Banned Books Week

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


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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  • AND
    Banned Books Week Quilt Challenge
    This is a virtual quilt challenge where quilters who support stopping censorship are encouraged to select a "banned or challenged book" and create a quilt for it. This is our 3rd year doing the challenge and we have showcased some beautiful artwork in our Flickr group. The 2014 posts encouraging entries are: and
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Tanesha Nurse


  • Anchorage
    The Censorship Challenge: A Banned Books Pub Quiz
    The Anchorage Public Library and the UAA/APU Consortium Library have teamed up to offer The Censorship Challenge: A Banned Books Pub Quiz! There will be six rounds of eight questions each - all having something to do with censorship or issues of intellectual freedom. Participants are welcome to form teams of six or less people. There will be prizes for first, second, third, and not last place! (Plus a few bonus prizes along the way!) Would you like more information? Contact Stacia at
    September 25, 2014
    Snow Goose Restaurant and Sleeping Lady Brewery
    717 W 3rd Ave
    Anchorage, AK 99501
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Stacia McGourty


  • Boaz
    Get Booked!
    We will be celebrating Banned Books Week with a Get Booked theme. The teachers will begin the week showing short videos to each class explaining the history of banned books, most challenged books, etc. Language Arts teachers will also begin raising money for "bail" due to the fact that they will be "arrested" on September 24th for reading banned books. The library will display a bulletin board with posters of the teachers hiding and reading a variety of banned books. A search warrant will also be displayed. Then the teachers will be arrested and will be reading banned books all day long at various places in the school (ex. lunchroom, hall, gym). The teacher who raises the most "bail" money will be released and will have a celebration in the library with his/her classes the following Friday. The other teachers will be placed on "schoolhouse arrest" and will be confined to their classroom with their students. The library will host a celebration party with food from banned books, such as Butter Beer from Harry Potter and cupcakes from Alice in Wonderland. The "bail" money will cover the expenses of the party, and it will also be used to purchase books for the library.
    Sardis High School
    1420 Church St.
    Boaz, AL 35956
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Tara Wardrup

  • Decatur
    Liberating Literature
    This year's book display will feature challenged graphic novels, and our end-caps will spotlight challenged books available as eBooks through our Library. Our event will begin with Dr. Leigh Ann Rhea discussing intellectual freedom, sharing her experience as a literature professor at one of our local colleges. We will then have the Decatur High School Dramatists present dramatic interpretations from some of the 2013 Top Ten Most Challenged books.
    Decatur Public Library
    504 Cherry Street NE
    Decatur, AL 35601
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    StephRhonda BoCates
    (256) 353-2993 ext. 113

  • Hoover
    The Most Famous Challenged and Banned Books
    Dr. William Hutchings from the UAB Department of English will talk about the most famous banned and challenged books. Then you can check them out from the library!
    Tuesday, 23 September 2014 - 12:00pm
    Hoover Library
    200 Municipal Drive
    Hoover, AL 35216
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Shannon Haddock

  • Talladega
    Banned Books Week
    Month of September
    Zora Ellis Jr. High
    414 Elm St.
    Talladega, AL 35160
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Ellen Carroll


  • Little Rock
    Perks, Missives, & Lux Melancholia
    The Arkansas Literary Festival will present Perks, Missives & Lux Melancholia, the fourth annual Banned Books Week event, on Thursday, September 25, 2014. The evening begins at 7 p.m. with the winning letter in a county-wide Banned Books writing contest, followed by a screening of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which is based on the bestseller by Stephen Chbosky. The film will be followed at 9 p.m. with a mini-concert by New York performer Scoop Slone and the Infinite, inspired by the book and the film.
    Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
    Ron Robinson Theater
    100 River Marker Avenue
    Little Rock, AR 72201
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Brad Mooy
    501 918-3098


  • Phoenix
    Hogwarts House Party
    Bookmans supports Banned Books Week! Help us fight censorship and celebrate some of the most beloved banned books of all time, the Harry Potter series. Whether you belong to Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin, you are invited to the Hogwarts House Party. Step up to the Wizard Photo Booth, create a wand in Daigon Alley and venture into Snape’s Snake Den hosted by local reptiles experts, Deb’s Dragons. Don’t miss this party of magical proportions!
    Saturday, September 27
    Bookmans Phoenix
    8034 N. 19th Avenue
    Phoenix, AZ 85021
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Katy Spratt


  • Arcata
    Banned Books Read-Out
    Join the Humboldt State University Library in celebrating the freedom to read by participating in a banned books read-out. The event will take place on September 23rd, 2014 in the Library Lobby between 12:00pm and 2:00pm. During the week of September 16-29th check out the Banned Books Display, and check out a favorite banned or challenged book.
    September 23, 2014
    Humboldt State University
    1 Harpst Street
    Arcata, CA 95521
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Sarah Fay Philips

  • Fortuna
    Celebrating the Freedom to Read
    The Fortuna Library will be celebrating the freedom to read with a Banned Books Week display highlighting the top 10 banned and challenged books of 2014 as well as cases of 21st century book burning in the United States. Patrons will be encouraged to participate by finishing the sentence "I read banned books because..." and writing their answer down. They will then be able to hold up their answer, have their photo taken, and have their photo added to our display if they so choose. Please visit our page at or our account at for further details.
    September 21st - October 11th
    Fortuna Library
    753 14th Street
    Fortuna, CA 95540
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Librarian Chris Cooper
    (707) 725-3460

  • Los Angeles
    Brown Bag Books @ Artists and Fleas LA
    Come visit Brown Bag Books at 'ARTISTS AND FLEAS' in downtown Los Angles' Arts District to celebrate Banned Books, and not so banned books. Books for sale, lots of activities, vendors, food trucks, and local flavor in an up and coming area of the city.
    Sept. 21st and 22nd, 2014
    647 Mateo Street
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Lynn Klopfer

  • 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.
    Cesar E. Chavez Branch of Oakland Public Library
    3301 E. 12th St. Ste. 271
    Oakland, CA 94601
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Susy Moorhead

