Spurlin Hooper

  • Troy
    Banned Book Mystery Quiz/Book Giveaway
    Participate in the mystery book quiz and get a free banned book.
    Sept 27, 29 and 30, 2016 at 5 p.m.
    Troy University Libraries
    Montgomery Campus, Troy University Rosa Parks Library (2nd floor of the Rosa Parks Museum building)
    Troy, AL 36082
    Alyssa Martin

  • Troy
    Banned Book Mystery Quiz
    Come play the Mystery Quiz game at the Troy University Library on the Dothan Campus.
    Sept. 18, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2016
    Troy University Libraries
    Dothan Campus, Troy University Library
    Troy, AL 36082
    Donna Miller

  • Troy
    Movie Night
    Come watch the following movies and discuss the banned books: "Nineteen Eighty-Four" - Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" - Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 "The Color Purple" - Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016
    Sept. 27- 29, 2016
    Troy University Libraries
    Dothan Campus, Troy University Library
    Troy, AL 36082
    Donna Miller


  • Little Rock
    2016 Banned Books Week: A Thousand and One Nights
    CALS & Arkansas Literary Festival present Banned Books Week 2016: A Thousand and One Nights. Sept. 26: Aladdin marionette performances by Stevens Puppets, Bale Elementary School (6501 W. 32nd St., Little Rock, AR 72204) at 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Sept. 27: belly dance workshop/mini-performance by Haydee at Williams Library (1800 S. Chester St., Little Rock, AR 72206) at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28: belly dance workshop/mini-performance by Haydee at Ron Robinson Theater (100 River Market Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201) at noon. Sept. 28: One Arabian Night: Middle Eastern appetizers, announcement of writing contest winners, belly dance performance by Haydee, and screening of "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" at Ron Robinson Theater (100 River Market Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201) at 6 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. presentation. Sept. 29: performance on an Arabian Nights Theme by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra string quartet at Terry Library (2015 Napa Valley Diver, Little Rock, AR 72212) at noon.For more information visit www.arkansasliteraryfestival.org. The Arkansas Literary Festival’s 2016 Banned Books Week writing contest has one $300 grand prize, plus three $100 honorable mention prizes, one for each age group: under 12; 12 to 17; and 18 and above. The grand prize winner can come from any age group. Winning entries will be selected based on creativity, flow, style, originality and if they seem to fit with the rest of the tales. Entries are accepted from Sept. 1 through Sept. 19. For full writing contest rules and more details visit www.arkansasliteraryfestival.org/news/banned-books-2016-writing-contest.html. Other programs include A Thousand and One Nights display case installation at CALS' Main Library (100 Rock St., Little Rock, AR 72201). Two hundred copies of the book (five different translations, for various age groups) will be given away to area schools. The week's events are produced by the Central Arkansas Library System, the Arkansas Literary Festival. The sponsor is the Fred K. Darragh Jr. Foundation.
    Sept. 26, 2016 - Sept. 29, 2016
    Little Rock
    100 Rock St.
    Little Rock, AR 72201
    Brad Mooy
    501 918-3098


  • Tucson
    Speaker Panel, Trivia, Court Case
    The Law Library is putting the spotlight on a censorship event that happened right in our own community: the Tucson Unified School District Mexican-American Studies program ban. (Tuesday, Sept. 27 - Noon - Room 168) Law School Speaker Panel on the TUSD MAS program ban featuring Curtis Acosta. (Wednesday, Sept. 28 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Law School Lobby Monitors) Arce v. Huppenthal Ninth Circuit Court Case will play through twice. (Thursday, Sept. 29 - 7 p.m. - Gentle Ben's on University, top floor) Trivia Night at Gentle Ben's.
    Sept. 27, 2016
    Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library
    Various Locations
    Tucson, AZ 85122
    Cas Laskowski


  • Los Angeles
    Banned Book Read-Out
    Students, faculty, staff and community members are all welcome to participate. We are going to have the reading chair and a selection of banned or challenged books set up under the staircase all week long, so if you can't make it on Monday or Tuesday but are inspired to come read aloud later in the week, we encourage you to do so!
    Sept. 26 and Sept. 27
    William H. Hannon Library
    1 LMU Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90045
    John Jackson

  • Los Angeles
    Night of Silenced Voices: A Banned Books Week Celebration
    Join us as we—together with the Banned Books Week Coalition and partner bookstores around the country—celebrate banned books, with a special focus on diversity. Join the Skylight staff, as well as special guests - Steph Cha, Natashia Deon and Chris Terry - for a Banned Books Week Open Mic, take part in our Blind Date with A Banned Book sale and keep an eye out for Skylight Books Banned Books shelftalkers highlighting some of the most regularly banned/challenged books.
    September 27, 2016
    Skylight Books
    1818 North Vermont Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90027
    David Gonzalez
    (323) 660-1175

  • Mission Viejo
    Bodies & Ink
    Saddleback College departments of dance, music, speech and theatre arts will commemorate Banned Books Week with site-specific performances at the Saddleback College Library and LRC.
    Sept. 30, 2016 - Oct. 9, 2016
    Saddleback College Library Building (LRC)
    28000 Marguerite Parkway
    Mission Viejo, CA 92692
    Ana Maria Cobos

