Little Free Library and Banned Books Week

What is Banned Books Week?

Banned Books Week is a national event held annually the last week of September celebrating the freedom to read. Every year the book community comes together in shared support of our right to access and read the books of our choice. We invite you to take part in Banned Books Week September 27 – October 3, 2020!

How to Participate

This year we’ve partnered with the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom on a giveaway just for Little Free Library stewards and supporters. Five lucky winners will receive a package of Banned Books Week swag to celebrate the event in style! Enter the giveaway in two easy steps:

    • Celebrate banned books: If you’re a Little Free Library steward, show your support of Banned Books Week by decorating your library or stocking it with banned or challenged books during the event. The ALA offers tons of FREE downloadable activity sheets, posters, and more on their website. Not a steward? Take part by visiting your neighborhood Little Free Library during Banned Books Week and sharing a banned book.
      • Snap a photo: Take a photo of your book drop or your decorated Little Free Library and post it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #BannedBooksWeek.

      That’s it! We’ll be looking out for your posts and may share them to our social media accounts! After Banned Books Week ends on October 3, five winners will be randomly selected to win a Banned Books Week swag bag (pictured above) and tagged on social media.

      Additional Opportunities

      Sharing banned books isn’t the only way to participate! Additional opportunities are listed below.

        • The Dear Banned Author letter-writing campaign: this event encourages readers to write, tweet or email their favorite banned or challenged author during Banned Books Week. Learn more.
        • Participate in the national watch party of “Scary Stories,” a documentary about the banned and challenged series “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” by Alvin Schwartz. Learn more.
        • Submit a “Stand for the Banned” video where you speak out for banned books. Learn more.
        • Check Out Amnesty International’s curated list of individuals who have been imprisoned or threatened because of their work in the publishing or media industries. Learn more.

        Free Downloads

        Banned Books Week Coloring Sheet

        Banned Books Week In Action Flyer

        Top 10 Challenged Books of 2019

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