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Banned Books Week

<div><div><div property="content:encoded"> <div> <div> <div>Celebrate Banned Books Week with the San Diego Public Library! This month, library branches throughout the city will feature book displays, read-alouds, story times, crafts, films, and more that highlight titles that have been censored or banned in the United States—from children’s picture books to classics to award-winning literature. Stand up, speak out, learn more, and celebrate your freedom to read!</div> <div> </div> <div>Banned Books Week (September 22-28, 2019) 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. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.</div> </div> <div> <div> <div> <ul> <li><img alt="Infographic for who intiates book challenges." src="https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/who_initates_0.jpg"></li> <li><img alt="Infographic for book challenge reasons." src="https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/challenge_reasons_0.jpg"></li> <li><img alt="Infographic for where book challenges take place." src="https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/challenges_take_place_1.jpg"></li> <li><img alt="Infographic for challenges beyond books." src="https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/beyond_books_0.jpg"></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <hr> <h2>Banned Books Week Events</h2> <div><strong>"I Read Banned Books" Photo Op</strong></div> <div>Entire Month of September | North Park Library</div> <div> </div> <div>Celebrate Banned Book week with a special photo opportunity! Take a mug shot in our "I Read Banned Books" photo frame, then share it on social media.</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="https://sandiego.librarymarket.com/events/banned-book-week-accordion-book-workshop"><strong>Banned Books Week Accordion Book Workshop</strong></a></div> <div>Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | University Heights Library</div> <div> </div> <div>Celebrate Banned Book Week! At this fun workshop, explore fun and colorful ways to make an accordion book by adding parts that move while you learn about six popular banned children’s books. For ages 7 and up. Parental supervision is required for younger children. Registration required. Space is limited. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the University Heights Library.</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="https://sandiego.librarymarket.com/events/8th-annual-banned-books-week-read-aloud-read-thon"><strong>8<sup>th</sup> Annual Banned Books Week Read-Aloud Read-A-Thon</strong></a></div> <div>Monday, September 23, 2019 | 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Central Library, Neil Morgan Auditorium</div> <div> </div> <div>Commemorate Banned Books Week and join San Diego Public Library staff and community readers for the library’s annual Read-Aloud Read-a-thon.  A new book and a new reader every 15-30 minutes, leading up to the Banned Books Week Live! Event at 6:30 pm.</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="https://sandiego.librarymarket.com/events/banned-books-week-live"><strong>Banned Books Week Live</strong></a></div> <div>Monday, September 23, 2019 | 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Central Library, Neil Morgan Auditorium</div> <div> </div> <div>During Banned Books Week, join us for a risqué evening of forbidden knowledge in books censored in the US in 2018. Stage actors from Write Out Loud and more will perform live readings from selected books marked with the scarlet letter of censorship. Join us for an entertaining evening of bacchanal revelry in the written word. Refreshments served.</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="https://sandiego.librarymarket.com/events/banned-book-all-day-read-aloud"><strong>Banned Book All Day Read Aloud</strong></a></div> <div>Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | 11:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. | City Heights/Weingart Library</div> <div> </div> <div>Take a turn reading aloud from a banned book in recognition of Banned Books Week, September 22 - 28, 2019.</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="https://sandiego.librarymarket.com/events/literature-comes-life-paper-bag-princess"><strong>Literature Comes to Life: The Paper Bag Princess</strong></a></div> <div>Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. | San Carlos Library</div> <div> </div> <div>Celebrate your freedom to read! In honor of Banned Books Week (Sept. 22-28), kids from the audience are invited to act out “The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch. Although a modern storytime favorite, this title was once the object of censorship attempts for its controversial ending – the princess does not marry the prince! With expert direction from children’s theater actress, Stacey Wein, this is a fun way for kids to build confidence and oral skills.</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Preschool Storytime: Banned Books Week</strong></div> <div>Friday, September 27, 2019 | 10:30 a.m. | College-Rolando Library</div> <div> </div> <div>Celebrate Banned Books Week with readings from beloved picture books that have appeared on ALA's Banned Books lists over the years.</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Movie @ Your Library: Beauty and the Beast</strong></div> <div>Friday, September 27, 2019 | 4:00 p.m. | College-Rolando Library</div> <div> </div> <div>Attend a screening of this recent Disney movie and join us for a brief discussion on why this version of the film was banned from select movie theaters.</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Banned Books Read In</strong></div> <div>Saturday, September 28, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  | Pacific Beach Library</div> <div> </div> <div>Celebrate Banned Books Week with readers at the top of each hour reading aloud from a banned book. Everyone is welcome to join in and take a turn!</div> <hr> <h2>Banned Books Week Displays</h2> <div>The following libraries will feature one or more Banned Books Week displays in September. Discover more about titles that have been challenged or banned, then check out some great books!</div> <div> </div> <div> <div> <div>Carmel Mountain</div> <div>Carmel Valley</div> <div>Central Library</div> <div>College-Rolando</div> <div>Kensington-Normal Heights</div> <div>Mission Hills-Hillcrest</div> <div>MIssion Valley</div> <div>University Heights</div> <div>University Community</div> <div>Rancho Bernardo</div> <div>Ocean Beach</div> <div>Otay Mesa-Nestor</div> </div> <div> <div> </div> <div><img alt="Banned Books Week banner" data-delta="1" typeof="foaf:Image" src="https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/styles/100_percent/public/keep-light-on.png?itok=r2YD_vxh" width="816" height="272"></div> </div> </div> </div></div></div> <div><div><div> <div> <h2><a href="https://www.sandiego.gov/files/keep-light-bannerjpg">keep-light-on-banner.jpg</a></h2> <div> <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/keep-light-on-banner.jpg?itok=RT5qXMXN" width="480" height="229" alt="Banned Books Week Banner"> </div> </div> </div></div></div> <span property="dc:title" content="Banned Books Week"></span>
Celebrate Banned Books Week with the San Diego Public Library! This month, library branches throughout the city will feature book displays, read-alouds, story times, crafts, films, and more that highlight titles that have been censored or banned in the United States—from children’s picture books to classics to award-winning literature. Stand up, speak out, learn more, and celebrate your freedom to read!
 
