BANNED BOOKS WEEK


WHAT IS BANNED BOOKS WEEK?

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. Learn more at BannedBooksWeek.org!

CELEBRATE WITH US

Starting on Sunday, September 27, readers can post their “Banned Book Collages” on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) using the hashtags #BannedBooksWeek and #BannedBookCollage and tagging the Library Foundation. The Foundation will re-post all banned book collages. The top 5 posts will be eligible for special Banned Books Prizes! Posts will be judged based on creativity, how well they represent the book’s themes, and overall engagement. The contest closes at midnight on Saturday, October 3. Your post will help remind others that books need champions and libraries feed democracy! 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

  • Select a banned or challenged book from The ALA’s list of frequently banned & challenged books: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks
  • Create a visual collage that features the book's cover alongside objects, images, symbols, and a background that reflects the book’s themes, mood, or content. Don't be afraid to get creative!
  • Snap a photo of your collage and post to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Be sure to tag the Library Foundation and use the hashtag #BannedBookCollage! Please post between September 27 and October 3 in order to be considered for prizes. By tagging The Library Foundation, you agree to have your entry shared and re-posted. All posts must be public in order to be shared and reposted. 

Encourage friends and family to view your post and create their own!

EXAMPLES OF BANNED BOOKS COLLAGES