  • Palo Alto
    Discuss the Perks of Being a Wallflower with Books Inc. VP Margie Scott Tucker
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a commonly banned book for teens. Come join Books Inc. Vice President, Margie Scott Tucker, for a discussion of this contentious and beautiful novel in celebration of Banned Books Week.
    September 23rd at 7pm
    Books Inc. Palo Alto
    855 El Camino Real
    Palo Alto, CA 94301
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Margie Scott Tucker

  • San Francisco
    Classics I Forgot to Read Book Club discussing SWEET THURSDAY by John Steinbeck
    Discuss one of John Steinbeck's most contested novels, with the Classics I Forgot to Read Book Club!
    September 24th at 7:30pm
    Books Inc. in the Marina
    2251 Chestnut Street
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Tom Gartner

  • San Francisco
    Baby's First Banned Book Club Meeting!
    Baby's First Book Club, our especially for babies storytime, will be reading books BANNED for your smallest tots! Don't worry-- we'll still be singing songs and clapping our hands. We'll just be doing that all to the beat censors would have you ignore.
    September 25th at 3pm
    Books Inc. in the Marina
    2251 Chestnut Street
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Amy Orringer

  • San Francisco
    Book Bites Banned Books Storytime!
    Books banned for early readers (ages 6+) are featured at this special, after-school event.
    September 25th at 3:30pm
    Books Inc. Laurel Village
    3515 California Street
    San Francisco, CA 94118
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Katherine Megna


  • Denver
    Banned Books Readout
    Starting at 4 p.m., selections from favorite banned books will be read aloud from the library steps. Stop by and show your support for free speech!
    Regis University
    3333 Regis Blvd.
    Denver, CO 80221
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Martin Garnar


    Word Ninjas Live Episode 60: Just Try to Ban Us
    Episode 60 of the Word Ninjas liveshow will focus on banned, challenged, and otherwise controversial literature and discuss why such books should be read, reviewed, and acknowledged.
    September 22, 2014 7PM EST
    Word Ninjas Live Podcast
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Charles Muir


  • Daytona Beach
    Banned Books Display
    We will have a display containing challenged and banned titles and all will have a slip of paper containing why they were controversial. Our display will be covered with brown paper and unveiled for students. We will also have some freebies to give away.
    Unveiling Sept 15
    Daytona State College Library
    Daytona Beach, FL 32114
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Kristen Davis

  • Jacksonville
    Censored! Excerpts from Banned Books - A Readers Theater Production
    Come hear Readers Theater cast members give life to the words written by Maya Angelou, Lewis Carroll, Anne Frank, George Orwell, J.K. Rowling, Alice Walker and others. This Before Email production is brought to you by the U.S. Postal Service, Young Minds Building Success Charities and Nokturnal Escape. This program is free and open to the public. Censored! Excerpts from Banned Books is brought to you through the generous support of Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library.
    Saturday, September 27, 2014
    Jacksonville Public Library
    303 Laura St. N.
    Jacksonville, FL 32202
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Lisa Brown Buggs

  • Jacksonville
    Before Email: Readers Theater Literacy Program Celebrates National Banned Books Week
    Highlighting representations of classic American literary works that were once banned, the cast of Before Emails: Reader Theater Literacy Program give voice to the authors, characters and critics point of view of such legendary and memorable books as Huckleberry Finn, The Color Purple, Harry Potter, I know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Hello God, It’s Me Margaret and many more! In America, we both love and fight for our right to exercise our freedom of speech, whether at the podium or in works of literature. In honor of this liberty, Before Emails: Reader Theater Literacy Program and the Jacksonville Public Library celebrate National Banned Books Week with a striking performance on Saturday, September 27th at 2pm. The reading will take place in “The Lounge” at the Main Library, 303 N. Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL.
    September 27, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
    Jacksonville Public Library
    303 N. Laura Street
    Jacksonville, FL 32202
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Emanuel Washington

  • St. Petersburg
    Banned Books Mugshot
    From September 21-27, 2014 we will be hosting a Banned Books Week display and event at the Eckerd College Library. Celebrate your freedom to read with a Banned Books Mugshot. Choose a book from our display of banned and challenged books and ask a library staff member at the Circulation Desk to snap a photo of you for our Facebook page.
    September 21-27, 2014
    Eckerd College Library
    4200 54th Avenue South
    St. Petersburg, FL 33711
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Kelsey Peduzzi


  • Athens
    Read a Banned Book Display
    UGA Libraries
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Amy Watts

  • Cumming
    Banned Book Week Bookmark Contest
    We host a bookmark contest annually. Students create bookmarks on their computers and submit them. The school votes on the winning bookmark and the winner receives a gift card. In addition, we create a display of books that have been banned in our glass display case in the lobby. Library science students also create posters about Banned Books Week awareness and post them in our school.
    Month of September
    Forsyth Central High School
    520 Tribble Gap Road
    Cumming, GA 30040
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Dawn Hall
    770-887-8151 ext. 110112

  • Doraville
    Banned Books Week Zines
    Tweens: celebrate your freedom to read comics and graphic novels! Come make a Zine of your own to share your story.
    September 20, 2014
    Dekalb County Public Library - Doraville
    3748 Central Ave
    Doraville, GA 30340
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Mirna Turcios

  • Kingsland.
    Banned Books Week
    We are very excited about celebrating this year's Banned Books Week at our Main Campus and Camden Center branch campus. We have events planned that include a banned books read-out as well as a lecture at both sites by our own comic book guy, Prof. Jason Tondro. The topic is: "Comic Books Ruined My Child" a discussion on the history of back the backlash on comics from the 1950's to the graphic novels of today. We also have spent the summer having a blast decorating our branch campus for the event as well as creating what we call a "Research Guide" that covers the event and links to all the wonderful resources that ALA and the CBLDF provide.
    Sept 22, Sept 24
    College of Coastal Georgia-Camden Center
    8001 Lakes Blvd
    Kingsland. , GA 3154
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    John Kissinger


  • Cedar Falls
    Cards Against Humanity Tournament
    Libraries play a central role in defending the right to free speech by fighting to keep challenged books in their collections and accessible to the public. We figured what better way to demonstrate the Rod’s commitment to free speech than by hosting a tournament of the game dedicated to offensive speech?
    Week of Sept. 21-27
    Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa
    1227 W. 27th St
    Cedar Falls, IA 50613
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Anna Hollingsworth

