Banned Books Week, (September 26 – October 2) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read! Libraries and schools create incredible displays, programs, and materials to raise awareness about the right to read.
With your support, we can continue to draw attention to censorship attempts and highlight the benefits of unrestricted reading.
Below are four actions that you can take to support Banned Books Week!
#1 Share on social media
This year’s theme is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.” Check out the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom’s infographics, GIFs, and cover photos to raise awareness during the week!
Example social media post:
Sharing stories important to us means sharing a part of ourselves. This #BannedBooksWeek, we're drawing attention to the power of stories and the divisiveness of censorship. Learn more at ala.org/bbooks. #BooksUniteUs
#2 Share events and resources
Use the sample social media post above or create your own message to share! Check out these additional resources for ideas:
#3 Attend an event
We hope you can join us at some of the amazing events happening throughout the week — including Facebook Lives, Twitter Chats, and author discussions. Featured authors include Jason Reynolds, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Alex Gino, and Laurie Halse Anderson.
#4 Tweet to a banned author
Dear Banned Author is a letter-writing program that encourages readers to write (or tweet!) to their favorite banned authors. Shareable postcards, Twitter handles, and author addresses can be found on the ALA website. Make sure to use the hashtags #BannedBooksWeek and #DearBannedAuthor.