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Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read September 30 to October 6, 2012
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Banned Books Week

First observed in 1982, Banned Books Week reminds Americans not to take their democratic freedom to read for granted. The event is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the American Library Association, the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the National Association of College Stores. It is endorsed by the Library of Congress Center for the Book.


Books: Banned, Challenged & Restricted-RI ACLU Event

The East Providence Public Library and The RI ACLU invite you to a CELEBRATION of  the FREEDOM to READ  on Thursday, September 26th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

 A dramatic presentation by Living Literature performed by actors Barry Press, Sharon Carpentier, and Kelly Seigh.

Alexie, Angelou, Capote, Chbosky, Collins, Ehrenreich, Hosseini, Huxley, Lee, Morrison, Pullman, Salinger, Twain, Vonnegut, & Walker

 Hear the reasons communities give for banning, challenging, or restricting access to these famous authors' works.  This event is free, open to the public, and no prior reservations are necessary.  It's also a great opportunity to mingle with like-minded folks.  Light refreshments will be served.

    Banned Books Week On The Web

    • American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression
      ABFFE helps booksellers promote their Banned Books Week activities. Last year, it joined the American Library Association (ALA) in launching the first Web site dedicated to the event,
    • American Civil Liberties Union of RI
      The RI ACLU kicked off Banned Books Week with Rhode Island authors reading from challenged books. See box on left for poster.
    • American Library Association Banned Books Week
      Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

    • Amnesty International Banned Books Week
      During Banned Books Week, Amnesty International directs attention to the plight of individuals who are persecuted because of the writings that they produce, circulate or read. Traditionally, Banned Books Week activities take place at the end of September -- but the featured cases are not confined to a week. They continue to need your action.
    • Banned Books Week
      The purpose of this Web site is to help the public join the celebration of our freedom to read.
    • Bonfire of the Liberties
      Presented by the Texas Council for the Humanities Resource Center, this online exhibit includes an essay by Frances Leonard entitled Bonfire of the Liberties, a list of banned books, and images related to the topic of intellectual freedom.
    • Censorship Watch
      American Libraries Magazine blog on intellectual freedom issues.
    • Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
      The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund was founded in 1986 as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of First Amendment rights for members of the comics community.

    • Rhode Island Council for the Humanities
      The First Amendment enthusiasts of RICH have chosen to share a few sentiments on banned or challenged books that have had a great influence on us.
      Mary-Kim Arnold, Executive Director:
      A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man by James Joyce
      Sue Ellen Kroll, Grants Director:
      1984 by George Orwell
      Shea'la Finch, Communications and Events Manager:
      The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
      Carole Ann Penney, Administrative Coordinator:
      The Perks of Being A Wallflower by
    • Rhode Island Library Association
      RILA is a professional association of Librarians, Library Staff, Trustees and library supporters whose purpose is to promote the profession of librarianship and to improve the visibility, accessibility, responsiveness and effectiveness of library and information services throughout Rhode Island. Carla Weiss and Jim Kinnie are the co-chairs of RILA's Intellectual Freedom Committee, and can be contacted via email at and
    • University of Pennsylvania's online banned books page
      Welcome to this special exhibit of books that have been the objects of censorship or censorship attempts. The books featured here, ranging from Ulysses to Little Red Riding Hood, have been selected from the indexes of The Online Books Page.

    Banned Books Week: Celebrate the Freedom to Read


    Celebrate the freedom to read! Sept. 22 - 28, 2013

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    Banned Books Virtual Read-Out

    Rhode Island College Reference Librarian Brendan Ryan reads from "Go Tell It On The Mountain" by James Baldwin as part of the Banned Books Week Virtual Readout.

    View more virtual readouts from Banned Books Week on YouTube.


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