Making Banned Books Week Work in Your Community

A FREE on-demand webinar presented in partnership with ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom

Banned Books Week (BBW) has been a mainstay in American libraries for over 30 years. This annual event brings together communities in support of the freedom to read and to express ideas, even those considered unorthodox or unpopular. Some libraries have been celebrating BBW for decades and feel like they are "preaching to the choir," while others have steered clear of stirring up controversy. This free on-demand webinar from PLA and the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) shines a light on these and other barriers to successful participation in BBW and focuses on solutions to keep your library’s involvement fresh, relevant, and meaningful to your community.

Originally presented September 13, 2017.

Who Should Attend

This free on-demand webinar is open to everyone and will be helpful for anyone interested in intellectual freedom issues, particularly those library staff involved in development of programs or displays, community engagement, or administration.


Kristin PekollKristin Pekoll is assistant director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF). She is dedicated to promoting the right to read and providing education about free speech and the First Amendment. The OIF team works enthusiastically to create and promote an engaging campaign for Banned Books Week to celebrate the freedom to read and express ideas and discuss the harms of censorship. Kristin shines a light on current book challenges in libraries and schools and advocates for access to information through blogs, newsletters, social media, and webinars. As a former public librarian, she is most passionate about supporting teachers and librarians on the front lines. You can reach her on Twitter @kpekoll or email




This on-demand webinar is free and available 24/7 for your viewing convenience.

How to Register

No registration is required.

Tech Requirements

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Credits or CEUs

PLA does not award credit hours, or CEUs, for its on-demand webinars and cannot verify participation.


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