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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

9:30 a.m.

Come in and take photos of yourself with a Banned Book of your choice! The photo booth will be available all week and staff will be on hand with our iPad to take photos. You can also take selfies with your phone - just make sure you tag our Twitter handle: @dcpl or Facebook at DC Public Library. For all ages.

book behind prison bars


12:30 p.m.

Image of book cover for "Tropic of Cancer"Discussion of Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller, in observance of Banned Books Week (September 20-27).  Copies are available at the branch.

2:00 p.m.

Come into Anacostia Neighborhood Library during Banned Books Week and take a selfie with your favorite book that was once banned. We will have many such titles on display, and would love to hear from you about why these books are important to you. And if you haven't read any of the books on display, please check one out. Visit District of Columbia Public Libraries and exercise your freedom to read what you want to read!

4:00 p.m.

Captain Underpants Banned BooksCelebrate 2013's most challenged book with games, activities and lots of Captain Underpants fun!

This event is recommended for children ages 6-12 and will be held in the Children's Room on the second floor of the library.

6:00 p.m.

harry potter cover imageWe 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. 

6:30 p.m.

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UNCENSORED: Artist Talk

Join us Tuesday, September 23, for an artist talk with several of the artists participating in UNCENSORED: The Art Exhibition, on display in the Great Hall from September 20 - October 15. The art exhibition is in celebration of Banned Books Week and the freedom to read, express and create. The contributing artists have each created a work pertaining to the broader theme of censorship. The artists serving on this panel, moderated by D.C. artist and DCPL Library Associate, Matthew Mann, will explore the ways in which censorship affects the arts and reveal how the issue of censorship relates to the ideas put forward in their displayed work.

6:30 p.m.

Join us for three days of films in our Banned Books Film Series. Every film is inspired by a banned book and starts at 6:30.

Sept. 22
James book cover
Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach (PG)
Sept. 23
Push book cover
 
Sapphire's Push (R)
Sept. 25 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (R)


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

(All day)

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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.

The artwork on display will constitute paintings, installations, performance art and video projections. Participating artists include: 

Kelly Towles
Larry W. Cook
Carolina Mayorga
Halsey Berryman
Mariah Anne Johnson
Brian Davis
E. Jane
Chukwumaa
Adrienne Gaither
Janelle Ortiz
Jessica Cebra
Megan McNitt
Kathryn Coté



(All day)

Visit the Children's Room during Banned Books Week (September 21-27) and celebrate the freedom to read with a commemorative craft, a guessing game, and more.

9:30 a.m.

Come in and take photos of yourself with a Banned Book of your choice! The photo booth will be available all week and staff will be on hand with our iPad to take photos. You can also take selfies with your phone - just make sure you tag our Twitter handle: @dcpl or Facebook at DC Public Library. For all ages.

book behind prison bars


2:00 p.m.

Come into Anacostia Neighborhood Library during Banned Books Week and take a selfie with your favorite book that was once banned. We will have many such titles on display, and would love to hear from you about why these books are important to you. And if you haven't read any of the books on display, please check one out. Visit District of Columbia Public Libraries and exercise your freedom to read what you want to read!

4:30 p.m.

Banned Books Image Are you a teen who loves to read? Do you need to earn some community service hours?
Join the Mt. Pleasant Library Teen Book Club!


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. 
 
Teen Book Club is open to youth ages 13 to 19. Check out our online calendar for even more teen programs at the library!

Image courtesy of Flick user 
kennedylibrary
6:00 p.m.

Azar NafisiCome join us in the Great Hall for a rousing celebration of Banned Books Week and the Freedom to Read! The Birmingham Jail Players, a lively group of DCPL employees, recite excerpts from their favorite challenged authors. Hear the words of such authors as Kurt Vonnegut, Judy Blume, Jeannette Walls, Toni Morrison, Mildred Taylor, 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.

6:00 p.m.

Come down to Cleveland Park Library to watch a selected and frequently challenged movie and have your photo taken and turned into a mug shot or wanted poster for the crime of loving banned books.

7:00 p.m.

I Read Banned ComicsNational Banned Book Week focuses this year on comics and graphic novels, shining a light on this often misunderstood form of storytelling and celebrating the value of graphic novels to readers from all walks of life.

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.

7:00 p.m.

book cover artJoin the Young Prose Book Meetup for a discussion of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

First published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 is a classic novel set in the future when books forbidden by a totalitarian regime are burned. The hero, a book burner, suddenly discovers that books are flesh and blood ideas that cry out silently when put to the torch.

The Young Prose Book Meetup is a casual and friendly book Meetup for young professionals in DC between the ages of 21 and 35 who like discussing books and drinking beer! We usually meet on the last Wednesday evening of each month at Kitty O'Sheas DC in Tenleytown. Please RSVP to victor.benitez@dc.gov or visit http://www.meetup.com/youngprose.

