“The Perks of Being a Butter Pecan” ice cream, shelfie-selfies and flying freedom bird book displays.
These are just three thought-provoking program ideas from “Fifty Shades of Banned Books,” a webinar from the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and hosted by OIF Assistant Director Kristin Pekoll. The webinar – which lists more than 50 ways to celebrate this year’s Banned Books Week – and slideshow are now available for viewing.
As a former librarian, Pekoll has stored up an armory of programming ideas from libraries across the country. One webinar section is devoted to partnerships and collaborations, with programs ranging from mayor mugshots to novel-themed potlucks.
“Engaging your community works best when you think outside the library’s four walls,” said Pekoll.
But not every event has to be family friendly, she notes while explaining banned books beer outings and not-safe-for-work trivia contests.
The webinar includes tips on scheduling authors, creating displays (or un-displays) on a budget and producing engaging social media content.
How will you celebrate Banned Books Week?