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Banned Books Week offers an opportunity for readers to voice their concerns, celebrate free expression and show their communities the importance of intellectual freedom.

Celebrate Banned Books Week, September 26 - October 2, 2021

Banned Books Week: Books Unite Us, Censorship Divides Us


What is Banned Books Week?

Geisel Library is proud to support Banned Books Week (September 26 - October 2, 2021).

"Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week 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."

From the American Library Association’s website. Retrieved Sept. 13, 2016.


Lists of Banned Books

Find lists of books that have been most frequently challenged or banned here:

Banned Books Week at Geisel Library



Come check out our physical display of books that have been banned across the world, from classics to kids' books! Check them out! Read them! Feel like a rebel!


Book Discussion: Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

We'll be discussing Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin this year! Challenged in both Hudson Falls, NY (1994) and Prince William County, VA (1988), it's been challenged because there are recurring themes of rape, masturbation, violence, and degrading treatment of women. 

Join us on Monday, September 27 at 12:30 in the Reading Room to chat about this whirlwind of a read!

Go Tell It on the Mountain cover art



Meet the Library Staff via Their Favorite Banned Books!


We're on social media! Check out our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok all year around, but especially this week!


You've always wanted to know which banned books are our favorites, and now you can! We'll be featuring our library staff pictured with their favorite banned books on our social media the whole week. And our books will be on display for you to check out and read yourself!




Free Goodies!

Grab some Banned Books paraphernalia at the book display! We've got pins, bookmarks, stickers, and activity sheets!