Join the celebration of “Words Have Power” at your library. The American Library Association (ALA) is celebrating Banned Books Week (September 24-30) with a national Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament. The Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament challenges readers to tweet action items that spotlight library resources, First Amendment rights and the harms of censorship using the hashtag #RebelReader. And we’d like you to become a partner!
Who’s eligible to become a partner?
Libraries (public, school, academic, special) and qualifying nonprofits with 501(c)(3) designation are eligible to become partners of the ALA Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament. The registration form must be submitted by a library or nonprofit employee that is age 18 or older. Read the Official Rules here.
What does it mean to be a partner?
In addition to participating and promoting the national tournament with their own social media channels, Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament partners are encouraged to tailor the program to their communities, drawing attention to the freedom to read and highlighting their own resources.
What are the benefits of being a partner?
The title is not without its perks:
- The Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament webpage lists your library’s or nonprofit’s name, logo, website and Twitter handle.
- You’ll be emailed a digital toolkit to publicize the Twitter Tournament. The toolkit includes social media art, web ads, customizable flyers, printable bookmarks and sample tweets.
- Leading up to Banned Books Week, you’ll receive tips, reminders and ideas on how to have a special Banned Books Week celebration.
- Libraries that register as a Rebel Reader partner will be entered in a drawing to win intellectual freedom prizes!
What prizes are included in the drawing for library partners?
Four partners will be randomly selected to receive one of the following:
- Intellectual Freedom Manual, 9th edition
- Banned Books: Defending Our Freedom to Read
- $50 ALA Store gift card
- Advocacy and Intellectual Freedom Boot Camp at a conference*
* A boot camp will be scheduled in collaboration with the winning library’s state chapter and will be held during the chapter conference. ALA will cover the travel and lodging of the two speakers.
Potential drawing winners will be contacted on October 2 via email and publicly announced via Twitter.