Banned Books Week

We celebrate Banned Books Week September 24 – 30,

but we celebrate your right to intellectual freedom year round!

“A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.” (American Library Association)

This year we are highlighting books that have been challenged or banned in the past as well as encouraging patrons to participate in ALA’s Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament.

How do you participate? It’s easy! During Banned Books Week (September 24 – 30) your tweets that meet the following criteria will be automatically entered into the drawing to win a cool literary prize. Simply use the hashtag #RebelReader on a tweet that includes one of the following:

  • Take a selfie with a banned or challenged book
  • Share a video of yourself talking about censorship or reading from a banned or challenged book
  • Post a quote from a favorite banned or challenged book
  • Share a story about an educator who helped you learn the power of words
  • Take a photo of a completed ALA Banned Books Week coloring sheet (Words Have Power, Bad Kitty)
  • Take a photo of yourself with any Words Have Power swag
  • Share a link to your library’s homepage or book selection policy!
  • Tweet some love at a banned author from this list. (

Don’t forget to tag the libraries @TredyLibrary or @PaoliLibrary so we can see your entry!

According to ALA, these are the rules:

Read the Official Rules here. General takeaway points:

  • You must be 13 or older.
  • Eligible tweets follow one of the eight tasks and uses the hashtag #RebelReader.
  • One eligible tweets equals one entry into the drawing.
  • Multiple entries are welcomed, but duplicate tweets are discouraged.

Place a hold on previously banned or challenged titles:

For adults

For Young Adults

For Children