Celebrating the Freedom to Read: Sept. 27- Oct. 3, 2015

2015 Featured Events

Official Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out

For the fifth year in a row, readers from across the country and around the world will be able to participate virtually during Banned Books Week, Sept. 27 –October 3, 2015. Participants may proclaim the importance of the freedom to read by posting videos that will be featured on a dedicated Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out YouTube channel. Submit your video here! Detailed instructions on how to participate are available on the American Library Association website.

NCTE Twitter Chat: Say YA to Reading

Sunday, September 20, 2015, at 8 p.m. ET

Join NCTE on Twitter on the third Sunday of each month at 8 p.m. ET for #nctechat, organized by NCTE Social Media Coordinator Beth Shaum (@BethShaum). For Banned Books Week NCTE is having a "Say YA to Reading" #nctechat with guest hosts Jennifer Buehler (@ProfBuehler) & Matt de la Pena (@mattdelapena). 

WeHo Reads: Banned Books

Saturday, September 26, 11 a.m.-7.p.m. – FREE!
Council Chambers and Autocourt (625 N. San Vicente Blvd)

In honor of Banned Books Week, WeHo Reads—the City of West Hollywood’s ongoing author series—has scheduled a full day of literary and artistic events, on Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 11am to 7pm in the City Council Chambers and Autocourt (625 N. San Vicente Blvd). WeHo Reads Banned Books will start at 11am with book readings and activities for children. Throughout the day, performance art, queer sticker-making workshops and other art activities will take place. In addition, there will be several panel discussions from authors that have been banned and/or deemed controversial for issues related to race, religion, gender, sexuality and/or other ‘hot button’ issues. Bookmark this site and check it frequently for updates on participating authors as they are announced!

WeHo Reads is being produced by The City of West Hollywood and the West Hollywood Library with the support of Red Hen Press, Les Figues Press, PEN Center USA, Book Soup, and LA As Subject.

Celebrating Banned Books Week: A Conversation with Banned and Challenged Young Adult Authors

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 7 p.m. - FREE!
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street New York, NY 10012

Join the sponsors of Banned Books Week for an exciting conversation with banned and challenged Young Adult authors, including David Levithan, author of Boy Meets Boy and Two Boys Kissing, Meg Medina, author of Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, which has been banned in some areas due to its title, and Coe Booth, author of Kinda Like Brothers. The discussion will focus on the topic of censorship, each author's experience being banned or challenged, and the importance of free and open access to all books, especially for young adult readers. The conversation will be moderated by David Shipler, author of Freedom of Speech: Mightier Than the Sword.

Free Webinar: How to protect the Freedom to Read in Your Library

Tuesday, September 29, 2015  9am PST/ 10am MST/ 11am CST/ 12pm EST

What do you do when a patron or a parent finds a book in your library offensive and wants to take it off your shelves? How do you remain sensitive to the needs of all patrons while avoiding banning a title? How can you bring attention to the issue of book banning in an effective way? In this 1-hour webinar, three experienced voices will share personal experiences and tips for protecting and promoting the freedom to read. Sponsored by SAGE Publications and ALA.

Click here for more information and to register

Reddit's Banned Books Week AMA (Ask Me Anything-Scary Stories style)

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7-9 p.m. CT

This Reddit AMA will include Cody Meirick, producer and director of the upcoming documentary, Scary Stories; Peter Schwartz, son of author Alvin Schwartz; as well as Kristin Pekoll, Assistant Director for the Office for Intellectual Freedom with the American Library Association. It is Banned Books Week! We'll be talking about banning books in America. Why are these books banned and why should we care?
Banned Books Week Ask Me Anything - Scary Stories Style

  1. Save the date on your personal calendars. 
  2. Check back to the link above on the day of the event.
  3. Follow the direct link to the AMA Banned Books Week post that Cody will create specifically for this live event. 
  4. Create an account or login to Reddit
  5. Ask Questions and comment about the impact of Banned Books, especially Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

Example: Reddit AMA Discussion with Lois Lowry
Learn more at the Scary Stories Documentary website.