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Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.
Library Activities

Dear Banned Author

Write a letter (or tweet) to a banned or challenged author, telling them about a favorite title or how their words have impacted you.  The American Library Association has the following suggestions:

  • Include the hashtag #DearBannedAuthor. This allows the American Library Association to find and share your stories.
  • Discussing how the book impacted your life, made you feel, or your favorite quotes
  • Posting a photo of you reading the book or of your postcard
  • Blurring or covering up your own address or private information before sharing pictures of postcards

Scary Stories Watch Party

Scary Stories” is a full-length documentary about the banned book series that includes the 1981 anthology Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and its two sequels by Alvin Schwartz. Approximately 40 interviews were conducted, from family members of the author, fellow children's book horror authors, and folklorists, to librarians, artists, and fans.

For Banned Books Week, we invite you to stream the free documentary on Friday, October 2, at 6 p.m. CST and join the conversation on Twitter using #CensorshipisScary or on the Facebook Event page.