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Banned Books Week: Events

About Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is a yearly event that takes place during the last week of September. Banned Books Week focuses on books that have either been banned or challenged throughout history in schools and libraries. The week is a celebration of open access to information and the freedom to read.


  • Banned Books Read Aloud: September 24 - 26 (Monday - Wednesday) from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, East Porch of Ekstrom Library
    • Students, faculty, and staff will be reading from their favorite banned or challenged books on the east side of Ekstrom Library.

  • Decorate Your Favorite Banned Book Cover
    • Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 11:00am - 1:00pm. The University Writing Center will have "book covers" that people can write the names of their favorite banned book on fake book covers (and decorate, if desired). The "book covers" will be hung on the Writing Center windows. 
  • Film Screening: James and the Giant Peach
    • Bring your lunch! We'll bring the ice cream!
    • Thursday, September 27 at 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Ekstrom Library Room 117A
    • James and the Giant Peach (2010, 79 min.): The book by Roald Dahl was challenged in multiple states for language, and references to drugs, alcohol, and mysticism.
  • Instagram Your Favorite Banned Book: September 23 - 29
    • Share photos of your favorite banned books with us via Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

Graphic with text, "Stand Up for Your Right to Read."Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association

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