Celebrate Your Freedom to Read
From September 24-30, 2017, libraries and bookstores across the country will observe the annual Banned Books Week.
Banned Books Week encourages readers to examine challenged literary works, and promotes free and open access to ideas and information.
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"Established in 1982 by the late Judith Krug, then director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office of Intellectual Freedom and a tireless champion of freedom of speech, the annual Banned Books Week..."
Banned Books Card Scavenger Hunt
Collect 4 different Banned Book Cards between Sept. 17 - 30, and you'll win a prize!
Each card features a different book, and information on when and why it was challenged or banned.
Different Banned Book Cards can be found at each Library location, as well as six secret locations in our community. We created 8 new cards for 2017, and you may see some 2016 cards as well.
Community Locations* will be announced here, and on Facebook and Twitter:
- Sept. 17-19 - House of Steep in Cherrydale
- Sept. 20-21 - Barston's Child's Play in Lee Heights
- Sept. 22-24 - One More Page Books
- Sept. 25-26 - Rare Bird Coffee Roasters in Falls Church
- Sept. 27-28 - Great Harvest Bread of Alexandria
- Sept. 29-30 - Bakeshop in Clarendon
*No purchase required at community locations in order to pick up a Banned Book Card.
Bring 4 or more Banned Book Cards to the Central Library Ask-A-Librarian Desk to collect your prize.
The last day to pick up prizes is Monday, Oct. 2.
Share a #BannedBooksWeek Photo
Take a photo with your favorite banned or challenged title against our Banned Books Week banner.
You'll find a "Get Caught Reading Banned Books" banner at Central Library, the Connection: Crystal City, Shirlington and Westover Branch Libraries this year.
Then share your photo with the hashtag #bannedbooksweek - and don't forget to tag @ArlingtonVALib!