UNCENSORED: Banned Books Week
September 26 - October 1, 2016
Launched in 1982 in response to a surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries, Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read.
Every year, the DC Public Library joins hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country in drawing attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events.
This Year's Theme is Diversity.
Find a full list of programs on our calendar.
UNCENSORED: The Cocktail Party, a fundraiser for DC Public Library Foundation, will be on Friday, September 30 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. The evening will include banned book-inspired cocktails, live music and a Fab Lab station for crafting. For more details and to RSVP, please visit dcplf.org/uncensored2016.
Banned Books Scavenger Hunt
An example of a specially-wrapped banned book
This year, as part of our celebration of Banned Books Week, we have placed hundreds of paperback copies of several banned books in various locations around D.C. Each book is wrapped in a custom cover featuring the stated reason that the book was banned and/or challenged. Increase your chances of finding one of our banned books by supporting your Made in DC businesses! Be sure to visit our partners Mess Hall, Zaytinya, Proper Topper, Petworth Citizen, Politics & Prose, as well as various bars and coffee shops throughout the city.
If you are 21 years of age or older, you can win free tickets to UNCENSORED: The Cocktail Party. Find and post a photo of one of our specially-wrapped banned books and post it on social media using #UncensoredDC. We will enter you in a drawing to win one of fifteen pairs of free tickets!
Here is the list of our chosen banned book titles and links to more information about why they were banned and/or challenged:
- The Catcher in the Rye
- The Color Purple
- Native Son
- Slaughterhouse Five
- A Separate Peace
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
More Information About Banned Books Week
- ALA's Banned Books Week
- The Official Banned Books website
- Banned and/or Challenged Books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century
- The Most Frequently Challenged Authors of the 21st Century
- Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009