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Banned Books Week (October 1 - 7, 2023) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools.

Look for banned book displays at our branches.

Celebrate Banned Books Week by Taking a “Shelfie”

Join the Alexandria Library during Banned Books Week (Oct. 1-7, 2023) to show your support for the freedom to read, explore, and discuss diverse ideas by taking a “Shelfie” with a banned or challenged book.

Take a creative picture of yourself with a banned book that that has touched your heart, challenged your thinking, or made you see the world from a different perspective. It could be a bookshelf snapshot, a cozy reading nook pic, or a selfie in front of one of our Banned Books displays at the Library!

This event not only supports literature but also advocates for the freedom to read without censorship. Perhaps your photo will inspire others to explore banned books, fostering a community of readers who appreciate diverse voices and ideas.

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Banned Books Week
Banned Books Week Official Website

American Libraries Association
History of Banned Books Week

Top Ten Most Challenged Books Lists
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Last updated: August 2023