Banned Books Week (September 22-28, 2019) 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. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
  • Infographic for who intiates book challenges.
  • Infographic for book challenge reasons.
  • Infographic for where book challenges take place.
  • Infographic for challenges beyond books.
 

Banned Books Week Events

“I Read Banned Books” Photo Op
Entire Month of September | North Park Library
 
Celebrate Banned Book week with a special photo opportunity! Take a mug shot in our “I Read Banned Books” photo frame, then share it on social media.
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. | University Heights Library
 
Celebrate Banned Book Week! At this fun workshop, explore fun and colorful ways to make an accordion book by adding parts that move while you learn about six popular banned children’s books. For ages 7 and up. Parental supervision is required for younger children. Registration required. Space is limited. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the University Heights Library.
 
Monday, September 23, 2019 | 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. | Central Library, Neil Morgan Auditorium
 
Commemorate Banned Books Week and join San Diego Public Library staff and community readers for the library’s annual Read-Aloud Read-a-thon.  A new book and a new reader every 15-30 minutes, leading up to the Banned Books Week Live! Event at 6:30 pm.
 
Monday, September 23, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. | Central Library, Neil Morgan Auditorium
 
During Banned Books Week, join us for a risqué evening of forbidden knowledge in books censored in the US in 2018. Stage actors from Write Out Loud and more will perform live readings from selected books marked with the scarlet letter of censorship. Join us for an entertaining evening of bacchanal revelry in the written word. Refreshments served.
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | 11:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. | City Heights/Weingart Library
 
Take a turn reading aloud from a banned book in recognition of Banned Books Week, September 22 – 28, 2019.
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. | San Carlos Library
 
Celebrate your freedom to read! In honor of Banned Books Week (Sept. 22-28), kids from the audience are invited to act out “The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch. Although a modern storytime favorite, this title was once the object of censorship attempts for its controversial ending – the princess does not marry the prince! With expert direction from children’s theater actress, Stacey Wein, this is a fun way for kids to build confidence and oral skills.
 
Preschool Storytime: Banned Books Week
Friday, September 27, 2019 | 10:30 a.m. | College-Rolando Library
 
Celebrate Banned Books Week with readings from beloved picture books that have appeared on ALA’s Banned Books lists over the years.
 
Movie @ Your Library: Beauty and the Beast
Friday, September 27, 2019 | 4:00 p.m. | College-Rolando Library
 
Attend a screening of this recent Disney movie and join us for a brief discussion on why this version of the film was banned from select movie theaters.
 
Banned Books Read In
Saturday, September 28, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  | Pacific Beach Library
 
Celebrate Banned Books Week with readers at the top of each hour reading aloud from a banned book. Everyone is welcome to join in and take a turn!

Banned Books Week Displays

The following libraries will feature one or more Banned Books Week displays in September. Discover more about titles that have been challenged or banned, then check out some great books!
 
Carmel Mountain
Carmel Valley
Central Library
College-Rolando
Kensington-Normal Heights
Mission Hills-Hillcrest
MIssion Valley
University Heights
University Community
Rancho Bernardo
Ocean Beach
Otay Mesa-Nestor
 
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