September 24-30 is Banned Books Week
September 6, 2017 | News Release
- Participate in the trading card Scavenger Hunt starting Sept. 17.
- Listen to banned books at the Sept. 25 picnic.
- Share a selfie with your favorite censored book.
- Add a challenged book to your reading list this fall.
Arlington Public Library raises awareness of Banned Books Week (Sept. 24-30) with several programs including a picnic, scavenger hunt and mug shot booths.
Arlington residents and Library patrons can participate in a number of ways.
Starting September 17, the Library will announce Banned Books Card Scavenger Hunt locations in the community. Collect 4 Banned Books trading cards and receive a free age-appropriate prize (to be picked up at the Central Library by October 2, 2017).
Take a photo with your favorite censored book at Central Library, Connection: Crystal City, Shirlington or Westover Branch Library and share it using the hashtag #bannedbooksweek.
The annual Banned Books Week encourages readers to examine challenged literary works and promotes free and open access to ideas and information.
According to Director of Arlington Public Library Diane Kresh: “Books are change agents. They challenge our beliefs and biases, help us learn to think for ourselves, and expose us to different experiences and cultures. I encourage you to commit to reading at least one challenged book this fall.”
Banned Books Week was established in 1982 by the late Judith Krug, then director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Learn more about Banned Books Week.