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 bannedbooksweek.org for more details.
- Google Hangouts with banned/challenged authors throughout the week
Promote your Banned Books Week event on the bannedbooksweek.org website targeted to the general public on the Events page. Add your event to the list by filling out this form.
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
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:
Photos of Banned Books Week events