7:00 p.m.

Freadom GraphicPlease join Branch Manager (and former US History Professor), Leslie Griffin, for a brief, historical overview of censorship in America, followed by a lively discussion about current issues involving books, banning, and censorship. Feel free to participate by naming and discussing your favorites, and we'll compile our own Shaw Library list.

Banned books will be readily available for check out!

7:30 p.m.

Fun Home cover imageThis year, national Banned Books week will be focused on the freedom to read comic books and graphic novels. Celebrate the value of these misunderstood forms of storytelling as we discuss Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel.  This graphic novel with GLBT themes was challenged in two different communities' libraries for obscenity.  We will be talking about the challenges to the book as well as how and why other comics and graphic novels are censored.
 
Copies of Fun Home are available for checkout at the Petworth Library.  Also, please feel free to bring your favorite comic or graphic novel and share why you love it.
 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

(All day)

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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.

The artwork on display will constitute paintings, installations, performance art and video projections. Participating artists include: 

Kelly Towles
Larry W. Cook
Carolina Mayorga
Halsey Berryman
Mariah Anne Johnson
Brian Davis
E. Jane
Chukwumaa
Adrienne Gaither
Janelle Ortiz
Jessica Cebra
Megan McNitt
Kathryn Coté



(All day)

Visit the Children's Room during Banned Books Week (September 21-27) and celebrate the freedom to read with a commemorative craft, a guessing game, and more.

9:30 a.m.

Come in and take photos of yourself with a Banned Book of your choice! The photo booth will be available all week and staff will be on hand with our iPad to take photos. You can also take selfies with your phone - just make sure you tag our Twitter handle: @dcpl or Facebook at DC Public Library. For all ages.

book behind prison bars


2:00 p.m.

Come into Anacostia Neighborhood Library during Banned Books Week and take a selfie with your favorite book that was once banned. We will have many such titles on display, and would love to hear from you about why these books are important to you. And if you haven't read any of the books on display, please check one out. Visit District of Columbia Public Libraries and exercise your freedom to read what you want to read!

4:00 p.m.

Banned book week logoReady to celebrate Banned Books Week?

Join Petworth Library for a Banned Books Virtual Read-Out!

Exercise your right to read. 

6:30 p.m.

Join us for three days of films in our Banned Books Film Series. Every film is inspired by a banned book and starts at 6:30.

Sept. 22
James book cover
Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach (PG)
Sept. 23
Push book cover
 
Sapphire's Push (R)
Sept. 25 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (R)


7:00 p.m.
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Flashband and the DC Public Library join forces for a special Banned Books Week presentation. “Flash Banned: Freedom Of Speech Showcase” is a multi-event showcase highlighting our freedom of speech, and humanity's natural disdain for censorship.

Musicians will be challenged to perform songs inspired by the concept of censorship and free speech. Each band will be given a 15-minute set, and will be asked to write at least one original song in the theme of the event. Three bands will have the opportunity to perform at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library as a part of the Banned Books Week celebration. Click here to learn more.

Friday, September 26, 2014

(All day)

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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.

The artwork on display will constitute paintings, installations, performance art and video projections. Participating artists include: 

Kelly Towles
Larry W. Cook
Carolina Mayorga
Halsey Berryman
Mariah Anne Johnson
Brian Davis
E. Jane
Chukwumaa
Adrienne Gaither
Janelle Ortiz
Jessica Cebra
Megan McNitt
Kathryn Coté



(All day)

Visit the Children's Room during Banned Books Week (September 21-27) and celebrate the freedom to read with a commemorative craft, a guessing game, and more.

9:30 a.m.

Come in and take photos of yourself with a Banned Book of your choice! The photo booth will be available all week and staff will be on hand with our iPad to take photos. You can also take selfies with your phone - just make sure you tag our Twitter handle: @dcpl or Facebook at DC Public Library. For all ages.

book behind prison bars


2:00 p.m.

Come into Anacostia Neighborhood Library during Banned Books Week and take a selfie with your favorite book that was once banned. We will have many such titles on display, and would love to hear from you about why these books are important to you. And if you haven't read any of the books on display, please check one out. Visit District of Columbia Public Libraries and exercise your freedom to read what you want to read!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

(All day)

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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.

The artwork on display will constitute paintings, installations, performance art and video projections. Participating artists include: 

Kelly Towles
Larry W. Cook
Carolina Mayorga
Halsey Berryman
Mariah Anne Johnson
Brian Davis
E. Jane
Chukwumaa
Adrienne Gaither
Janelle Ortiz
Jessica Cebra
Megan McNitt
Kathryn Coté