Central Library: Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week Programs – September 23-29

Banned Books Week

Books are still banned and challenged today. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. In most cases, books have remained available thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

Banned Books Readathon
Central Library
September 23-29 | During open hours | Adults, teens, and children 8+

Expand your mind, combat censorship, and enjoy reading banned books!
The challenge: read three banned books of your choice in a week. Sign up at any service desk and tell us what you plan on reading. For each book you finish, you get one entry into a raffle to win some cool prizes! Like Isaac Asimov said: “If a book is worth banning, it’s worth reading!”

Banned Books Trivia Night
Central Library, Community Room
Monday, September 24 | 6-7:45 PM | Adults & teens 14+ | Register online (Registration opens 9/1)

Think you know your rabblerousing books and authors? Show us! Stop in for a few rounds of Banned Book Trivia, and see if you can name titles, authors, and facts about the ways in which they were challenged for removal from public spaces. Compete solo or in teams of up to four; you’ll be given lists of frequently banned titles, but cellphone “research” is a no-no! There’ll be prizes, snacks, and of course, the most important thing…bragging rights!

DIY Book Covers
Central Library, Community Room
Saturday, September 29 | 1-2:30 PM | Adults & teens 13+ | Register online (Registration opens 9/1)

You have the right to read freely… which means it’s no one’s business what you read! Protect your privacy, and your books from damage, by making your own no-sew and reusable book covers with fabric and glue. Bring your own fabric or choose from our selection.