  • Mission Viejo
    Bodies & Ink
    Saddleback College departments of dance, music, speech and theatre arts will commemorate Banned Books Week with site-specific performances at the Saddleback College Library and LRC. This video shows the students rehearsing for the performance, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGyxTxOheno
    Sept. 30, 2016 - Oct. 9, 2016
    Saddleback College, CA
    28000 Marguerite Pkwy.
    Mission Viejo, CA 92692
    Ana Maria Cobos
    949 582-4542

  • San Jose
    Banned Book Display
    Celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week! Read a book from our display of books that have been challenged in public or school libraries in the U.S. You can also participate from home by watching one of the American Library Association's Virtual Read-out videos of librarians (such as Edith Sutterlin) or celebrities (such as Captain Underpants' author Dav Pilkey). For the Virtual Read-out, people read aloud selections from banned books and share why they chose that title or their thoughts about attempts to censor your freedom to read.
    Sept. 22, 2016 - Oct. 5, 2016
    San Jose Public Library - Evergreen Branch
    2635 Aborn Road
    San Jose, CA 95121
    Edith Sutterlin

  • Walnut
    Multiple Events and Displays
    I teach English classes at this community college and in conjunction with some other faculty members, we are organizing several events and interactive displays for students to become more aware of the barriers that some books encounter. Included in our activities will be three separate on-campus discussions about censorship (one on Sept. 26 and two on Sept. 29), but we will also solicit statements and (with luck) some open readings by several prominent figures on campus.
    Sept. 25, 2016 - Oct. 1, 2016
    Mt San Antonio College
    1100 N. Grand Ave.
    Walnut, CA 91789
    Bill Cushing


  • Denver
    Banned Book Readings
    BookBar staff will be reading from our favorite banned books. All banned books will be 20 percent off!
    Oct. 1, 2016
    4280 Tennyson St.
    Denver, CO 80212
    Allie Levy

  • Denver
    Banned Books Week Event Discussing "Fun Home" by Alison Bechdel
    Readers, supporters of the First Amendment, and anti-censorship activists are invited to join us to read Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic and join the discussion! For our event, we've chosen the wonderful graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel, one of the 10 most challenged books of 2015. English and Gender Studies professor, Gillian Silverman, Ph.D, from the University of Colorado, Denver will join us to lead our discussion.
    September 27, 2016
    Tattered Cover Historic LoDo
    1628 16th Street
    Denver, CO 80202
    Heather Duncan

  • Lakewood
    Banned Books Week Teen Fashion Show
    Calling all designers! Belmar Library is looking for teen fashion designers to participate in a Banned Book Week (BBW) themed fashion show. As far as we're concerned, banned books are always in fashion! To celebrate, we're putting on a fashion show featuring teenage designers who create original wearable pieces inspired by challenged and banned literature. We'll have a runway show, banned book readings, a photo booth and giveaways. Designer Applications due: September 9, 2016. Application: https://goo.gl/forms/GzWH0SxZpJxN7KBJ3
    Friday, September 30th, 2016 6pm-8pm
    Blemar Library, Jefferson County Public Library
    555 S Allison Pkwy
    Lakewood, CO 80226
    Lisa DIbbern


  • Washington Depot
    Banned Books Week - Stand Up for Your Right to Read
    CELEBRATE YOUR FREADOM at the Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington Depot. Banned Books Week is September 25th -October 1st, 2016 and we are celebrating this important event with: * A display of banned and/or challenged books – Imagine not being able to read whatever books you want. * Take a mugshot photo of yourself reading a favorite banned book with our “CAUGHT READING BANNED BOOKS” sign.* Have some fun and enjoy a challenge with themed crossword puzzles, word searches and coloring sheets. Complete one of these activities and be entered to win book related prizes at our party! * Oh, Say Can You Read? Vote for your “Washington’s Favorite Banned Book” from a list of the most frequently challenged books. * Banned Books Week Party! On Friday, Sept. 30 at 4 p.m., come to our banned books party to mingle with other rebellious readers and enjoy themed refreshments, such as Catcher in the Rye Bread with Hummus, and I Am the Cheese Plate, Tortilla Curtain chips and salsa, and Arizona Kid Iced Tea/Lemonade to name a few. Let’s discuss what our fREADom means to us, our favorite banned books, and the importance of diversity within our literary lives. The winning title for “Washington’s Favorite Banned Book” will be announced and prizes (totes, T-shirts, books and more!) will be awarded at the party to those who completed our themed activities throughout the week.
    Sept. 25, 2016 - Oct. 1, 2016
    The Hickory Stick Bookshop
    2 Green Hill Road
    Washington Depot, CT 06794
    Pat Moody


