Banned Books Week (September 22-28, 2019) is an annual event that highlights the benefits of unrestricted reading and draws attention to censorship attempts. This year's Banned Books Week theme is "Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark. Keep the Light On." Censorship leaves us in the dark by extinguishing information and silencing challenging discussions. But there are places that keep the light on, allowing everyone to access materials from an array of viewpoints.
During Banned Books Week, inspire readers to spotlight censorship and explore the freedom to read with the illuminating materials. Find more products in the ALA Store.
Censorship leaves us in the dark. Proclaim your dedication to keeping the light on and offering an array of viewpoints with this illuminating poster. This year-round poster is the perfect addition to any space where ideas and perspectives are welcome.
22" x 34", $16
Censorship leaves us in the dark, but reading banned books sparks a light. Spotlight censorship with these glow-in-the-dark buttons, which state "Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark. Read a Banned Book." To learn more about banned and challenged books and ways to defend the freedom to read, the back of the button includes a link to ala.org/bbooks.
Censorship leaves us in the dark, but awareness about the freedom to read keeps the light on. With more than 90 descriptions of recent censorship attempts around the country, the Field Report is a perfect handout for those interested in learning about challenged books, censorship trends, and how to defend the freedom to read. Compiled by speaker, author and former Office for Intellectual Freedom director James LaRue, the Field Report reviews public challenges to books, films, programs, meeting rooms, displays, and online resources. The report also includes 12 ways readers can shine a light on censorship, as well as information on the Top 11 Most Challenged Books of 2018.
16 pages, 50-pack, $35
Illuminate a banned and challenged book with these enlightening bookmarks. Censorship leaves us in the dark by extinguishing information, but awareness about the freedom to read keeps the light on. The bookmark includes a link to ala.org/bbooks for further resources on defending the freedom to read, and the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek to encourage others to join the online conversation about censorship.
The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom is offering three t-shirt designs spotlighting censorship and celebrating the freedom to read. These custom-created shirts are avaialble only through IndiCo Direct. Shirts come in ladies and unisex styles in a variety of sizes.
$20.95, 50/25/25 poly/ring spun combed cotton/rayon
Celebrate the freedom to read and spotlight censorship with these bookmarks that list the Top 11 Most Challenged Books of 2018, compiled by the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom. In 2018, the American Library Association tracked 347 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services. Spark conversations with these informational bookmarks, that match the theme of Banned Books Week – “Censorship leaves us in the dark. Keep the light on” – and include a link to ala.org/bbooks for further resources on defending the freedom to read.
Do you read banned books? With a speckled background and bold lettering, these classic stickers are a great giveaway in classrooms or at programs, and a vivid reminder to continue reading books that challenge us.
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell is set in a dystopian society where independent thought is a crime, history is rewritten, and surveillance is omnipresent. Did you know that the classic novel has also been threatened with censorship? Draw attention to privacy and censorship concerns with this “eye-catching” bag — the perfect size to carry around your banned and challenged titles. Find privacy and intellectual freedom resources at ala.org/intellectualfreedom.
12 oz., 100% cotton canvas tote, 24" navy handles; 15" W x 16" H x 4" D
The Banned Books Week Box is a literary subscription that fights censorship. Sent once a year, the box contains the newest Banned Books Week products at a 15% discount.
Reading banned books benefits our empathy, our worldview, and our democracy. Make a powerful statement about your freedom to read with this colorful vinyl sticker.
6" x 4", $4
Pour hot liquid in and the redactions disappear!
11 oz., $15