Banned Books Week is October 1-7, 2023!
Little Free Library condemns book banning. Join us in celebrating access to all books during Banned Books Week, October 1-7, 2023.
Banned Books Week is one of our favorite weeks of the year because it allows us to show our support for books that have been banned or challenged. For Banned Books Week 2023, we are thrilled to partner with HarperCollins Children’s Books, the Banned Books Week Coalition, and the American Library Association to create awareness for this issue and make banned books more easily accessible.
How You Can Take Action
- Share a banned book in a Little Free Library, snap a photo, and post it on social media with #bannedbooksweek. Don’t forget to tag Little Free Library! Choose a book to share from our Bookshop.org Banned and Challenged Books list.
- Download the LFL mobile app. If you are a steward who shares banned books, turn on the Banned Books indicator for your library. If you are a patron, select the Banned Books indicator to find book-sharing boxes near you that champion this issue.
- Show your support for Banned Books Week with the social media graphics in the toolkit below! Want to show your support all year long? You can proudly display our “This Little Free Library Shares Banned Books” sign, downloadable library window sign, or “I share banned books” graphic.
- Enter our Banned Books Week giveaway with HarperCollins Children’s Books, which will be open for entry during the month of October. One hundred winners will receive five books that have been banned or challenged.
- Donate to Little Free Library to help make all books — including banned books — accessible to everyone!
- Take action to help defend books from censorship and to stand up for library staff, educators, writers, publishers, booksellers, and readers!
The Banned Wagon
In partnership with Little Free Library, Freedom to Read Foundation, PEN America, and local bookstores, Penguin Random House is road-tripping through the South handing out free copies of banned books to people in affected communities who need and want them most. During Banned Books Week, the Banned Wagon will travel to various bookstores and Little Free Libraries, sharing books along the way. Learn more about the tour, and see which Little Free Libraries are on the route!
We’ve created assets for Little Free Library stewards and friends to share during Banned Books Week! Below you can download door signs for your book-sharing box, social media graphics, and caption examples.
Download and print these door signs to hang in your Little Free Library leading up to and during Banned Books Week! Choose between a horizonal and vertical version. Both print as a half-sheet on 8.5×11 paper with 1/2 inch margins. (Let Freedom Read artwork (c) American Library Association)
Social Media Graphics and Sample Captions
We’ve crafted some sample social media captions for you to use in your post. Be sure to use #bannedbooksweek and tag Little Free Library in any of your posts! We’re on Facebook, Instagram, X (Twitter), and LinkedIn.
Be sure to add a link button to this page (https://littlefreelibrary.org/about/banned-books-week/) under the orange text of the Instagram Story graphic below! Feel free to tag us @LittleFreeLibrary!
Facebook, X (Twitter), and LinkedIn Graphics
Share any of these graphics on Facebook or X with a caption like the samples mentioned above or with your own message supporting the freedom to read. Be sure to tag Little Free Library when you share!