  • Washington
    Celebrating the Freedom to Read
    The District of Columbia Library Association and Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, along with the Freedom to Read Foundation and the Young Readers Center, will be offering a program celebrating Banned Books Week. Information regarding the history of Banned Books Week, the Freedom to Read Foundation and why books have been banned will be presented. Participants will also hear passages read from some of the most challenged books in America.
    Sept. 29, 2016
    Library of Congress Law Library Multipurpose Room, James Madison Memorial Building
    101 Independence Ave., S.E.
    Washington, DC 20540
    Yvonne Dooley

  • Washington
    Among the top ten most contested titles last year were Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Susan Kuklin’s Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, and the Bible. Join Deb Heard, executive director of the Hurston/Wright Foundation and a former editor of the Washington Post Style page, and Dana Williams, professor of African American literature and chair of the English department at Howard University, for a discussion about diversity, censorship, and how to support the authors who need it the most.
    September 27, 2016
    Politics and Prose @ BUSBOYS AND POETS 14TH & V
    1025 5th St. NW
    Lily Meyer
    (202) 364-1919


  • Coral Gables
    Banned Books Week - Special Event - Gables
    We come together to read from those books someone has tried to tell us that we can't. A Night of Silenced Voices featuring special guests: Chantel Acevedo, reading from Alison Bechdel's FUN HOME Edwidge Danticat, reading from Toni Morrison's BELOVED Patricia Engel, reading from Maya Angelou's I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS M. Evelina Galang, reading from Sherman Alexie's ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN Followed by an OPEN MIC opportunity for anyone who would like to read from a banned or challenged book. Join us! Take a stand for literature and diversity. WE READ BANNED BOOKS.
    September 27, 2016
    Books & Books
    265 Aragon Ave
    Coral Gables, FL 33134
    Cristina Nosti

  • Gainesville
    BANNED?! A Wacky Look at Banned Children's Books
    The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre is proud to announce a staged reading of its original production, "BANNED?!" — a strange, silly and unexpectedly educational look at children’s books banned for the most ridiculous of reasons — in celebration of Banned Books Week. Join us for one performance only on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. Suggested donation is $10 ("suggested" because reading and speech should be free, and we won't turn you away). You're welcome to donate more, as a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Southern Legal Counsel, a local nonprofit that supports reading and free speech. This staged reading is a mix of book excerpts, history, trivia and comedy, with a touch of Twilight Zone thrown in for good measure. The banned books we'll be visiting include: "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," "Charlotte’s Web," "Winnie the Pooh," "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?," "The Rabbits’ Wedding," "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble," "Where the Wild Things Are," "The Lorax" and "And Tango Makes Three." Is this appropriate for children? Maybe yes, maybe no — that's kind of the point of this show. We'll let you be the judge. There's no cursing, nudity or truly adult situations, but there may be *GASP!* interracial bunny kisses. Carolyne Salt, president of the Acrosstown and originator of "BANNED?!," was quoted as saying "Free speech and free imaginations are vital to the arts; if there's anything we can do to help support those, we will, and with reckless abandon." Tickets are available on the ART's website (www.acrosstown.org/201609_banned) and at the door 30 minutes before showtime.
    Oct. 1, 2016
    Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
    619 South Main Street
    Gainesville, FL 32601
    Carolyne Salt

  • St. Augustine
    Banned Books Movies
    It’s Banned Books Week and we’re showing film versions of books that have been challenged or banned. Do you dare to watch? All movies begin at 1 p.m. and light refreshments are provided by our Friends of the Library. Here is a list of films we're featuring: "The Da Vinci Code" "A Farewell to Arms" "The Kite Runner" "The Outsiders" "The Great Gatsby"
    Sept. 26, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2016
    Southeast Branch Public Library
    6670 US 1 South
    St. Augustine, FL 32086
    Juli Wald

  • St. Augustine
    Teens Banned Books Club: Looking for Alaska
    Celebrate Banned Books Week with a special teen book club to discuss John Green's controversial Looking for Alaska. Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Friends of the Library.
    September 28, 2016
    Southeast Library of the St. Johns County Public Library System
    6670 US1 South
    St. Augustine, FL 32086
    Alexandra Phillips

  • St. Augustine
    Kids Banned Books Week Read-In
    Celebrate Banned Books Week by coming in to read a selection from your favorite banned book. We'll have loads of banned and challenged books to choose from. This is a great chance for kids to work on public speaking in a no-pressure environment. Participants will be entered into a drawing for a special Banned Books Week prize.
    September 30, 2016
    Southeast Library of the St. Johns County Public Library System
    6670 US1 South
    St. Augustine, FL 32086
    Alexandra Phillips


  • Kaneohe
    Banned Books Week Read-Out
    Students, faculty, and staff are invited to read an excerpt from their favorite banned or challenged book. Readers are likewise asked to give a brief explanation as to why that particular book was challenged or banned. With reader's consent, readings under 3 minutes will be filmed and submitted to a YouTube channel dedicated to Banned Books Week.
    Windward Community College Library
    45-720 Keaahala Road
    Kaneohe, HI 96744
    Mariko Kershaw
    (808) 235-7439


