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Commemorate Banned Books Week with the San Diego Public Library! Throughout the week, library staff from the Central Library and Branches will share excerpts from books that have been challenged or banned in the United States—from children’s picture books to classics to award-winning literature. Check out our Virtual Read-a-Thon Monday, September 27th- Saturday, October 2nd @ 12 noon, live events (listed below), and browse our Banned Books Week displays at your local branch!
"Banned Books Week (September 26 - October 2, 2021) 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."
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Stand up, speak out, learn more, and celebrate your freedom to read!


Picture This! The Wizard of Oz @ the Pacific Beach/Taylor Library 
Monday, September 27 @ 12:00pm | Information and registration here
Banned Books Live! 2021 @ the Central Library
Tuesday, September 28 @ 6:30 pm | Information and registration here
Library Cinema: Banned Books Week Edition @ Mission Hills-Hillcrest/Knox Library
Monday, September 27th- Saturday, October 2nd @ 3:30pm | Information and registration here

Virtual Read-a-Thon

Visit the library's Facebook Monday, September 27th- Saturday, October 2nd @ 12 noon for daily readings from banned books! We'll post them on the library's YouTube page and below throughout the week. Click here to view our playlist of 2021 Banned Book readings on YouTube.


Check out this video from 2019, when Marlon Bundo visited five of our San Diego Public Library locations! A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, and illustrated by EG Keller, has once again appeared on ALA's Top 10 Banned Books list.

Listener's Advisory: The San Diego Public Library Podcast

Episode 10: Banned Books Week and Our Favorite Banned Books

More information and listen to the episode here


Discover Banned Books Week facts, check out virtual author events, and much more from the American Library Association: