Free Recorded Webinar: Engage Patrons with 50 Banned Books Week Programs

Banned Books Week, General Interest


“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.

Walworth-Seely Public Library's fiery banned books display
Walworth-Seely Public Library in New York designed an eye-catching display to kick off Banned Books Week.

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.

The Office for Intellectual Freedom is a hub for Banned Books Week resources, including promotional materials, Top Ten lists and free downloads.

If your library wasn’t featured in the webinar, show us your Banned Books Week pride! Participate in the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out or submit a program to

How will you celebrate Banned Books Week?

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