  • Kamiah
    Banned Books Week
    Each year we display books for all ages that have been put on the banned list along with info explaining the history of the need for this event, what the challenges to the book were, etc. Large poster in the window. Sandwich board on the street.
    Sept 26-30
    Kamiah Community Library
    505 Main St
    Kamiah, ID 83536
    April Blankenship


  • Chicago
    "Sixty Million or More" The Sixteenth Annual Toni Morrison Banned Books Week Readout
    Since 2000 Browne Parker Literary Press has sponsored Banned Books Week events focusing on African American Empowerment mainly Toni Morrison centric consiting of readings of The Bluest Eye by Special Guest Speakers and Toni Morrison herself on one occassion. Why change a good thing especially considering the 2016 Banned Books Week will focus on authors of color; also as always our president, Osama Taiym will host this year's motto himself and the official motto will be "Sixty Milllion or More". "Sixty Million or More" will be displayed prominently across the spectrum. 60,000,000 or more is the dedication from Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Beloved, it refers to the African American struggle. We hope to see you there.
    Chicago, Illinois
    Chicago , IL 78251
    Dave Glock

  • Chicago
    Banned Book Week Event!
    Come celebrate Banned Books Week at the Book Cellar! Test your knowledge of banned books with fun trivia! Join local authors as well as an open mic as we read excerpts from banned books!
    September 27, 2016
    The Book Cellar
    4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
    Chicago, IL 60625
    (773) 293-2665

  • Romeoville
    Latino/a Banned Book Read-Out
    Members of the Lewis University community will read aloud from books that have been banned and challenged, with a focus on Latino/a authors and themes. Audience participation is encouraged. We'll have books or you can bring your own. This event is co-sponsored by the Library and the Office of Multicultural Student Services, and it is part of Latino/a Heritage Heritage Month.
    Sept. 26, 12-1 p.m.
    Lewis University Library
    One University Parkway
    Romeoville, IL 60644
    Lindsay Harmon


  • Lawrence
    Banned Books Trading Cards: The Quest for Diversity
    The Lawrence Public Library is holding an art competition with a diversity focus in honor of Banned Books Week. The library asked artists — of all ages and skill levels — to create trading cards based on their favorite banned and challenged books. The chosen books should offer insight into the lives of marginalized characters or populations. The library publicized the program in early August, and it's hosting an unveiling event on Sept. 23. Learn more about the event: www.lawrence.lib.ks.us/2016/08/banned-book-trading-cards-v-the-quest-for-diversity-2/
    Sept. 23, 2016
    Lawrence, KS
    707 Vermont St.
    Lawrence, KS 66044


  • Paducah
    Celebrate the Freedom to Read
    We are using our social media to promote the freedom to read. Each day, we are going to post a tweet and an Instagram with a question about the challenged books we are displaying in the library.
    Sept. 1, 2016 - Sept. 30, 2016
    McCracken County High School
    6530 N. Hwy 60 W
    Paducah, KY 42001
    Terri Grief


  • Falmouth
    Banned Book Week Discussion with Authors Ilene Wong and Amitha Knight
    Falmouth Public Library and Eight Cousins bookshop are co-hosting conversations with authors Ilene Wong and Amitha Knight. The discussion will be moderated by Stephanie Seales and Sara Hines.
    Sept. 26, 2016 at 6 p.m.
    Falmouth Public Library
    300 Main Street
    Falmouth, MA 02540
    Sara Hines


  • Detroit
    "Alabama Story"
    "Alabama Story," the acclaimed historical drama by Michigan-bred playwright Kenneth Jones, will make its Wolverine State premiere Sept. 22 - Oct. 9 in a staging by The Theatre Company of the University of Detroit Mercy. The fact-inspired play — percolating with many Detroit references and resonances — is set in “the Deep South of the imagination” where bigger-than-life characters battle over censorship and civil rights questions. Detroit Alabama Story performances will play 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets can be purchased from the University of Detroit Mercy: udmarts.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event_listings.asp
    Sept. 22, 2016 - Oct. 9, 2016
    Marlene Boll Theatre at the Boll Family YMCA
    1401 Broadway St.
    Detroit, MI 48226
    Kenneth Jones

  • Jackson
    Banned Books Party
    We will hold an art contest with projects based on artists' interpretations of covers for their favorite banned books. Prizes will be awarded to three age groups: 6-12, teens and adult. Art will be displayed during all of Banned Books Week. Winners will be announced during the party, and prizes will be handed out. There will also be a costume contest in which patrons will dress as a character from their favorite banned book (Katniss, Harry, Harriet, Captain Underpants).
    Sept. 30, 2016
    Jackson District Library
    244 W. Michigan Ave.
    Jackson, MI 49201
    Jeffrey Rybicki


  • Saint Paul
    Banned Book Movie Matinee: "The Lorax"
    "The Lorax" was banned because it was seen as portraying the foresting industry in an arguably negative way. Some people felt this book was persuading children against the logging industry.
    October 1, 2016 1-3 p.m.
    Metropolitan State University Auditorium
    700 East Seventh St.
    Saint Paul, MN 55106
    Emily Ganzel

