UNCENSORED: Banned Books Week

UNCENSORED: Banned Books Week

Celebrate the freedom to read at DC Public Library

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Banned Books Week 2018 will be held September 23 - 29, 2018

Join us for events across the city as we celebrate our theme of "Words Ignite: The Literature of Activism", culminating in our UNCENSORED Underground Cocktail Party at Blind Whino, hosted by the DC Public Library Foundation.

Featured events include: 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.


Banned Books Week eResources

NoveList Plus
Choose from hundreds of titles to find your next dystopian read with NoveList. Use the filters to narrow choices by audience, storyline, pace, writing style, and more!

Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Is banning books really so bad? Get every side of the argument and draw your own conclusions: Book Banning

View the Banned Books Week Collection on OverDrive.

Criterion Collection logoCriterion Collection on Alexander Street Press
A list of movies in the Criterion collection that have been banned by governments around the world, free to view with your library card:
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