Take a Stand for Books: September 22-28
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.
Banned Books Week encourages readers to examine challenged literary works and promotes free and open access to ideas and information. As Diane Kresh, Director of Arlington Public Library, has said, “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.”
Learn more about Banned Books Week.
Check out our list of banned books from around the world:
Programs and Events
Make Banned Art: Banned Books Library Zine
Celebrate your freedom to read with the Library’s first collaborative zine created by You during Banned Books Week.
Join us all week at the Columbia Pike Branch Library to be a part of the one-of-a-kind library zine. Add your favorite quote, draw the cover, color or collage about your favorite banned book or banned author. All supplies provided; all ages encouraged! Finished pages will be collected and turned into a one of a kind, community zine distributed for free at the Columbia Pike Branch.
A zine is a self-published, DIY magazine usually reproduced by a photocopier and distributed freely. Zines became popular from the amateur press and avant-garde movements as a way to amplify previously marginalized voices. Zines can be comics, handwritten poems, a political collage or a personal story.
Don’t know where to start? RSVP for our Banned Books: Zine Workshop on Monday, Sept. 23 to understand zine basics and history of this unique artform.