SFPL Celebrates Banned Books Week

With a Commemoration of To Kill a Mockingbird and a Book Challenge for Teens

The American Library Association’s Annual Banned Books Week is Sept. 25 – Oct. 2

San Francisco Public Library participates in annual Banned Books Week activities with a commemoration of the classic Harper Lee novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, which is on the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom’s most frequently banned classic books list. On Tuesday, Sept. 28, SFPL and Book Editor Oscar Villalon will host a special 50th anniversary event of the publication of To Kill A Mockingbird, including a screening of a documentary by director Mary McDonagh Murphy, Hey, Boo: To Kill A Mockingbird & Harper Lee, followed by a book discussion with San Francisco authors Jewelle Gomez, Andrew Sean Greer and Michelle Richmond. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the Koret Auditorium at the Main Library, 100 Larkin St.

Throughout the week, SFPL’s Teen Services librarians will offer an online Banned Books Blog Challenge. The Library’s teen blog at sfpl.org/teens will spotlight titles that have been banned across the U.S., many of which were written for a teen audience. Every day for five days, from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1, a different banned book challenge question will be posted. Teens between the ages of 13 and 18 can e-mail the five correct answers and be entered in a drawing to win a Flip camcorder. The drawing will take place on Oct. 8.  Participants must have a library card to play.

The American Library Association’s Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted banning of books across the United States.

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