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Banned Books Week 2013

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Banned Books Week 2013 was held September 2228.

Seven organizations were recipients of 2013 Krug Fund Banned Books Week Event Grants!


Read more about their grants in our press release.

Each day during Banned Books Week 2013 we profiled one of the Krug Fund grant recipients on the FTRF Blog:

Sunday post: Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

Hugh Vandivier living behind a wall of banned and challenged books with nightly banned bedtime stories - see the local WFYI report


Chris Finan lecture, pub trivia, film festival, and "banned books re-covered" art exhibit 

Google Hangout with Mark Vonnegut


Monday post: Gadsden Public Library Foundation (Ala.)
  • Gadsden Reads: Fahrenheit 451
  • Planned symbolic "book burning" event changed to a "reverential live-art ceremony to honor books banned, challenged, and burned" after burn permit denied 
  • Lectures on Fahrenheit 451 and censorship by Dr. Robert Wood (video here) and Prof. Chris Harrison (audio here) , 
  • Art exhibit and Fahrenheit 451 book discussions, including one with Etowah County Detention Center inmates
  • Flickr photos: kickoff event, Harrison and Woods lectures, and art exhibition
  • Photos from Gadsden Times of kickoff event and Dr. Wood lecture
  • Personal blog entries by Carol York, Outreach Librarian at the Gadsden Public Library:

Tuesday post: Yuma County Library District (Ariz.)
  • "Time in the Slammer" reading areas in each branch
  • Discussions of banned music and films
  • Co

Wednesday post: Judith's Reading Room (Penn.)

Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi's award-winning graphic novel that was removed from Chicago Public School classes earlier this year - was 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, PA.  The event, created in collaboration with Muhlenberg's Six Meters improvisational dance ensemble, focused on Persepolis and 40 other books that have been banned and challenged.  There were two performances of this event.

Thursday post: Livingston Parish Library (La.)

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

Friday post: South Atlanta School of Law and Social Justice (Ga.)

Saturday post: Lockport Public Library (La.)

Lockport's events included "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.