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Speak Out About Banned Books!

Fri, September 1Sat, September 30 | OPEN HOURS

Speak Out About Banned Books

Submit fiction, poems, essays, comics, and more about how banned books have impacted your life.

During the month of September, go to https://kalamazoo-public-library.short-edition.com/ and click on the “Submit” button in the upper right corner. The length and size requirements for written work and comics are listed in the submissions box at that link. You will hear back from us about the status of your entry before we publish it in our Short Story Cube Dispenser; you will retain all rights to your work.

Then, come to Oshtemo Branch during Banned Books Week October 1–7, and receive printed copies of submissions by the community with a press of the button of our Short Story Dispenser! It’s a novel way to see your literary work in print and share your writing and experiences with Kalamazoo!

Prompt ideas:

  • What is a banned book that has deeply impacted your life, and how?
  • What do you see as the biggest consequences of banning books?
  • Do you see any themes or authors that get banned more than others? Why do you think that is?
  • Explore the idea that books have the power to change hearts and minds. Share a story of someone whose perspective was transformed by a banned book.
  • Reflect on the importance of protecting the right to read and write freely. How does the banning of books challenge our fundamental liberties?”

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Fri, September 1
Sat, September 30
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