What you can do to fight censorship, keep books available in your libraries, and promote the freedom to read!
Banned Books Week offers an opportunity for readers to voice their concerns, celebrate free expression and show their communities the importance of intellectual freedom. Share how you're celebrating Banned Books Week with the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) at email@example.com; your ideas may inspire other people!
Stay informed. If you read or hear about a challenge at your school or public library, support your librarian and free and open access to library materials. Let OIF know if there is a challenged in your community. OIF estimates it learns of only 20 to 25 percent of book challenges. Find out what the policy is for reviewing challenged materials at your school or public library. Stay updated about intellectual freedom news by joining the Intellectual Freedom Action News (IFACTION) e-list or reading the Journal for Intellectual Freedom and Privacy.
Organize your own Banned Books Week event. This could be at your school, public library, or favorite bookstore. Think outside "the book" when brainstorming ideas. Some communities have dedicated a day of programming on their national public radio station to banned books, while others have hosted art contests with a free speech theme. Check out our Pinterest page for more inspiration.
Attend a Banned Books Week event. Visit the calendar of events page for programs hosted in your area.
Help spread the word. Use the hashtag #bannedbooksweek to declare your right to read. Our Free Downloads page offers graphics and badges to include in blogs, promotional materials or home pages.
Speak out. Write letters to the editor, your public library director and your local school principal supporting the freedom to read. Talk to your neighbors and friends about why everyone should be allowed to choose for themselves and their families what they read. Encourage your governor, city council and mayor to proclaim Banned Books Week in your community.
Exercise your reading rights. Check out a favorite banned book. Encourage your book group to read and discuss one of the books, or hive one of your favorite books as a gift.
Join the Freedom to Read Foundation. It's dedicated to the legal and financial defense of intellectual freedom, especially in libraries. You can also support the cause by buying Banned Books Week posters, buttons and T-shirts online.
Participate in the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out. Readers from across the country and around the world can participate virtually by uploading videos of themselves reading from their favorite banned/challenged book. Check out the Virtual Read-Out page for more information.
Proclaim Banned Books Week at your public library. Show that reading is essential for democracy, and that intellectual freedom is essential for a creative society.