Banned Books Week 2020: A Schedule of Virtual Events

Banned and Challenged Books, Banned Books Week, Office for Intellectual Freedom

By: Ellie Diaz

Banned Books Week 2020 kicks off on September 27! Throughout the week, libraries, schools, bookstores, and organizations will be hosting events that spotlight the freedom to read — make sure to check out events happening around you!

Text reads Censorship is a Dead End. Find Your Freedom to Read. To the left of the text is an open book with a shadow of a figure standing in front of it.

Here are also some virtual events from the American Library Association and its friends to add to your calendar. 

This list will continue to be updated.


I Read Banned Books. Thank you for writing them.
  • Dear Banned Author: Write, tweet or email your favorite banned/challenged author with these postcards and mailing addresses. You could also win a tote filled with banned book goodies by tweeting your letters.
  • #BannedBooksWeek in Action: Engage in these themed activities each day of Banned Books Week and share your progress to inspire others to join the movement for the freedom to read. 
  • Stand for the Banned: Submit a video of yourself reading from banned books or talking about censorship, to be featured on the Banned Books Week YouTube channel. 

Sunday, September 27

Banned Books Week in Action

Monday, September 28

 Gene Luen Yang

Tuesday, September 29

Portugal. The Man

Wednesday, September 30

Alex Gino
  • 12 p.m. CST — “Black People in Comics” webinar from the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table and the Intellectual Freedom Round Table

Thursday, October 1

Friday, October 2

Watch Party Scary Stories
  • 6 p.m. CST — Watch party of “Scary Stories” documentary and Twitter conversation with #CensorshipisScary

Saturday, October 3

Banned Books Week in Action. Saturday. Thank those who defend the freedom to read.

Ellie Diaz

Ellie Diaz is the Program Officer at the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. With her journalism background and fierce devotion to the freedom to read, Ellie collaborates with experts on organizing ALA’s Banned Books Week and several other projects within OIF. As a biblio-writer, she enjoys exploring the intersection of advocacy and literature. 

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