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Check out these Krug Fund-sponsored Banned Books Week 2014 events!

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Banned Books Week starts Sunday, and FTRF members and supporters are encouraged to check out some of these events from the 2014 recipients of grants from the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.  Follow the links for many more great events from these sponsors!  All events are free and open to the public.

To learn about other events in your area, and to tell people about your own events, visit the Banned Books Week calendar.

Alexandria, VA: Library Survivor interactive game. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2:00 p.m. The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association.

Library Survivor is a game where we pretend that the library is on fire and the trucks are loaded with books! Five books remain but there is only room on the truck for one more book. What book will we choose to save? Five banned books (played by five actors) will defend their importance to you, the audience, who will decide their fate!

Chicago, IL: Banned Chicago! Panel Discussion. Wednesday, Sept. 24, 5-7 p.m., John T. Richardson Library 1st floor Learning Commons. Sponsored by the DePaul University Library and the University Center for Writing-based Learning.

This year, Banned Books Week celebrates graphic novels and comics, frequent targets of censorship due to their visual nature. Hear from authors, artists, readers, librarians and activists at our panel discussion. Featuring:

  • Student members of 451 Degrees, Lane Tech College Prep High Schools banned book club and Chicago Public Schools recent challenges to Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • James Klise, librarian & author of Love Drugged and The Art of Secrets
  • Aaron Renier, comic artist and lecturer in DePaul's College of Computing and Digital Media

(Reception to follow event in JTR 115)

Raleigh-Durham, NC: 30th Annual North Carolina Pride Festival. Saturday, Sept. 27, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Duke University East Campus, Durham. Display sponsored by the LGBT Center of Raleigh Library.

Under the Center’s tent, the Library will display banned LGBT‐themed books as a reminder of our First Amendment rights and to draw attention to the harms of censorship. An official Banned Books Week event.

Columbus, OH: Open Mic Reading. Friday, Sept. 26, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Multimedia/TV Studio, Columbus Hall first floor. Sponsored by Columbus State Community College.

The Library will be hosting a banned books-themed reading and open mic. The reading will be emceed by Associate Professor, Ann Palazzo, in partnership with the Columbus State English Department. We would like this reading to provide students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to share poetry or other creative works that explore such concepts as censorship, intellectual freedom, and banned books. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Also check out their Buzzfeed listicle & Pinterest boards - one on graphic novels & comics, one on banned book-themed films!

Pittsburgh, PA: 2014 fREADom. Monday, Sept. 22, 7:00 p.m. Jewish Community Center, Robinson Building, Katz Auditorium, 5738 Darlington Road, Squirrel Hill. Sponsored by the ACLU of Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh personalities and performers will read from their favorite banned or challenged works.


  • Charlie Batch, former quarterback- Pittsburgh Steelers/founder- Best of the Batch Foundation
  • Paul Guggenheimer, host, WESA’s “Essential Pittsburgh”
  • Dan Kamin, world-renowned mime
  • Alan Olifson, comedian, host of Moth StorySLAM Pittsburgh
  • Hope Academy of Music and the Arts, arts education outreach program for youth
  • Vanessa German, poet, performer, photographer, sculptor and activist

Plus - Banned Advertising! Images and clips from ads that some folks thought you shouldn’t see!

Charleston, SC: Charleston Read-Out, Monday, Sept. 22, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St.  Sponsored by Charleston Library Friends.

Featuring writers and artists reading from their favorite banned books. Presenters to include: Marcus Amaker, Herb Frazier, Sharon Graci, Bret Lott, Theodore Rosengarten, Joy Vandervort-Cobb, Marjory Wentworth, and Katherine Williams.

Tags:  Banned Books Week  BBW2014  Judith Krug Memorial Fund 

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Banned Books Week Spotlight: Lockport Public Library

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Saturday, September 28, 2013

Each day during Banned Books Week we will profile one of the seven recipients of FTRF's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund 2013 Banned Books Week grants. Day 7 features Lockport Public Library, a branch of the Lafourche Parish Public Library System in Louisiana. 

The final organization to be profiled in our spotlight series for Banned Books Week, the Lockport Public Library is one of two Louisiana institutions to receive Krug Fund grants this year (Livingston Parish Library was the other).