  • Storm Lake
    Banned Book Movies
    A display of the top ten challenged books of 2013 will be on the main library floor. Patrons will be encouraged to check out a "banned" book that has been wrapped in brown paper proclaiming it to be a banned book along with the reasons for the book challenge or ban. The Storm Lake Public Library's Facebook page will have daily trivia questions about banned books.
    September 22-26
    Storm Lake Public Library
    609 Cayuga Street
    Storm Lake , IA 50588
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Melissa Miller


  • Lahore.
    OLOMOPOLO media supports the Banned Books Week by organizing an event READ, READ, BANNED BANG where readers/participants shall have to get themselves registered before September 21st, 2014 to be able to read their favorite banned story before the audience. The selected book could be banned for any reason, anywhere in the world and could be banned for a certain time period only or for unlimited time. There is no registration fee.
    27th September, 2014
    The OLO Junction
    24 E2, Gulberg 3
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Kanwal Khoosat
    +92 321 412 3223

  • Madrid (Spain)
    Banned Comics Week: Dare to read!
    The Comic Section of Madrid State Public Library "Manuel Alvar" has planned a Banned Comics Week as monthly bibliographic exhibition for the third consecutive year. We show a selection of banned or challenged comics with a bookmark entitled "Beware of the book", which explains where and why this title was censored. All of these comics can be borrowed. Plus, we make a dossier in basis of BBW and CBLDF works. The webpage of the event is as follows:
    September 1-30
    State Public Library "Manuel Alvar" (Madrid, Spain)
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Micol Lagarde
    (+34) 91 726 3701

  • Shanghai, China
    Read Banned and Challenged Books in America and Europe!
    To celebrate the Freedom to Read Week: September 21-27, the Library will host a "drop-in" event where we will feature some of our books that have been banned or challenged in America or Europe. These books include Romeo and Juliet, Wuthering Heights and Harry Potter among others! There will be light refreshment and a librarian to show you how to access the e-book versions as well. All are welcome to stop by!
    Read Banned and Challenged Books in America and Europe!
    Room 167, Geography Building, New York University Shanghai, 3663 North Zhongshan Road
    Shanghai, China, II 20006
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Ray Pun


  • Chicago
    Banned Books Week Display
    We have had a banned books display for the month of September every year for the last 17 years. The display table we use can easily fit 100 plus titles. We put bookmarks inside of each of them that highlight some of the challenges that each book has undergone, or where and when they were banned. It never fails to provoke discussions with our customers. I consider it our most important annual display. I am also happy to report that it sells the books extremely well. So people are reading challenged or banned books as a result. This summer, I was gratified when an international tourist walked in with a photo of last year's display that someone had snapped and e-mailed to her. She showed it to me and asked for the display. It was the reason she had made us a stop on her visit to Chicago. I had to inform her that, sadly, it was the wrong time of year. I did show her the resource guide from ALA and showed her where to find Banned Books information on their website.
    after-words bookstore
    23 E. Illinois Street
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Beverly Dvorkin

  • Chicago
    Banned Books Week Events
    DePaul University Library and the University Center for Writing-based Learning will host events celebrating Banned Books Week. Library Pop-up Shop Learn more about Banned Books Week, have a snack and take home a banned book! Their titles may surprise you! Enter our raffle for subversive prizes! Loop DePaul Center 11th floor, Tuesday 9/23 11AM – 1PM Read-Out: Read or Listen to a Banned Book! and Library Pop-up Shop Learn more about Banned Books Week, check one out, have a snack, make a button and read aloud or listen to passages from banned books! Their titles may surprise you! Enter our raffle for subversive prizes! LPC Student Center 2nd floor, Wednesday 9/24 11AM – 1PM Banned Chicago! Panel discussion Learn about Banned Books controversies from a panel of local authors and readers. Featuring: Student members of 451 Degrees, Lane Tech College Prep High School’s banned book club and Chicago Public School’s recent challenges to Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi; James Klise, librarian & author of Love Drugged and The Art of Secrets; Aaron Renier, comic artist and lecturer in CDM. A reception will follow the panel discussion. John T. Richardson Library 1st floor, Wednesday 9/24 5 – 7 PM
    9/23 & 9/24
    DePaul University
    Chicago, IL 60614
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Heather Jagman

  • Chillicothe
    Selections from Edgar Lee Master's Spoon River Anthology
    Celebrate Banned Books Week with a dramatic rendering of one of Illinois’ most famous banned titles! Brought to life by Paddy & Jon Lynn, with music by Patti Ecker, people from all walks of life come forward from their graves and share compelling stories of their hopes, tragedies, and joys, not to mention their advice and warnings to those still living. Tickets (free) required – pick up in the library, or call 309-274-2719 by September 17th to reserve. This event is being produced in part by the Illinois Humanities Council’s Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, a program that provides organizations statewide with affordable, entertaining, and thought-provoking humanities events for their communities.
    September 22, 2014 6:30pm
    Chillicothe Public Library
    430 N. Bradley Ave.
    Chillicothe, IL 61523
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes

  • Glen Ellyn
    Banned Books Week
    Kids in grades 4-8, make sure you get caught checking out a banned book during Banned Books Week! Stop by the Youth Department desk and have your picture taken with your banned book. Those who do so, will be featured in our special Facebook photo album, and get to read a great story.
    September 21st through 27th
    Glen Ellyn Public Library
    400 Duane Street
    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Annie Budzinski

  • McHenry
    Banned Books Week
    McHenry Public Library
    809 S Front St
    McHenry, IL 60050
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Laurie Mann


  • Indianapolis
    Kilgore Trout: The Band
    The Vonnegut Library hosts several events during Banned Book Week. On Sept. 26th Indianapolis' own local band Kilgore Trout will perform a set of Vonnegut and literature inspired songs.
    Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library
    340 N. Senate Ave
    Indianapolis , IN 46204
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Max Goller

  • New Albany
    Censorship and the First Amendment
    Date and time pending.
    Destinations Booksellers
    604 E Spring St
    New Albany, IN 47150
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Randy Smith


  • Goddard
    I'm With The Banned
    We are hosting an event for our student book club. There will be several activties included in the evening with a few activities involving books that have been banned. We will have puzzles and games the students will complete. Correctly completed items will be entered into drawings for gift cards.
    September 22, 2014
    Eisenhower High School Library
    1230 S. 167th Street West
    Goddard, KS 67052
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Rachel Nally

