Celebrate Banned Books Week and the Freedom to Read!

First commemorated in 1982, Banned Books Week continues to be celebrated every September and is now in its thirty-first year.

The DC Public Library is hosting a series of programs to commemorate Banned Books Week. And we're no exception, starting off with our beautiful Banned Books Week display! Each banned book is labeled with the reasons why it was banned. Check them out and read a banned book!
Banned Books Week Mount Pleasant Library display

The Ford's Theatre logo.
Kicking the week off, on Monday at 4 p.m. we have a great workshop lined up for teens. Want to improve your public speaking skills? Want to learn how to command an audience when you’re in the spotlight? The Youth Leaders Ensemble from Ford’s Theatre will be leading a workshop in the large meeting room for teens interested in sharpening their public speaking skills and learning how to grab an audience’s attention.

Snacks will be provided and teens attending the workshop will also get free tickets to The Laramie Project, on stage at Ford’s Theatre from Sept. 27 to Oct. 27! If you miss this program, or if you’re a teen who just can’t get enough, there will be a second workshop in Teen Space at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Tuesday Sept. 23 at 4 p.m.

Also on Monday at 6:00pm, we have “Don’t Read That Book!,” a fun program for children ages 5-12. What do Harry Potter, Harriet the Spy, Alice in Wonderland, Winnie-the-Pooh, and Little Red Riding Hood have in common? They were all banned at some point in history! Join us as we learn how and why some of our favorite books have been banned. Create a fun craft and watch the movie version of a banned book in the Children’s Room.

Children's Banned Book program image.On Thursday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m., we’ll be screening a family classic for everyone to enjoy. Join us in the large meeting room for a special screening of the 1962 classic based on Harper Lee's semi-autobiographical -- and oft-banned -- novel about Atticus Finch, a quiet and thoughtful lawyer in a small 1930s Southern town trying to do right by his client, a poor black man who is accused of rape, and his motherless children, Scout and Jem. Winner of three Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Gregory Peck. This movie is rated PG.

Don’t forget to stop by the library every day during Banned Books Week for your DC Rollergirls Banned Books Week collectable trading cards! D.C.’s toughest readers have partnered up with us to create these awesome cards. Each one is different and features a DC Rollergirl with her favorite banned book at a different library branch. Collect all seven and bring them to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library (where you can pick up the seventh) on Sunday, Sept. 29, where all seven D.C. Rollergirls will be available to sign them for you and talk about their favorite banned books.
DC Rollergirls logo.Banned Books Week logo.