Banned Books Week is October 1-7

The theme for this year’s Banned Books Week is “Let Freedom Read.” Poudre Libraries is hosting a variety of programs and activities this month to celebrate your right to read and reinforce the Library’s commitment to intellectual freedom: the rights of individuals to read, seek information, and speak freely as guaranteed by the First Amendment.

We hope to see you exercising your freedom to read during Banned Books Week and every week. Check out a few of the exciting activities happening at the Libraries this October!

During their September 2023 board meeting, the Poudre Libraries Board of Trustees unanimously signed on to a Banned Books Week Proclamation, celebrating Banned Books Week and encouraging free people to read freely.

Let Freedom Read Reading Challenge

October 1 – 31 / Ages 12 and up / Online via Beanstack

Celebrate your right to read and learn more about intellectual freedom: the rights of individuals to read, seek information, and speak freely.

To complete this challenge:

  • Log onto our Beanstack website or create an account. You can also use the Beanstack Tracker app available in your app store.
  • Read a book of your choice that has been banned or challenged. See the Banned & Challenged Books book list on Beanstack for ideas!
  • Earn at least ONE activity badge.

Pre-registration begins September 25. Complete the challenge by October 31 to be entered in a prize drawing for a Banned Books Swag Bag! We’ll draw three winners at random.

Events & Programs

Visit our online events calendar to find and register for programs.

Book Displays & Pop Up Activities

Each of the libraries will host book displays highlighting frequently banned and challenged books. Browse the displays to find your next read!

While you’re visiting, be sure to participate in our “Dear Banned Author” writing activity.

Additional Resources

ALA “Top 10 Most Challenged Books” List Archive

Censorship by the Numbers

Library Bill of Rights

Freedom to Read Statement

ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom

Unite Against Book Bans

Freedom to Read Foundation

National Coalition Against Censorship

“Let Freedom Read: Banned Books Week 2023” commentary