  • Newton
    Banned Books Comics
    Teens will create their own comic strips or videos featuring favorite banned books and characters. Additionally, a month-long banned books display for teens provides quick access to favorite titles.
    Monday, September 22 - 3:30-5:30
    Newton Public Library
    720 N Oak
    Newton, KS 67114
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Jannell Johannes


  • New Orleans
    Andrew Mullins III
    Creating a small display for our lobby for the 3rd year in a row. Our display will focus on several areas and events in comics history, specifically Wertham and the 50s, the Comics Code, graphic novels in schools, and the recent controversy in South Carolina regarding Alison Bechnel and academic freedom. Also, there will be online library guides and reading focused on the history of censorship and comics.
    Howard Tilton Memorial Library- Tulane University
    7001 Freret Street
    New Orleans, LA 70118
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Andrew Mullins

  • 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

  • New Orleans
    Sigma Tau Delta presents Banned Books Week in the One Loyola Room
    Members of Sigma Tau Delta (the National English Honor Society), in the spirit of Banned Books Week, rounded up some inflammatory reviews of banned books, and picked some of our favorite provoking passages to showcase challenges our favorite reads have faced. We've compiled small histories of each book's journey to pass out to students throughout the week. We're printing off many of the book covers and displaying them in our One Loyola Room, which will also features a video of various book burnings and censorship propaganda.
    September 22-26th
    Loyola University New Orleans
    6363 St. Charles Ave
    New Orleans, LA 70118
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Gabrielle Gatto
    (631) 935-2209

  • New Orleans
    New Orleans 2014 Banned Books Week Event
    The event is from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Scheduled to read are the following: Thomas Beller, author of J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist Nancy Dixon, author of N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature Bill Lavender, author of Q Constance Adler, author of My Bayou: New Orleans through the Eyes of a Lover Bill Loehfelm, author of The Devil In Her Way Rebecca Snedeker, co-author of Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas Kim Marie Vaz, author of The 'Baby Dolls': Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition Stephanie Grace, New Orleans Advocate columnist Charles Brown, Library CEO & City Librarian, New Orleans Nevada Barr, author of Destroyer Angel Amanda Boyden, author of Babylon Rolling Maurice C. Ruffin, attorney and author with the MelaNated Writers Collective
    September 22, 2014
    New Orleans Public Library - Main Branch
    219 Loyola Avenue
    New Orleans, LA 70112
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Winter C. Randall

  • Shreveport
    Talking Comics with Chris & Randy
    For Banned Books Week we'll be hosting a special filming of the locally popular YouTube show "Talking Comics with Chris & Randy" featuring Chris Hunter and Randy Young of Excalibur Comics, Cards, and Games. Their regular show is a weekly one-hour chat about all the latest comics and graphic novels, but this will be a special episode focusing on banned or challenged comics and graphic novels with a brief Q&A session afterward. Also it will be their first episode with a live audience! Cosplay is allowed and encouraged for this comic-book related event!
    September 23, 2014 at 7PM
    Shreve Memorial Library, Broadmoor Branch
    1212 Captain Shreve Dr
    Shreveport, LA 71105
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    James P. Davis or Jeff Impson


  • Brookline
    When Comics Almost Died: Readers, Censors, and Innovation
    Sixty years ago, three events endangered comics: the publication of psychiatrist Fredric Wertham's anti-comics polemic Seduction of the Innocent, US Senate hearings on the relationship between comic books and juvenile delinquency, and the development of the Comics Code Authority, a censorship body that restricted content. Carol Tilley, whose research into Wertham's revealed the doctor fabricated some of his findings, takes listeners behind the scenes, to reveal this fateful year in comics history. Learn untold stories of Wertham, Senator Estes Kefauver and the kids who tried to fight the tide of anti-comics momentum.
    Brookline Public Library
    361 Washington Street
    Brookline, MA 02445
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Robin Brenner

  • Brookline
    Comics! Banned in Boston
    Thursday night, join us for a panel discussion with comic creators, critics, librarians and journalists Brigid Alverson (Comic Book Resources, Good Comics for Kids), Katherine Dacey (The Manga Critic), Zack Giallongo (Broxo), and Jennie Wood (Flutter).  We'll talk about how creators consider intended audience, the state of challenges to comics today, and how libraries build and maintain comics collections that support everyone's freedom to read. Bring your questions and we'll answer everything we can! Moderated by Teen & Reference Librarian, and comics advocate Robin Brenner (No Flying No Tights.)
    Brookline Public Library
    361 Washington Street
    Brookline, MA 02445
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Robin Brenner



  • Portland
    The Guilty Pleasure of Erotic Literature
    Interest in erotica spiked after the publication of 50 Shades of Gray by E.L. James in 2011. Patrons have come into the library, looking for similar titles, a genre libraries are not known to specialize in. This discussion program will encourage an exchange of ideas about what material should be part of library circulation.
    September 24, 2014
    Portland Public Library
    5 Monument Square
    Portland, ME 04101
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Kim Simmons


  • Grant
    Grab Box
    We will have 3 boxes (Children, Teen & Adult) and in them will be banned books. The boxes will have a sign saying "Read Me, I Was Banned".
    Grant Area District Library
    122 Elder
    Grant, MI 49327
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Laura Rodriguez-Irwin

  • 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!
    Cromaine District Library
    3688 N. Hartland Rd
    Hartland , MI 48353
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Jennifer Savage-Dura

  • South Lyon
    Banned Books Week - Celebrating the Freedom to Read
    In Sept. we will be featuring displays of challenged books in out Adult and Teen Departments. During Banned Books Week we are planning to hold a contest to win a Banned Books Week coffee mug. Patrons will be asked to match Banned Books with the reason they were banned. Those who get all of them right will be entered into the drawing to win the mug.
    Salem-South Lyon District Library
    9800 Pontiac Trail
    South Lyon, MI 48178
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Jillian Essenmacher