Lockport's events in clude "pirate radio" broadcasts once a week in September; several art workshops where patrons created paintings, sculptures, posters, and other mixed media art to express their views on censorship and their favorite banned books; a mock trial on Thursday with caged books waiting to be defended or prosecuted; and a freedom to read book walk on Wednesday which featured people with paper chains walking for banned books.  There were also various banned book movie adaptation showings.

Check out the Lafourche Library System's Banned Books Club blog for details of their 2013 events and learn about their monthly discussion group at the system's Thibodaux branch.  This month's selection was Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed.

You can follow the Lafourche Library on Twitter (@LafourcheLib) and Facebook.

And here's the library's Most Interesting (Banned Books Week) Fan in the World:

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Tags:  Banned Books Week  BBW2014  Judith Krug Memorial Fund  LaFourche Parish Public Library  pirate radio 

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Banned Books Week Spotlight: South Atlanta High School

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Friday, September 27, 2013

Each day during Banned Books Week we will profile one of the seven recipients of FTRF's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund 2013 Banned Books Week grants. Day 6 features South Atlanta School of Law and Social Justice in Georgia.

The School of Law and Social Justice is one of four small schools in the South Atlanta High School complex in Atlanta, Ga.  Their grant went to support "Danger! Black Men Reading," a series of events highlighting banned and challenged books by African American male authors, including Ralph Ellison (of Invisible Man fame), Malcolm X, and James Baldwin.

Their events included a Banned Books Week/Library Card Sign-Up Month combined event, an essay contest, Banned Books Week awards luncheon, and a virtual Read-Out.

South Atlanta has posted a number of photos on their Facebook page and created this preview video to kick the week off!



Tags:  African American literature  Banned Books Week  BBW2014  Judith Krug Memorial Fund  social justice  South Atlanta High School 

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Banned Books Week Spotlight: Livingston Public Library

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Thursday, September 26, 2013

Each day during Banned Books Week we will profile one of the seven recipients of FTRF's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund 2013 Banned Books Week grants. Day 5 features Livingston Parish Library in Louisiana.

A Southern Style Cafe.  Banned picture shows.  Southern Literature lecture.  Skits and trivia.  There's a plethora of events with a singular focus on the South taking place this week at Livingston Parish Library just east of Baton Rouge, La.

The Southern Style Cafe was Monday and is being repeated this evening.  Residents are encouraged to come read from their favorite Southern banned/challenged books and listen to country music.

Tuesday and Saturday are the dates of the Banned Picture Show, featuring films based on banned and challenged books.

Sunday, Sept. 29, there will be a Southern Literature Lecture with professors from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Mornings throughout September saw Free to Read programming with a goal of explaining Banned Books Week to kids, highlighting books such as A Light in the Attic and Where the Wild Things Are.

Finally, next Monday (Sept. 30), there will be a Banned Books Skit & Trivia event involving the Young Writers Circle.

Read the Library Director's report on Livingston's Banned Books Week celebration.

Tags:  Banned Books Week  BBW2014  Ju  Judith Krug Memorial Fund  Livingston Parish  Southern literature 

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Banned Books Week spotlight: Judith's Reading Room

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Each day during Banned Books Week we will profile one of the seven recipients of FTRF's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund 2013 Banned Books Week grants. Day 4 features Judith's Reading Room in Pennsylvania.

Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi's award-winning graphic novel that was removed from Chicago Public School classes earlier this year - is the theme for "The Emotive Powers of Literature: Celebrating Banned Books Through Dance," an event presented by Judith's Reading Room at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, MA PA  The event, created in collaboration with Muhlenberg's Six Meters improvisational dance ensemble, will focus on Persepolis and 40 other books that have been banned and challenged.

There will be two performances on Thursday, at 12:30 and 7:00 p.m.  The performances are open to the public.

Read more about the event here.


This is the second Krug Fund grant for Judith's Reading Room, which garnered national press for its Banned Books Flash Mob in conjunction with Lafayette College last year.


Named in honor of Judith Krug, Judith's Reading Room promotes "Freedom through Literature" by providing fully stocked, custom-designed permanent libraries and mobile book carts to organizations that serve people who have limited or no mobility and communities that have limited or no access to books. Recipients of libraries include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, children’s homes, adult community centers, and international schools with limited resources.

Tags:  Banned Books Week  BBW2014  dance  Judith Krug Memorial Fund  Judith's Reading Room  Muhlenberg College 

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