How KC is Participating in Banned Books Week

Some of your favorites might be on the list.

Sticker that says "Read Banned Books" from Flagship Books

Local indie bookstores are joining the awareness efforts this week.

Photo by Flagship Books

The Kansas City Public Library, along with local indie book stores, are joining others across the nation in observing Banned Books Week today-Sat., Sept., 24.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. The week was created in 1982 in response to a rise in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries. The goal is to highlight the value of free and open access to information, as well as bring together the entire book community.

Here’s a few ways you can participate locally:

  • Ban These Books? Let’s Talk | Thurs., Sept. 22 | 6 p.m. | Plaza Branch | Free with RSVP | Hear veteran librarians walk through a range of books that have been targeted for removal or restriction in public libraries.
  • Community Bookshelf | All week | Central Library Parking Garage | Check out what the existing installation would look like without the banned books included.
  • Interactive Display | Today-Sun., Sept. 25 | Flagship Books | Visit just one of many local indie bookstores participating in the awareness efforts.
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