  • Willmar
    Banned Books Week Display and Movies
    We are holding a Banned Books Week display with a collection of books with covered paper and the reasons they were banned. We will have a photo opportunity wall as well, where people can take pictures as if it were a mug shot. We are showing three movies that are based on banned books throughout the week. The teen movie will be on Monday, September 22 at 4PM. The adult movie will be held on Thursday, September 25 at 5:30PM and the children's matinee will be held at 3:30PM on Friday, September 26.
    Willmar Public Library
    410 5th St SW
    Willmar , MN 56201
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Annice Sevett

  • Winona
    Celebrating the Freedom to Read
    We have a banned books section up year-round but will ramp up during banned books week with a large display and several hundred banned books.
    Paperbacks and Pieces
    429 Mankato Avenue
    Winona, MN 55987
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Shelley Olsen or Krystal Gotz

  • Winona
    2014 Banned Books Display
    Sept. 21-27, 2014
    Krueger Library - Winona State University
    175 West Mark Street - Krueger Library
    Winona, MN 55987
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Kendall Larson


  • Jefferson City
    Celebrate Banned Books!
    September 21-27 is Banned Books Week! Join us on the 25th to discuss the most-challenged and banned teen books. Find out who's challenging these titles and why! You might be surprised.
    Missouri River Regional Library
    214 Adams St.
    Jefferson City, MO 65101
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Courtney Waters, Teen Services Librarian
    573-634-6064 ext. 248

  • 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)
    Rolling Hills Consolidated Library, Belt Branch
    1904 N Belt Hwy
    St. Joseph, MO 64506
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Raye Bradford

  • 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)
    Rolling Hills Consolidated Library, Belt Branch
    1904 N Belt Hwy
    St. Joseph, MO 64506
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Raye Bradford

  • 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)
    Rolling Hills Consolidated Library, Belt Branch
    1904 N Belt Hwy
    St. Joseph, MO 64506
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Raye Bradford

  • 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)
    Rolling Hills Consolidated Library, Belt Branch
    1904 N Belt Hwy
    St. Joseph, MO 64506
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Raye Bradford


  • Hattiesburg
    We will be hosting a Banned Books Week Read Out. We have invited members of the University administration, faculty and staff to read excerpts from their favorite banned book. We will be doing this every 15 minutes throughout the day. We have designed a poster for the event and will be doing an online photo album of banned book covers.
    September 25, 2014
    The University of Southern Mississippi University LIbraries
    Hattiesburg, MS 39406
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Dawn Smith


    Banned Books Week: Creating Graphic Lit in Missoula
    Panel discussion with with local artists and writers including Tim Daniel, Josh Wagner, Dirk Lee, Tony Gregori and others to speak on censorship hurdles and creating graphic lit in Missoula.
    Monday, Sept. 22 - 7 pm
    Missoula Public Library
    301 E MAIN ST
    MISSOULA, MT 59802
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Marje Doyle


  • Fayetteville
    Banned Books Film Festival
    The library invites you to learn about Banned Books Week and watch films based on books that have been challenged. We'll be screening a variety of films for children, teens, and adults at several locations. Free popcorn!
    Sep. 22-27, 2014
    Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center
    300 Maiden Lane
    Fayetteville, NC 28301
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Nora Armstrong

  • Winston Salem
    Students, staff and faculty will read up to 15 minutes from their favorite banned book @ the clock tower, 9-5pm. Readers can sign up for the event by contacting Janet Malliett.
    Winston Salem State University
    601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
    Winston Salem, NC 27110
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Janet Malliett


  • Bellevue
    Banned Books Week Events at Bellevue University
    Join the Freeman-Lozier Library in celebrating your freedom to read through Banned Books Week from September 21st through the 27th. To help showcase some of the banned/challenged materials that the library owns, we are offering a photo contest in which students can join us from 11:00am to 1:00pm on Monday, September 22nd and Tuesday, September 23rd in the Student Center to take a picture with a banned or challenged book for our Instagram page. Every picture is an entry to win one of two Banned Books Week Tote Bags. In addition to the photo contest, the library will be hosting a scavenger hunt in which students can collect up to seven “tear-away” tabs on posters placed in seven different buildings throughout campus. Only one entry per “tear-away” tab, so make sure to look carefully throughout the Educational Services Building, Athletic and Wellness Center, R. Joe Dennis Learning Center, Margre H. Durham Student Center, Riley Technology Center, Hitchcock Humanities Center, and the Freeman / Lozier Library. On Sunday, September 28th, we will draw one winner from the entries for a banned or challenged book of their choice! Our librarians have also selected a number of materials which will be on display for checkout in on our display shelves. Come help us celebrate our freedom to read!
    September 22nd - September 26th
    Freeman Lozier Library
    1000 Galvin Road South
    Bellevue, NE 68005
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Jacob Lee

  • Central City
    Banned Books Week ~ Celebrating the Freedom to Read
    Banned Books display unveiling September 22 (containing challenged and banned titles). We will be giving away a couple of banned/challenged books as prizes, at the end of the week. We will also post items about Banned Books Week on our Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the week.
    Sept 22-Sept 27
    Central City Public Library
    1604 15th Ave
    Central City, NE 68826
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Sara Lee

  • Firth
    We are doing a month-long display of banned books in preparation for Banned Books Week. Students can also get a "mugshot" when they checkout a banned book to be displayed in an area called "Caught Reading a Banned Book"
    Norris High School
    Firth, NE 68358
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Megan Huenemann


  • 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

  • Newark
    Banned Books: Celebrating the Freedom to Read
    The Humanities Division at Essex County College will be hosting an event, "Banned Books: Celebrating the Freedom to Read" on Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 10:00 - 11:30 am in Smith Hall, 2nd Floor, Zachary A. Yamba Building (Megastructure). Students and faculty are invited to read passages from their favorite banned books, graphic novels, and comic books. All are welcome!
    September 25, 2014
    Essex County College
    303 University Avenue
    Newark, NJ 07102
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Professor Rebecca Williams

  • Newark
    Banned Books: Celebrating the Freedom to Read
    The Humanities Division at Essex County College will be hosting an event, "Banned Books: Celebrating the Freedom to Read" on Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 10:00 - 11:30 am in Smith Hall, 2nd Floor, Zachary A. Yamba Building (Megastructure). Students and faculty are invited to read passages from their favorite banned books, graphic novels, and comic books. All are welcome!
    September 25, 2014
    Essex County College
    303 University Avenue
    Newark, NJ 07102
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Professor Rebecca Williams