  • Saint Paul
    Banned Book Night at the Movies
    In 2001, "The Lord of the Rings" was burned in Alamogordo, NM outside Christ Community Church along with other Tolkien novels for being satanic.
    September 30, 2016 7-10 p.m.
    Metropolitan State University Auditorium
    700 East Seventh St.
    Saint Paul, MN 55106
    Emily Ganzel

  • Saint Paul
    Banned Authors Book Signing
    Noted local authors — including Pete Hautman, Phyllis Root and Marion Dane Bauer — will sign copies of their books that have at one time been challenged or banned. Authors will also answer questions about their experiences with censorship. Their books will be available for purchase.
    Oct. 1, 2016 3-5 p.m.
    Metropolitan State University Auditorium
    700 East Seventh St.
    Saint Paul, MN 55106
    Emily Ganzel

  • Saint Paul
    Banned Books Film Matinee: "Winnie the Pooh" (G) (2011)
    "Winnie-the-Pooh" has faced hard criticism since its publication in 1926. Like "Alice in Wonderland," "Winnie-the-Pooh" has been challenged by religious groups because the animal characters can speak and act on the same level as their human counterpart Christopher Robin.
    Sept. 29, 2016
    Saint Paul Public Library - Riverview Branch
    1 E. George St.
    Saint Paul, MN 55107
    Emily Ganzel

  • Saint Paul
    Banned Book Movie Matinee: "Where the Wild Things Are" (PG) (2009)
    One of the most beloved — and bestselling — children’s books of all time has been challenged a number of times in schools and libraries because of "witchcraft/supernatural elements." 
    Sept. 29, 2016
    Saint Paul Public Library - Rondo Library
    461 N. Dale St.
    Saint Paul, MN 55103
    Emily Ganzel


  • Jefferson City
    Celebrate Banned Books!
    Teen Services Coordinator Courtney Waters will be giving an interactive presentation about banned and challenged books, including the "who, what, where and why" of those who seek to restrict reading. Participants will learn about the difference between a challenge and a ban, as well as how libraries handle these situations.
    Sept. 27, 2016
    Missouri River Regional Library
    214 Adams St.
    Jefferson City, MO 65109
    Courtney Waters
    573-634-6064 ext. 248

  • St Louis
    Banned Books Video and Readout
    The Book House will be celebrating throughout Banned Books Week, culminating in an Open Mic Readout on Saturday, Oct. 1. All are welcome to attend and read a passage or two from their favorite banned book!
    Oct. 1, 2016
    The Book House
    7352 Manchester Road
    St Louis, MO 63143
    Michelle Barron


  • University
    Celebrate Your Freedom to Read: Banned Books Week Workshop
    The author of this year's Common Read, Sherman Alexie, is an advocate who celebrates the freedom to read, especially since some of his works have been challenged and banned across the U.S. over the years. In this workshop, we will discuss his works and other books that are frequently challenged in schools and libraries every year. Find out what you can do to prevent book banning.
    University of Mississippi
    1 Library Loop
    University , MS 38677
    Melissa Dennis


  • Shelby
    Don't Get Caught Reading a Banned Book!
    From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, students will be taught about censorship, book challenges and banning. Students who are "caught" reading banned books will have their "mugshots" taken and their picture placed on a wanted poster in the library. Students will complete additional lessons in classrooms, watch videos and answer question sheets from the librarian for extra credit.
    Sept. 15, 2016 - Oct. 15, 2016
    Crest Middle School
    315 Beaver Dam Church Road
    Shelby, NC 28152
    Deanna Pauley


  • Collingswood
    Stand Up for Your Right to Read
    On Sept. 29 from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., the Collingswood Public Library will join many libraries across the country in celebrating our First Amendment and our freedom to read without censorship. Celebrate Banned Book Week by visiting the Collingswood Public Library to take part in crafts, raffles and mugshots with your favorite banned book. In addition, the Collingswood Library will be celebrating our intellectual freedom and our right to read and express ideas by holding readings of popular banned books. Come support the library’s effort in providing open access to information while celebrating the freedom to read and express all ideas.
    Sept. 29
    Collingswood Public Library
    771 Haddon Ave.
    Collingswood, NJ 08108
    Ned Wells


  • Larchmont
    Celebrate Banned Books Week with Catherine Wald: BELOVED by Toni Morrison
    Discussing: BELOVED by Toni Morrison Again and again, this Pulitzer-prize winning novel by perhaps the most influential African-American writer of all time is assigned to high school English students. And again and again, parental complaints are lodged against the book because of its violence, sexual content and discussion of bestiality. Books are available in the library now.
    September 26 at 7:00pm
    Larchmont Public Library
    121 Larchmont Avenue
    Larchmont, NY 10538
    Geoff Colquitt

