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Banned Books

We will be celebrating the 30th annual Banned Books Week (BBW) with Art Hop and a Read Out on Friday evening, October 7, from 5 to 8 pm.

BBW celebrates the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. It draws attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the country.

Again, as in recent years, we are partnering with the local chapter of the ACLU to sponsor an art contest inspired by one of the six books most frequently challenged or banned. The submissions will be on display during Art Hop. The winner will be announced at the event and later posted on the KPL and ACLU websites.

In addition to the art, the Read Out will focus on read aloud passages from challenged or banned books. You might be surprised at some of them: Shel Silverstein’s A Light in the Attic, Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, to name a few.

Many authors whose books have been challenged are participating in Read Outs around the country. Authors as well as readers are raising awareness of book censorship by posting videos on YouTube of themselves reading from their favorite banned books.

Celebrate and appreciate your freedom to read whatever you want to read!


Banned Books Art Contest


I'm so glad you are doing this. Huck Finn & BNW are two of my favorite books. We must always stand up for freedom of the arts in the face of oppression. Looking forward to the event!
Why has Huck Finn experienced banning? I completely disagree with this and oppose book censorship! Thank God you guys are doing this. Keep up the good work.
Definitely a great site, and I can see it being the next big resource for bloggers. Great job you guys, keep it up.
I have attended this event and its been a long time now. One of my favorite authors is Aldous Huxley and I really disagree with banning of one of my favorite books.

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