  • Succasunna
    Teens in grades 7-12 can stop by the Teen Zone and grab a banned or challenged book.This year's theme is comics or graphic novels. It will be wrapped in brown paper, so you won't know what you have until you check it out and open it! Find a special coupon inside and stop by Youth Services to redeem your prize after you return the book. There will be 10 prizes available!
    September 9 - September 30, 2014
    Roxbury Public Library
    103 Main Street
    Succasunna, NJ 07876
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Liz Sann
    973-584-2400 x113


  • Rio Rancho
    Banned books jewelry for teens, interactive book display
    Banned Books Week is off to a fun start at Loma Colorado Main Library with a craft for teens: banned books jewelry (teens 13-19, no registration required). The Library will also have a collection of banned books on display. Each book will contain brief information about why it was banned. Patrons are encouraged to check out books from the display. In addition, there will be a blank book in which patrons can express themselves concerning the topic of censorship.
    Loma Colorado Main Library
    755 Loma Colorado Blvd NE
    Rio Rancho, NM 87124
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Ann McGinley


  • Las Vegas
    Uncensored Voices: Celebrating Your Freedom to Read
    Fight censorship and celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week on September 22 through 28! Every year, there are hundreds of attempts to remove books like Harry Potter, Captain Underpants, and Catcher in the Rye from the shelves of bookstores, libraries, and schools. This year’s event shines a light on graphic novels, which are often subject to censorship, despite serious literary merit and popularity. Don’t close the book on your freedom to read by attending this enlightening program and reading your favorite banned book or graphic novel during Banned Books Week. Co-sponsored by the ACLU of Nevada.
    Clark County Library (Room: Main Theater)
    1401 E. Flamingo Road
    Las Vegas, NV 89119
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Allison Bowmer
    (702) 366-1226


  • New York
    Design a poster to educate students about Banned Books Week
    This is a class project for students enrolled in The Psychology of Color course.
    week of 9/15
    Fashion Institute of Technology
    7th Avenue @ 27th Street
    New York, NY 10001
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Margaret Miele

  • Syracuse
    Edible Banned Books Festival
    Participants create edible representations of a banned book of his/her choice. Entries are displayed, and winners voted on. Visitors, onlookers, & voters learn about Banned Books Week!
    Tuesday, Sept 23rd
    Syracuse University
    343 Hinds Hall
    Syracuse, NY 13244
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Alexandra Heidler

  • Syracuse, NY
    Graphic Novels Banned
    Betts Branch Library
    4862 South Salina Street
    Syracuse, NY, NY 13205
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Ossie Edwards


  • Beavercreek
    We Read Banned Books!
    We will be featuring a bulletin board and book displays in both the YA and Children's areas with bibliographies and CAUTION tape.
    Sept 8-30
    Beavercreek Public Library
    3618 Dayton Xenia Rd
    Beavercreek , OH 45432
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Tim Capehart

  • Cleveland
    Read Banned Books Display
    September 10-27, 2014
    Cleveland Public Library
    325 Superior Avenue
    Cleveland, OH 44114
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Annisha Jeffries

  • North Canton
    #selfie: Banned Books Week
    Week long display regarding censorship and challenged books at the Walsh University library. Take a selfie with your favorite frequently challenged book and we'll add it to our facebook page to be entered in a contest!
    Walsh University
    2020 East Maple St.
    North Canton, OH 44720
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Katie Hutchison

  • Toledo
    17th Annual Banned Books Week Vigil
    The 17th Annual UT Banned Books Week Vigil will be on Thursday, September 25. The day will featuring 20-minute presentations, free light snacks (served all day), and door prizes and banned books will be given away every half hour!
    Thursday, September 25
    The Carl Joseph Reading Room of Carlson Library, University of Toledo
    2801 Bancroft St., Mail Stop #509
    Toledo, OH 43615
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Paulette D. Kilmer


  • 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:
    Month of August and September 2014
    Shakespeare Books & Antiques LLC
    163 E. Main Street
    Ashland, OR 97520
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Judi Honore

  • Eugene
    Banned Books Week Read-Out
    On September 27, 2014 from 1pm to 3pm in the central rotunda, the Eugene Public Library will hold a Banned Books Week Read-Out for the community. Volunteers will read aloud a passage from each of several books, which include the graphic novels, Bone, Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith, The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey, Blankets by Craig Thompson, Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons, and Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan & Niko Henrichon. The BBW Readout is a collaborative effort of Springfield Public Library, the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and Eugene Public Library. In addition, there will be displays throughout September in the library of banned/challenged books in adult fiction and non-fiction, children’s books, and teen’s books.
    September 27, 2014
    Eugene Public Library
    100 West 10th Avenue
    Eugene, OR 97401
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Nancy Horner

  • Portland
    Cafe Banned Presents...To Cut or Not to Cut: A Conversation About Censorship
    Recent efforts to remove the n-word in literature—from a recent edition of Mark Twain’s Huck Finn in which the word is changed to “slave”, to the attempt to halt a high school production of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone because of its “offensive” language—raise questions about censorship. Is censorship ever a good thing? Should accommodations be made considering the difference between a character’s and author’s point of view? Reed College professor Pancho Savery will facilitate a discussion that examines these questions, as well as their importance beyond conversations about literature. Savery’s program is made possible by funding from Oregon Humanities, which connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities.
    Multnomah County Library, Central Library
    801 SW 10th Avenue
    Portland, OR 97205
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes


  • Indiana
    IUP Annual Banned Books Read Out
    Wednesday, September 24th
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Stapleton Library @ IUP Campus
    Indiana, PA 15701
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Dr. Tanya Heflin

  • Norristown
    The library is planning a display of contested books for people to see and (hopefully) take out. There will also be a list of contested books specifically for teens that are available at the library.
    Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library
    1001 Powell St.
    Norristown, PA 19401
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Elena Villeco