  • Larchmont
    Celebrate Banned Books Week with Catherine Wald: Discussing THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN by Mark Twain
    Discussing: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN by Mark Twain The first ban of Mark Twain’s American classic in Concord, MA in 1885 called it “trash and suitable only for the slums.” Objections to the book have evolved, but only marginally. Twain’s book is one of the most-challenged of all time and is frequently challenged even today because of its frequent use of the ‘n’ word. Otherwise it is alleged the book is “racially insensitive,” “oppressive,” and “perpetuates racism.” Books are available in the library now.
    September 30 at 2:00pm
    Larchmont Public Library
    121 Larchmont Avenue
    Larchmont, NY 10538
    Geoff Colquitt

  • New York
    Banned Books Week Open Mic
    Join the sponsors of Banned Books Week for an inspiring evening of readings celebrating the work of diverse writers and authors. Scheduled readers so far include Daniel José Older, Ibi Zoboi, Taran Matharu, Tiffany D. Jackson, Charles Rice-Gonzalez, Gabby Rivera, Mariela Regalado and Sydney Valerio.
    September 27, 2016
    Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
    126 Crosby Street
    New York, NY 10012
    Maggie Jacoby

  • New York City
    Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret
    The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund (“DLDF”) is pleased to present “Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret as a part of Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read. (September 25-October 1st) The performance will take place on September 29th and 30th at 6PM at the Drama Book Shop (250 W 40th St). ‘Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret’ was created to raise awareness around issues of censorship and free expression in theater. “Banned Together” is a celebration of songs and scenes previously challenged or censored on American stages. Members from TADA! Youth Ensemble and special guest artists will perform selections from “Cabaret”, “Chicago”, “Almost, Maine”, “My Name is Rachel Corrie” and many more. In addition to the performance in New York City ‘Banned Together’ will be performed across the country in Miami, Chicago, and San Francisco also as a part of Banned Books Week.
    September 29th and 30th
    Drama Book Shop
    250 W 40th Street
    New York City, NY 10019
    Amy VonVett


  • Toledo
    UT Banned Books Week Vigil
    Our campus community makes it possible for our UT Banned Books Coalition to give students, faculty, staff and townspeople 100 to 200 banned books, hundreds of door prizes and light refreshments on Sept. 29. We have grown in 19 years. Our celebration of the right to read and think freely drew a house count of 1,861 last year (some attended more than one session), and more than 400 signed the guest book. We will give gift bags to the first 400 guests at the door. New Sins Press is sponsoring a $50 cash prize redeemable in one bag! Here is our list of speakers for the 2016 19th Annual UT Banned Books Week Vigil: — 9 a.m., Barbara Floyd, interim director, University of Toledo General Libraries, and Jeffrey Wilkinson, communication department chair — 9:30 a.m., Emily Numbers, community art coordinator, Inside-Out Alum, "Free expression and the Inside-Out Prison Exchange" — 10 a.m., Sharon Barnes, women’s and gender studies, "Stereotyping Indigenous Peoples in Children's Books" — 10:30 a.m., Sarah Ottney, former editor in chief at Toledo Free Press, “Censorship and Media Ethics" — 11 a.m, Arjun Sabharwal, UT General Libraries, “The Not So Free Press: Global Media Troubles” — 11:30 a.m., Warren Woodberry, Toledo author, “W.W. III: The War Against Women” — Noon, Dr. Linda Smith lecture speaker, Sam Nelson, chair, Political Science and Public Administration, "Owning the Words: Intellectual Property, First Amendment Law, and the Parlous State of Free Speech” — 1 p.m., Matt Yockey, Theatre and Film, "Lifting the Veil: Banning the Graphic Novel Persepolis" — 1:30 p.m., Lou Hebert, Toledo broadcaster and historian, "Revealing the Hidden Rules of Broadcast News" — 2 p.m., David Tucker, communication, “Words” — 2:30 p.m., Independent Collegian editor-in-chief, Jessica Harker, “Ooops! When lol Posts Backfire” — 3 p.m., “Forbidden” Jeopardy! with IC Student Editors —3:30 p.m., “The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs,” Catcher in the Rye Revisited by South Park — 4 p.m., Cindy Ramirez, Bedford High School English teacher, “What? Can You Teach THAT?” — 4:30 p.m. Ed Lingan, Chair, UT theatre and film, “Banned Songs”
    Sept. 29, 2016, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    University of Toledo Carlson Library
    2801 W Bancroft St.
    Toledo, OH 43615
    Paulette D. Kilmer UT Banned Books Coalition Coordinator


  • Tulsa
    SuperBad: Banned Comics We Read Anyways
    Join us for a short but fascinating lecture on history of censorship in comics. From the Comic Code Authority and modern-day censorship, to the obscene underground comix of the '60s and '70s, there is something for every lover of the painted page to enjoy. Excelsior!
    Sept. 29, 2016
    Tulsa Community College Metro Campus Center for Creativity
    909 S. Boston Ave.
    Tulsa, OK 74119
    Adam Brennan


