Banned Books Week Events

2014 Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week 2014 will take place September 21-27. Stay tuned for more information.

2013 Banned Books Week events 

Banned Books Week 2013 will take place September 22-28. The following are a few events taking place during Banned Books Week:

  • For the third year in a row, the sponsors of Banned Books Week will host the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out! Criteria for videos has been updated since 2012. For detailed instructions on how to host a virtual read-out at your library, click here.
  • Celebrate your freedom to read via Twitter Party! Check out this page on for more details.
  • Google Hangouts with banned/challenged authors throughout the week

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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. 

Bill Moyers, the host of “Moyers & Company” on public television and a long-time supporter of Banned Books Week, has produced a video essay addressing the importance of our freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. “Censorship is the enemy of truth, even more than a lie,” said Bill Moyers. “A lie can be exposed; censorship can prevent us from knowing the difference.”
Moyers’s video is part of the Virtual Read Out, an advocacy campaign to spotlight the harms of censorship of books in schools and libraries, and provide an opportunity for readers to demonstrate their support for the First Amendment by reading from their favorite banned or 
challenged books. Stephen Chbosky, author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Sara Paretsky, author of VI Warshawski fame, and Poet Laureate of San Antonio, Carmen Tafolla joined Moyers in the Virtual Read-Out with videos of them reading from their banned/challenged works or their favorite banned/challenged novel. Check out the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out channel on YouTube for access to more videos.
Banned Books Virtual Read-Out
In addition to the continuation of the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out, the Office for Intellectual Freedom delivered the 50 State Salute to Banned Books Week in coordination with ALA Chapters. The 50 State Salute consisted of videos on how each state celebrates the freedom to read. Click on the logo to videos your state produced:

50 State Salute to Banned Books Week


Photos of Banned Books Week events


Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.