Banned Books Week Events
2014 Banned Books Week
Banned Books Week 2014 took place September 21-27. ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom celebrated Banned Books Week with a free webinar.
You're Invited to a Free Webinar: Regional Issues for Banned Books in 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 9am PT/12pm ET
Cosposored by SAGE Publications and the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom
In 2013, there were 307 reported requests for books to be removed from America’s libraries, potentially putting those volumes out of reach of students, readers, and learners of all types. While every corner of the map faces unique issues related to library censorship, these issues also catalyze passionate freedom-to-read advocates dedicated to getting the books back on library shelves. In this one-hour webinar, we will “travel” from London, to South Carolina, to Texas, to California, to talk with three activists about the problems they face and their efforts to un-ban books as well as Congresswoman Linda Sanchez about why their efforts are so important.
- London, UK: Jodie Ginsberg, CEO of Index on Censorship, will start us off by discussing issues faced outside of the U.S. and how Index chooses to respond.
- Charleston, South Carolina: We will then travel to Charleston — where the graphic novel Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel has been a flashpoint in a university funding controversy — to hear from Shelia Harrell-Roye, a committee member from Charleston Friends of the Library. With the 2014 Banned Books Week focus on graphic novels, Harrell-Roye will discuss what her group has been doing to support this critically acclaimed book.
- Houston, Texas: Moving westward, we will travel to Houston to hear from Tony Diaz, author, radio host, and leader of El Librotraficante. Diaz is a champion for banned books and for ethnic studies textbooks in both Arizona and Texas.
This banned books journey will end in California where Congresswoman Linda Sánchez of the CA 38th District, will offer some closing remarks about why the freedom to read is so important for our nation’s future. Afterward, our very own Ed McBride will wrap up the conversation from Thousand Oaks, CA.
Planning to attend? Let your social space know about this important event using #FreetoRead14.
Highlights from Banned Books Week 2013
Banned Books Week 2013 took place September 22-28. In addition to the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out, many celebrated their freedom to read via Twitter Party! We also hosted Google Hangouts with banned/challenged authors throughout the week
Highlights from Banned Books Week 2012
Banned Books Week 2012 marked its 30th anniversary (see timeline). 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. Award-winning broadcast journalists Bill Moyers and Judith Davidson Moyers had been named Honorary Co-Chairs of Banned Books Week.
Photos of Banned Books Week events