Today kicks off the 32nd Annual Banned Books Week and events for the young and old will be held throughout the country, with readings and storytime for babies to celebrations in honor of Lord of the Rings with costumed characters for teens. Here’s a list of family-friendly events taking place in large cities around the U.S. this week in honor of all those banned books!
Banned Books Week
Sept. 21-27, 2014
Glen Ellyn Public Library
All week long kids in grades four through eight can stop by the Glen Ellyn Public Library in Chicago and have their picture taken with their favorite banned book, which will also be featured in the library’s special Facebook album. Readings will also take place daily.
Free Tattoo with Checkout of Banned Book
Sept. 21-27, 2014
Providence Community Library
Families who check out a banned book this week in Providence will get a free temporary tattoo!
Hobbit Day Celebration
Sept. 22, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Coffee County Lannom Library
Located about an hour from Nashville, the Coffee County Lannom Library in Tullahoma, Tennessee, is hosting a celebration in honor of Lord of the Rings and Middle Earth’s very own Bilbo and Frodo! Families can enjoy costume contests, scavenger hunts, riddles, trivia and hobbit snacks.
Celebrate Banned Books at Wild Lilac
Sept. 24, 2014 at 11 a.m.
Wild Lilac Child Development Community
Listen to parents and teachers as they read from their favorite banned children’s books in Portland this Wednesday.
Banned Books Week DIY Festival
Sept. 25, 2014
College of Charleston – Addlestone Library
Families can make their own buttons, magazines and more at this DIY Festival in Charleston this week. A photobooth will be available all week long for photos with your banned book, too.
Baby’s First Banned Book Club Meeting
Sept. 25, 2014 at 3 p.m.
Books Inc. in the Marina
Sing songs, clap your hands and read books that have actually been banned for the little ones in San Francisco this week! Who knew storytime for baby would or could be banned?
Book Bites Banned Books Storytime
Sept. 25, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.
Books Inc. Laurel Village
Bring kids ages 6 and up to this event, which offers little ones who are just learning to read a storytime of banned books.
– Hilarey Wojtowicz