  • Portland
    Banned Books Week: Diversity
    Banned Books Week is the annual celebration of the freedom to read and will run from September 25 to October 1, 2016. According to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, it is estimated that over half of all banned books are by authors of color, or contain events and issues concerning diverse communities. Charles Brownstein, Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and chair of the Banned Books Week Coalition, will be joined by authors Cory Doctorow (Information Doesn't Want to Be Free), Cathy Camper (Lowriders to the Center of the Earth), M. K. Reed (Americus), and illustrator/cartoonist Jonathan Hill (Americus) for a panel discussion on this year's Banned Books Week theme of diversity. The discussion will be moderated by Candace Morgan, Coordinator of Celebrate the Freedom to Read in Oregon, sponsored by the Oregon Library Association and Oregon Association of School Libraries Intellectual Freedom Committee and the A.C.L.U. of Oregon.
    September 27, 2016
    Powell's City of Books
    1005 W Burnside St.
    Portland, OR 97209
    Jeremy Garber

  • Portland
    Banned Books: Diversity, Inclusion & Respect
    Why are so many diverse books banned? Every year, the Central Library celebrates Banned Books Week and the freedom to read. Banned Books Week is an opportunity to call attention to the books most frequently targeted for censorship. Increasingly, books by diverse authors or about diverse communities wind up on the list of most challenged titles. Comic book authors M.K. Reed (Americus), Jonathan Hill (Americus), Anina Bennett (Boilerplate), Tristan Tarwater (Hen & Chick) and editor Hannah Means-Shannon (Dark Horse Comics) will discuss this trend and express a vision for how greater inclusion means a stronger future for intellectual freedom. This panel discussion is presented and moderated by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
    Sept. 26, 2016
    Central Library
    801 SW 10th Ave.
    Portland, OR 97205
    Azalea Ebbay

  • Springfield
    Baned Books Read-Out
    BANNED BOOKS READ-OUT IN SPRINGFIELD, featuring teens reading "Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out." To celebrate free speech and honor defenders of First Amendment rights, the Springfield Public Library will host a Banned Books Read-Out event. Admission is free. On Friday, Sept. 30, from noon to 4 p.m., students from the Academy of Arts and Academics will celebrate the freedom to read with a read-out of Suzanne Kuklin’s groundbreaking work of young adult nonfiction, "Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out," in the Springfield City Hall Lobby, 225 5th Street. Teens will read aloud passages from "Beyond Magenta," one of the top ten most challenged books of 2015. Everyone is invited to stop by to listen, borrow books that have been targeted for censorship from the library, and pin on free “I Read Banned Books” buttons. -- Banned Books Week 2016 celebrates diversity. It is estimated that over half of all banned books are by authors of color, or contain events and issues concerning diverse communities, according to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. This year’s Banned Books Week will celebrate literature written by diverse writers that has been banned or challenged, as well as explore why diverse books are being disproportionately singled out in the first place. Michelle Lewis, chair of the City of Springfield’s Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, will kick off the event. Many people are under the impression that attempted censorship is a thing of the past or that “it doesn’t happen here.” In fact, individuals and groups continue to request -- or demand -- that public and school libraries remove or restrict access to particular books, music, films and other resources. For information about recent censorship attempts in Oregon, visit the Oregon State Library’s Intellectual Freedom Clearinghouse website www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/Pages/projects/OIFC/index.aspx or the ACLU of Oregon website: www.aclu-or.org/bannedbooks. For information about frequently challenged books and censorship attempts around the country, visit the American Library Association’s Banned Books page http://www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek
    Sept. 30, 2016
    Springfield City Hall Lobby
    225 5th Street
    Springfield, OR 97477
    Thea Hart


  • Indiana
    Banned Books Read-Out
    Mon 9.26.16 • Six O’Clock Series • HUB Ohio Room • 6pm “What’s Pop Culture and Why Do Diverse Pop Culture Voices Get Challenged?” Hosted by the Pop Culture Methodologies group of emerging scholars. Join us for a night of diverse pop culture. Zombies welcome. Weds 9.28.16 • Banned Books Read-Out • HSS Atrium • 1-2pm Join us in the new Humanities & Social Sciences building Atrium for our 5th annual Banned Books Read-Out event! Walk through on your way to class, and join us for lively readings from some of your favorite books by diverse authors. Sign up to read a passage, or just listen to book-lovers from all over IUP. Refreshments! Prizes! Vouchers! Join us! Hosted by the IUP Department of English, the English Graduate Organization, IUP Libraries, and the College of Humanities & Social Sciences.
    September 26 and September 28
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Humanities & Social Sciences Building
    Indiana, PA 15705
    Dr. Tanya Heflin

  • Kutztown
    Banned Books Fair
    Alpha Beta Alpha is a national library fraternity that is dedicated to serving college and university library science majors at the undergraduate level. Alpha Beta Alpha's mission is to prepare and educate the future librarians of America. We celebrate and defend our right to read, and it is our job to spread our message about why intellectual freedom is so important in today's society. Our Banned Books Fair provides students, parents and members of our community knowledge about our right to read, while offering a range of books that have been banned and challenged in our society since 1982. Defend the first amendment by checking out our Banned Books Fair in the KU Campus Store on Wednesday, Sept. 28 - Oct.1 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Sept. 28, 2016 - Oct.1, 2016
    Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
    College Blvd.
    Kutztown, PA 19530
    Rachel Smith