  • Pittsburgh
    fREADom - A Celebration of the Freedom to Read
    Pittsburgh personalities and performers will read from their favorite banned or challenged works. Featuring: Charlie Batch, former quarterback- Pittsburgh Steelers/founder- Best of the Batch Foundation Paul Guggenheimer, host, WESA’s “Essential Pittsburgh” Dan Kamin, world-renowned mime Alan Olifson, comedian, host of Moth StorySLAM Pittsburgh Hope Academy of Music and the Arts, arts education outreach program for youth Plus - Banned Advertising! Images and clips from ads that some folks thought you shouldn’t see!
    Monday, September 22, 2014
    ACLU-PA Greater Pittsburgh Chapter
    JCC- 5738 Darlington Road
    Pittsburgh, PA 15217
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Barb Feige

  • Springdale
    Display of Banned Books
    Will have a display of some banned books and information sheets explaining banned books, along with bookmarks and a book of information on banned books.
    Sept. 22. 2014
    Springdale Free Public Library
    331 School Street
    Springdale, PA 15144
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Dee Clark

  • State College
    Banned Books Film Festival
    Schedule of Events: Saturday September 20, 2014 10 am - Alexander Nevsky 12:30 pm - To Kill a Mockingbird 3 pm - Fahrenheit 451 5:30 pm - Kite Runner 8 pm - 1984 10:15 pm - Lolita* Sunday September 21, 2014 3 pm - The Handmaid’s Tale* 5:30 pm - The Last Temptation of Christ* 8:30 pm - Panel: The Last Temptation of Christ and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 10:15 pm - One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest* *Under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
    Saturday, September 20th and Sunday, September 21st
    The State Theatre
    130 W College Ave.
    State College, PA 16801
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Madison Mock
    (814) 865-4189

  • York
    Banned Books
    We will be featuring banned books from the last five years as well as hosting a live read out. We will also showcase virtual readouts that will be broadcast in the lobby of the library.
    York College of Pennsylvania
    York, PA 17403
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    CaseyAnn Salanova


  • Providence
    Free Tattoo with Checkout of Banned Book
    Free tattoos to people who check out banned books during the week of Sept 21-27. We will have displays up at all nine of our locations with temporary tattoos tucked away inside frequently challenged or banned books.
    Providence Community Library
    Providence, RI 02906
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Ed Graves


  • Charleston
    Banned Books Week DIY Festival
    We will have displays and a photobooth all week long. On Thursday, we will celebrate the freedom to read and express ourselves with a DIY Festival - including live screenprinting, zine-making, letter-writing, button-making and more!
    September 25th
    College of Charleston - Addlestone Library
    205 Calhoun St.
    Charleston, SC 29401
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Alana Lewis

  • Conway
    Banned Books Virtual Read-Out
    Monday, 9/22/14 Grab some popcorn and watch the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out. Faculty, staff and students participated in reading passages from the "Banned Books that Shaped America" and created a short film of their readings. Wednesday, 9/24/14 Banned Books Tweet Out. Come to the library and get a photo taken with your favorite banned book. CCU students, tweet it out to be eligible to win a prize. All week long there will be displays and a contest for CCU students. A prize will be given to the student who correctly answers the most questions about banned books.
    Monday, September 22 and Wednesday, September 24, 2014
    Kimbel Library - Coastal Carolina University
    376 University Blvd.
    Conway, SC 29526
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Barbara Burd

  • Rock Hill
    Banned Books Display
    Sept. 8-30, 2014
    Northwestern High School Media Center
    2503 W. Main Street
    Rock Hill, SC 29730
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Susan H. Mitchell


  • Saginaw
    Banned Books Week
    Celebrate Banned Books Week at the John Ed Keeter Public Library with two family movies based on a banned or challenged book. Movie show times include September 10th and 24th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Free popcorn will be available the first 30 minutes of show time. The week of September 23rd-27th, the library will be featuring books that have all been targeted for removal or restrictions in libraries and schools in the last 100+ years. The books that have been banned will be wrapped in "Danger" tape and books that have been challenged will be wrapped in "Caution" tape. Books will be displayed on the Help Desk. Thousands of individuals and institutions across the United States participate in Banned Books Week each year, and it has grown into a premier literary event and a national awareness and advocacy campaign around censorship.
    September 24, 2014
    John Ed Keeter Public Library
    355 W. McLeroy Blvd.
    Saginaw, TN 76179
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Paula Waak

  • Sparta
    Banned Books Week at Riverbank Books
    Riverbank Books
    269 W. Bockman Way
    Sparta, TN 38583
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Tonya Carter

  • Tullahoma
    Hobbit Day Celebration!
    It's Bilbo's AND Frodo's Birthday!!! PLUS it's Baned Books week! Come celebrate all things Middle Earth at Lannom Library! Costume contests, scavenger hunts, riddles, trivia, and Hobbit-hole-worthy-snacks! All ages event! 6:30PM
    September 22nd 6:30 PM
    Coffee County Lannom Library
    312 North Collins Street
    Tullahoma , TN 37388
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Sharon Edwards


  • 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

  • Dallas
    Celebrate Freedom to Read
    In the lead up to our school-wide Book Fair (Oct 3-10), we are hosting a Banned Books Week contest and event. Since this year's theme is Comics and Graphic Novels, the kids are going to design their own front cover from a list of Banned Books (for grades 1-12). Each cover includes a "Tweet" (short sentence or word) that lists one of three things: 1) Why they like comics, 2) Why freedom of speech is important, 3) Why they liked the book. The covers and tweets will be judged by several of our teachers and our head of school, with the prizes awarded at "Heroes and Hotcakes" event. All the covers will be displayed on the walls of the school from the entrance to the Gym. We are featuring graphic novels, and if we can find them graphic novelizations of banned books, in the Library. Prizes are a Half Priced Books gift card, free dress day (no uniforms) and spirit wear for each winner -lower, middle, upper. Top covers will also be featured on our website.
    Sep 22-Oct 3
    The Winston School
    5707 Royal Lane
    Dallas, TX 75229
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Lisa Tobleman


  • Fishersville
    Banned Book Art Show
    Observe Banned Books Week with an exhibit featuring local artists whose work explores the themes of censorship and intellectual freedom. Opening reception at 6 p.m., Wednesday, September 3, 2014.
    September 3 - 30, 2014
    Augusta County Library
    1759 Jefferson Hwy.
    Fishersville, VA 22939
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Rebecca Lamb

