Skip to Main Content Library Homepage College Homepage
Research Guides

Banned Books Week: Home

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

Geisel Library is proud to support Banned Books Week.


What is Banned Books Week?

"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.

Let Freedom Read Day

On October 7th, show your support for the Freedom to Read by taking action. Learn more at


  • Call a decision-maker, write a letter, attend a meeting
  • Check-out or buy a banned book
  • Volunteer at your local library
  • Organize or support an advocacy organization

Show how you’re taking action on social media by using the hashtags: #LetFreedomReadDay and #BannedBooksWeek!

@ Geisel Library


Banned Book Bingo

Each year hundreds of books get banned in public and school libraries across the country for reasons ranging from adultery to violence and everything in between. Which frequently banned or challenged books have you read? Leave a dot for every banned book you've read and help us complete Banned Book Bingo! This interactive bingo card will be on the white board in the main entrance.


Come check out our physical display of books that have been banned across the world, from classics to kids' books.

Check them them...feel like a rebel!


Book Discussion: All Boys Aren't Blue

Book Cover for All Boys aren't blue"In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first sexual relationships, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys" (

Join us on Thursday, October 5 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Reading Room to discuss the book.

You don't have to have read the book to join the discussion. 

"All Boys Aren't Blue" is available at Geisel in print and through Overdrive's Libby App as an ebook or audiobook