Banned Books

Banned Books Week: September 18-24

An annual American Library Association sponsored event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment – highlighting the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the potential harm of censorship. Unite Against Book Bans is a national initiative to empower readers everywhere to stand together in the fight against censorship. Read more about censorship and banned books here. Looking for a list of Banned Books? Check out the American Library Association’s list of the top 100 challenged books of the past decade, and read on to find lists curated by GPL librarians.

Banned Books Reading Challenge

For Adults and Teens 

During the month of September, read books that have been challenged and log your books on Beanstack or visit the Reader Services Desk to be entered in a grand prize raffle. For reading suggestions, click on one of our resource lists below or check out our book display in the library this month.

Use your computer or the Beanstack App on your smartphone, or tablet to log books. Note: If you already used Beanstack for past reading programs, you are all set to go! Simply use your previous login, register for the Banned Books Reading Challenge. For Beanstack questions, visit the Reader Services Desk.

Celebrate Your Freedom to Read!

Reading Recommendations

Banned Books on Overdrive/Libby: eBooks & Audiobooks


Page Turners Book Discussion

Monday, September 12, 1-2 PM • Multipurpose Room

Banned Book Selection: The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Choosing Books for Your Kids

Monday, September 19, 7-8 PM • Community Room West

Learn how to choose and evaluate books for your children from our librarians. For parents, teachers, and caregivers.

A Conversation on Censorship

Tuesday, September 20, 7-8:30 PM • Community Room

Join us for a panel discussion on open access to information and ideas, including how those rights are protected under the First Amendment. Panelists include B.T. Gottfred, author of three teen novels and 1993 Glenbrook South High School graduate; Joyce McIntosh, Assistant Program Director, Freedom to Read Foundation; and Lindsey Dorfman, Library Director, Glenview Public Library.

Walk and Talk Books

Wednesday, September 21, 2-3 PM • Offsite: Glenview Park Center East Wing, 2400 Chestnut Ave

In honor of Banned Books Week, stroll through beautiful Gallery Park with Librarians Carmen and Anne and share a challenged book you have read.