  • Hopewell
    Danger! Step Away from the Banned Books
    We will make a few Banned Books displays, one in the entrance of the library with flames around it. One with a cart of books and chains and flames coming out of the books that patrons can check out. We will put posters for young adults where they can answer tally questions, like 'Which book would you save"? Would you risk jail times to defend your favorite book"? and add posters with quotes about freedom of reading.
    week of Sept 21 to 27
    Appomattox Regional Library system- Hopewell Library
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    jeanine Albiges
    804 458 8329 ext 1013

  • Norfolk
    Burn the Books: The Fight for Free Expression
    Constitution and Citizenship Day and Banned Books Week Burn the Books: The Fight for Free Expression Tues., Sept. 23, 2014, 7 p.m., 1310 & 1311 Learning Commons Perry Library Presented by Old Dominion University, the College of Arts and Letters, & the University Libraries Reception at 6:30 p.m. in front of the Learning Commons "Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it." – Mark Twain Hundreds of books are challenged in public schools and libraries each year. Who can challenge a book? How does a book’s popularity affect challenges? Where does intellectual freedom end and censorship begin? What does the First Amendment’s free expression clause really mean? Keynote Speaker: Alicia Defonzo, Instructor, English Department Panel Discussion: Associate Professor KaaVonia Hinton- Johnson, Department of Teaching and Learning in Education; Assistant Professor Elizabeth Groeneveld, Department of Women’s Studies; Assistant Professor Shenita Brazelton, Department of Political Science and Geography, and Ms. Lucinda Rush, Education Reference Services Librarian. Moderator: Ms. Elizabeth Esinhart, Director, Interdisciplinary Studies
    Old Dominion University Library, Learning Commons, Norfolk campus
    Hampton Blvd.
    Norfolk, VA 23529
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Beth Esinhart or Alicia DeFonzo
    757-683-4044 or


  • 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, or call (802) 223-6304 x114.
    Unitarian Church
    2 Duane Court (off Charles Ave.)
    Middlebury, VT 05753
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Andrea Warnke
    (802) 223-6304 x114


  • Seattle
    Banned! Books in Drag
    Join us at Neighbours Nightclub for a free evening of drag and literature for Banned! Books in Drag hosted by The Stranger’s David Schmader! This event is 21 and over. Some of Seattle’s favorite drag performers and comedians will give performances inspired by their favorite works of literature. Check out our collection of titillating fiction, find your next great read or sit back and enjoy a combination of drag and literature that is too hot to have in a library building! The lineup includes performances from Aleksa Manila, Robbie Turner, La Saveona Hunt, Amora Dior Black, Atasha Manila, Isabella Extynn St. James, Ernie Von Schmaltz, comedian Abbey Drake, DJ Dewey Decimal and more. Celebrate the Freedom to Read. Banned: Books in Drag will be a night to remember! Notes This event is 21 and over. Registration and tickets are not required. This event is free (but drinks are not) and all are welcome. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; program begins at 7 p.m.
    Saturday, Sep. 27, 2014, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
    Neighbours Nightclub
    1509 Broadway
    Seattle, WA 98122
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Jared Mills

  • Seattle
    Challenging Your Freedom to Read
    Banned Books: Which and Why? Thursday, September 11, 2014, 12 – 1:30 p.m. Green Lake Branch Hot Topics for Seniors (And Senior Wannabees!) presents a discussion on "Banned Books: Which & Why?" Banned Book Films: 'Bless Me Ultima' Saturday, September 20, 2014, 2 – 5 p.m. Beacon Hill Branch Join us for a Banned Books Movie screening followed by a short discussion at the Beacon Hill Branch. Banned Books Story Time Monday, September 22, 2014, 10:30 – 11 a.m. Capitol Hill Branch It is Banned Books Story Time at the Capitol Hill Library! Enjoy stories and songs celebrating the freedom to read. For children ages 3 to 8 and their families.
    The Seattle Public Library
    1000 Fourth Ave.
    Seattle, WA 98104
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Green Lake Branch

  • Seattle
    Read Out for Banned Books Week
    The iSchool invites faculty, staff and students to celebrate the Freedom to Read during Banned Books Week. Come together with fellow book lovers and read out loud from your favorite banned books. Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. (--Article 19, Universal Declaration of Human Rights) We dedicate this event to our faculty, colleague and mentor Dr. Eliza T. Dresang, who passed away earlier this year. This event is sponsored by Information & Society Center (ISC). Join the conversation on Twitter with #readout4eliza and tweet your favorite banned books!
    September 19, 2014
    University of Washington Information School
    214 Summit Ave E
    Seattle, WA 98195
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Ivette Bayo Urban

  • University of Washington's Information School
    Read-Out for Eliza sponsored by ISC at UW
    In honor of Eliza T. Dresang’s work, ISC, and in celebration of Banned Books Week, we invite faculty, staff and students to come together and Celebrate the Freedom to Read during the iFair*. If you are on campus, swing by we will have books there to read OR feel free to bring your own. For those who have been touched by her work and want to participate virtually, please post your own videos and use #readout4eliza * iFair is part of iWelcome week - Activities for incoming and current UW Information School students.
    September 19, 2014
    University of Washington MGH
    University of Washington's Information School, WA 98155
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Ivette Bayo Urban

  • Vancouver
    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.
    Vancouver, Washington
    1011 Main Street
    Vancouver, WA 98660
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Justin Stanley


  • Fond du Lac
    Trivia and Discussion on Banned Books
    Join Marian's English Department for a panel discussion on censorship and trigger warnings followed by a night of fun trivia related to banned or challenged books. Marian University's Cardinal Meyer Library is also hosting a displayed selection of banned books.
    Monday, September 29
    Marian University
    45 S. National Avenue
    Fond du Lac, WI 54935
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Michele Keifenheim or Celina Chesney

  • Madison
    Teaching with Banned Books
    Educators can enliven books in the classroom by accessing instructional resources about books that have been challenged help. Our online collection provides these resources for everyone to freely use. See:
    150 E. Gilman St.
    Madison, WI 53703
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Carin Bringelson


  • Cody
    Banned Books
    I will be reading aloud each day (from challenged books of course!).
    September 21st -27th
    Park County Library
    1500 Heart Mountain
    Cody, WY 82450
    Display: Yes
    Event: Yes
    Shelly Waidelich