UNCENSORED: Banned Books Week 2014
Join the DC Public Library for Banned Books Week as we celebrate the freedom to read, express and create.
Launched in 1982 in response to a sudden 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. Find out more about this year's events below!
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UNCENSORED: The Preview Party
Presented by The DC Public Library Foundation and Event Chairs Derek Brown, Anna Fuhrman, Morgan H. West, and Kelly Towles & Virginia Arrisueño
Provocative Art | Exclusive Cocktails | Live Music
Celebrate the freedom to read, express and create as the DC Public Library kicks off Banned Books Week. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library's Great Hall will transform into a gallery space as we unveil works of art by local D.C. artists pertaining to the theme of censorship. Join us for an evening of uncensored fun including art, specialty cocktails inspired by banned books, and live music.
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Uncensored: The Art Exhibition
|UNCENSORED: The Art Exhibition is a temporary public art event at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in celebration of Banned Books Week and the freedom to read, express and create. The Great Hall will transform into a gallery, showcasing works of art by local D.C. artists pertaining to the theme of censorship. In addition to the Great Hall, the exhibition space will include the large entryway windows and parts of the second floor. The art will be unveiled at UNCENSORED: The Preview Party on Friday, September 19, and remain on display until October 15.
Make sure to join us for a special conversation with some of the artists on September 23rd.
Teen Banned Book Club
Wednesday, September 24
Are you a teen who loves to read? Do you need to earn some community service hours?
In September we will celebrate Banned Books Week by reading books that have been challenged or banned in school and public libraries. Grab a related book and come chat Wednesday, Sept 24 at 4:30 p.m. in the Teen Space on the Lower Level. Library staff will have some favorites out on display and you can always ask for suggestions at the Information Desk.
|The Birmingham Jail Players Present:
A Celebration of Our Freedom to Read
Wednesday, September 24
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
A group of lively DCPL employees who came together for King Week earlier this year, reunite to celebrate Banned Books Week by reciting excerpts from the works of their favorite challenged authors. Come hear the words of such authors as Kurt Vonnegut, Judy Blume, Mildred Taylor, Toni Morrison, and many more. They will be joined by Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, known for her outspoken defense of the freedom to read and the power of literature to change the world.
|Read-Out! Harry Potter
Tuesday, September 23
We will be reading some of our favorite banned books at Read-Out! this month. Come by and listen to the first chapters of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Captain Underpants, and other banned favorites. This program is appropriate for children ages 8-12 and will take place in the children's story circle.
I Read Banned Comics
Wednesday, September 24
Join us in focusing on freedom of information and expression by bringing your favorite graphic novel or comic and sharing a little bit about why you like it with others. Come and hear about what others love and why. We'll also have some great suggestions for those who are just curious about the popular genre and those who are veteran readers.
|Monday, September 15
In celebration of Banned Books Week, and Roald Dahl's birthday, join us for a screening of the movie based on the author's classic novel, Matilda. This frequently challenged book depicts a young girl who discovers she has special powers!
Banned Books Week celebrates banned and frequently challenged books by encouraging us to make our own decisions and experience all that the literary world has to offer.
This film is rated PG, with run time of 98 minutes.
|Banned Books Week Caricature Artist
Flash Banned: Freedom of Speech Showcase
The Naughty List: Cabaret Selections for Banned Books Week
Captain Underpants Party!
Get Booked Banned Books Week Photo Booth
Northeast Library Banned Book Bash
For a glimpse at past Banned Books Week events, check out dclibrary.org/bannedbooksweek