  • Philadelphia
    Banned and Contested Medical Books throughout the ages
    The Historical Medical Library will be offering a pop-up exhibit between 1 and 4 on September 27, 2016 with price of Mutter Museum admission. The library is not usually open to the public making it an exciting event! The books will highlight medical texts banned throughout the centuries.
    September 27, 2016
    The Mutter Museum
    Philadelphia , PA 19103
    Caitlin Angelone


  • Conway
    Banned Books Display
    Two display cases will feature banned books from the Kimbel LIbrary collection. The displays will include information about censorship and intellectual freedom.
    Sept. 25, 2016 - Oct.1, 2016
    Coastal Carolina University, Kimbel Library
    376 University Boulevard
    Conway, SC 29528
    Jennifer Hughes

  • Conway
    Virtual Read-Out
    A 20-minute video will play on a continuous loop in the Kimbel Library foyer. The video features Coastal Carolina University students, staff and faculty reading passages from their favorite banned books.
    September 25 - October 1
    Coastal Carolina University, Kimbel Library
    376 University Boulevard
    Conway, SC 29528
    Jennifer Hughes

  • Conway
    Live Tweet Out
    A mugshot backdrop will be available for library users to pose with their favorite banned books. Pictures will be tweeted out from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    Sept. 27, 2016
    Coastal Carolina University, Kimbel Library
    376 University Boulevard
    Conway, SC 29528
    Jennifer Hughes

  • Conway
    Banned Books Contest
    Students will participate in a contest using quotes from banned books to identify the titles. The contest will encourage their understanding of censorship and improve their basic research skills. Prizes will be awarded. Winners will be photographed with their prizes and posted on Facebook and Twitter.
    Sept. 25, 2016 - Oct. 1, 2016
    Coastal Carolina University, Kimbel Library
    376 University Boulevard
    Conway, SC 29528
    Jennifer Hughes

  • Conway
    Roast Marshmallows not Books
    The Coastal Carolina University community will roast s’mores and will be asked to volunteer to read a passage from a banned book for next year’s Read-Out video. We will record these, edit them, and post them to our YouTube channel.
    Sept. 29, 2016, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Coastal Carolina University, Kimbel Library
    376 University Boulevard
    Conway, SC 29528
    Jennifer Hughes


  • Utah Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee
    Be A Hero - Write the Story
    https://www.facebook.com/ulaintellectualfreedomcommittee/photos/a.451080205006040.1073741828.449539771826750/1070682766379111/?type=3 Be a Hero Write the Story Write a story about a hero that defends the freedom to read Win tickets to the Edward Snowden movie in theaters September 2016 email entries to : whuffaker@slcolibrary.org; erin@afcity.net ; olzyza@hotmail.com by September 17
    Wanda Huffaker


  • Richmond
    Lecture: "The Comic Book Menace: Banning Comics in the U.S."
    Tom De Haven — comics expert, faculty member in the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of English and author of the novel "It's Superman!" — will talk on the history of comic book censorship in the U.S.
    Sept. 29, 2016
    James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University
    901 Park Ave.
    Richmond, VA 23284
    Teresa Doherty

  • Winchester
    Banned Books Week
    Week of September 25th, 2016
    The Winchester Book Gallery
    185 North Loudoun Street
    Winchester , VA 22301
    Christine Patrick


  • La Crosse
    Freedom to Read
    The FREEDOM TO READ event will be held Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from noon – 2:30 p.m. on the Murphy Library main staircase. Participants are invited to stop by, listen to the public readings, browse a selection of displays, or even read a passage from a banned or challenged book. Participants and audience members who wish to do so, can enter into a drawing for banned book mugs. Murphy library will also be offering a brown bag lunch discussion on the topic of Banned Books the same day from noon until 12:30 p.m. The discussion will be led and moderated by UWL librarians and La Crosse Public Library librarians, and will cover topics ranging from: Why and how books are banned? Is the practice of banning books ethical? What does it mean if a book is banned? Is it ever appropriate to ban a book based on its content? Is it the responsibility of the reader to determine if a book is right for themselves?
    Murphy Library, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
    1631 Pine Street
    La Crosse, WI 54601
    Teri Holford-Talpe

  • La Crosse
    Banned Books Week Pizza Family Read-In
    Come unplug and read together from a selection of family/children's books that have been challenged or banned over the past several years! Pizza will be served.
    Sept. 28, 2016
    La Crosse Public Library Children's Room
    800 Main St.
    La Crosse, WI 54601
    Dawn Wacek

  • Sauk City
    Caught in the Act!
    You have been caught reading a banned book in the library! Now you must pose for your mugshot. Come and take your own mugshots with our backdrop and your favorite banned book. Don't forget to share your shot with the library on social media using the #BannedBooksWeekSKC tag.
    Sept. 25th - Oct. 1st
    Sauk City Public Library
    515 Water St.
    Sauk City, WI 53583
    Katrina Linde-Moriarty
    (608) 643-8346