Raise the Volume on Banned Books Week Programs – Facebook Live with OIF

Banned Books Week, Office for Intellectual Freedom, Programming, Social Media

By: Kristin Pekoll

Facebook Live Raise the VolumeJoin ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) in this engaging Facebook Live event for ideas on how to raise the volume on your Banned Books Week programming. During the event, OIF Assistant Director Kristin Pekoll will discuss:

  • the new “Dear Banned Author” letter-writing campaign and how to bring it to your library, school, or institution
  • a trendy twist on amplifying Stand for the Banned videos
  • unique Banned Books Week programming ideas that will leave a lasting impression on patrons
  • tips on how to handle challenges to displays and programs during the event

Bring your questions and ideas to the OIF Facebook page on Wednesday, August 22 at 12 p.m. Central. 

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While the focus will be on programming in libraries, schools, and other organizations, anyone is welcome to join us to gear up for a loud week, where we raise our megaphones to amplify the freedom to read and speak out against censorship.


Kristin PekollKristin Pekoll is the Assistant Director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. Kristin communicates with state library associations on current book challenges and publications that deal with censorship, privacy, ethics, and internet filtering. She organizes online education and training on the freedom to read and how to navigate reconsideration requests and media relations. Kristin started her career as a youth librarian in West Bend, Wisconsin. In 2009, over 80 YA LGBTQ books were challenged over 6 months. While the library board voted to retain all of the books in this case, she learned the indispensable value of support and education for librarians. She continued to fight against censorship in Wisconsin as the Intellectual Freedom Round Table Chair. Kristin’s husband and kids have joined her in Chicago but they all remain true Green Bay Packers fans. She enjoys zombies, knitting, and the Big Bang Theory. Find her on Twitter @kpekoll.

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