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Monday, September 15, 2014

3:30 p.m.

Book cover for Roald Dahl's "Matilda"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.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Black-Out Poetry Night graphic





Come re-purpose old magazines and newspapers to create poetry and art. Blackout poetry is a form of found poetry created by erasing or covering up pieces of text to make poems out of the remaining words.

We'll be discussing issues of censorship for Banned Books Week, so here's a chance to wield your pens and markers for good and create something refreshing! Pieces will be used in a display on the second floor.

Friday, September 19, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Banned Books Party Invite

Presented by The DC Public Library Foundation and Event Chairs Derek Brown, Anna Fuhrman, Morgan H. West, and Kelly Towles & Virginia Arrisueño
 
UNCENSORED: The Preview Party
 
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. 


Friday, September 19, 2014 | 7 - 9 p.m.


Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library 

901 G Street, NW | Washington, DC
 


Individual Ticket $50 Host Ticket $250
 
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*Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. The 2014 celebration will be held 9/21-9/27.* 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

(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


1:00 p.m.

banned booksSeptember is Banned Books Week. Read a Banned Book, tell us why you like it and receive a prize. Take a picture or selfie with your Banned Book and the picture will be displayed at the library or on our webpage. Photography release forms must be completed.
 All Ages

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!

Monday, September 22, 2014

(All day)

Draw Caricature Book CoverJoin us at Northwest One to celebrate Banned Books week with local caricature artist Paul Merklein. Time TBD

(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!

5:00 p.m.

Banned Books DisplayFeel like being naughty? Secretly craving some danger? Want to get caught in the act? Of reading, that is! The Northeast Neighborhood Library encourages you to come see what all the fuss is about concerning banned books.  Adults, teens, and children are invited to try their hand at blackout poetry, get their mugshot taken, enter a raffle, and much more! 

The event will run from 5 - 7 p.m. or until supplies run out. Raffle winners will be announced at the end of the event. 

The Banned Books Bash will take place on the lower level.

Please RSVP to this event by contacting Arielle Burgdorf and note that although we are asking for RSVPs they are not required; we will use the RSVPs to gauge the number of people to cater for.

Please call 202.698.0183 or email Whitney Jerome with any questions or concerns.

7:30 p.m.

Please join librarians and other local book and fun lovers at Uptown Tap House for a special edition of their Trivia Night featuring questions about Banned Books and Literature!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

(All day)

Join us for an activity to celebrate Banned Books Week! Details to come!

(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


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.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

(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.

Banned Books WeekCome 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 a special guest author 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.

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On Wednesday, September 24, 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.