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Banned Books Week (BBW )is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. The Oak Park Public Library in Oak Park, IL is highlighting BBW by taking mugshots of staff members and patrons.


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Book Banning is such an awful thing,... parents who want to care for their kids challenge books and then... they perhaps ar banned... Banned Book week is a great celebration... celebrate freedom of speech and press is what they want to say... and these parents who "care" for their kids i cant understand them... they let them watch tvtvtv and play violent videogames but books shall be difficult? weird ^^


“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” — Benjamin Franklin


“Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as publick Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.” — Benjamin Franklin


“Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us." — Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas


Having worked in a library in the Acquisitions department in two universities I believe in celebrating Banned Book week. This year Sept 21-27, 2014.

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Photo from the top of a local Little Free Library.

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A display of many popular books that made the banned book list featured in the Sims Memorial Library for Banned Book Week.

Celebrate Banned Books Week 2010 with resources for your library and community at

Business libarian Mark Bieraugel created this cover of Anthony Burgess' banned book "A Clockwork Orange" for Kennedy Library's Banned Books Week celebration.

Banned Books Week signage at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, 9th & G Sts., NW, September 2014.

and I was a little behind and didn't make a post about it. My friend Robert sent me this bookmark which I bet he found on BoingBoing. I am reading Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do.

Book banners be damned (I should hope).

Banned Books Week 2010 is September 25 - October 2. They even have a Facebook page! Boy, you want a good read, just download a list of banned & challenged books and use it as your guide! I saw this display at A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland, California, where I purchased a copy of The Chocolate War, a title I'm always seeing on lists on banned & challenged books.


Read anything banned lately?


This year's display for Banned Book Week. Sometime I might do a Band Book week too...

Banned Books Week display.

The awesome "I read banned books" bracelet, worn by a Children's Librarian at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. It has tiny book covers of classic children's books that have been banned, including Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey and In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak.


It's Banned Books Week - Celebrate the Freedom to Read!


This copy of Madeleine L'Engle's banned book "A Wrinkle in Time" was created by Jane Worthy for Kennedy Library's Banned Books Week celebration.

Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression 2011 Banned Books Week celebration, sponsored by the Freedom to Read Foundation's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund

This cover of Anthony Burgess' classic "A Clockwork Orange" was created by Kennedy Library's Mark Bieraugel for Banned Books Week.

Why I was at the Central Library for the first time. For Banned Books week, the CBLDF presented a talk about comics and censorship. And we learned (among many other interesting and fascinating things) why/how the CBLDF came to own the image rights of the Comics Code Authority seal. :


Yes. Our public library also has a really good comics selection. Not surprising given that we're the hometown of Comic-Con.

Mission Banned Books Display 2012

Book display in College of the Mainland Library for Banned Books Week 2015.

And not in a good way. These are just a few of the books on my shelves that have been on the most challenged books list of the past few decades.


Banned Books Week is September 22--28, 2013.

Banned Books Week 2006

Library employees and local students from Mission Prep yarn bombed Kennedy Library's atrium for Banned Books Week.

In honor of Banned Books Week, I decided to take a selfie featuring one of my favorite banned/frequently challenged books, The Catcher in the Rye. I definitely believe that people should be able to read what they like and form their own opinions on the material. I remember having to read these books in high school and not appreciating them until I re-read them as an adult. It's truly amazing and sad that so many classic books have been banned from libraries and schools.


So pick up a banned book this week and read!! :)

Library employees and local students from Mission Prep yarn bombed Kennedy Library's atrium for Banned Books Week.

take a banned book to lunch (or bed) and see what you can discover.


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2010 Killington Hay Festival Sculptures for the Old Fashion Ice cream Social and Political Soap Box Rally event scheduled to be held on the library lawn.

Donkey reads from Banned Book Catch -22 by Joseph Heller

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