Banned Books Week

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History/Biography Book Club

Every month, we discuss a book about important historical events, figures, and more.  In September, we'll be reading Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa by Mark Mathabane in honor of Banned Books Week.

The Naughty List: Cabaret Selections for Banned Books Week

Cabaret actors/singers Barbara Papendorp and Amy Conley present a homage to banned books with "The Naughty List."

Banned Books Film Series

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.

Adaptive Services Banned Books Week Screening of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

In honor of the 2014 Banned Books Week celebration, The Adaptive Services Department will present an audio described screening of

Banned Books Week Caricature Artist

Join us in celebrating Banned Books Week with local caricature artist Paul Merklein. This program is for older youth and teens.

Banned in the USA: A Short History of Censorship

Please 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!

Blackout Poetry Night

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.

Fun Home Banned Books Week Discussion

This 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.

Kid's Freedom to Read

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.

Captain Underpants Party

Celebrate 2013's most challenged book with games, activities and lots of