Banned Books Week 2016

FreedomtoReadRead aloud passages from banned and challenged books, enjoy a family pizza read-in, and use a selfie station to grab a selfie of you and your favorite banned books!

These are all parts of events planned byMurphy Library and the La Crosse Public Library during Banned Books Week, Sept. 25 – Oct. 1.

Banned Books Week is a national celebration that promotes the freedom of choice and the freedom of expression, even if that choice or opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular.

Events include:

Fourth Annual Freedom to Read – Read Out – this takes place from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28, on the first-floor landing of Murphy Library’s central staircase. The public is invited to drop by during the event and listen to the readings. Participants and audience members who wish to do so can enter into a drawing for banned book mugs.

Volunteers are needed to read short passages (no more than five minutes) at the event. Those interested in reading for the program should complete the Volunteer to Read Form  or contact Marc Manke, Murphy Library, at

Brown Bag Lunch Discussion – prior to the Freedom to Read – Read Out, Murphy library will also be offering a brown bag lunch discussion on the topic of banned books from noon -12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28. The discussion will be led and moderated by UWL faculty and librarians from the La Crosse Public Library and will cover topics such as why and how books are banned, ethical implications, reader and institution responsibilities, and more.

Banned Books Week Pizza Family Read-In – this event takes place from 6:00 – 7:30 pm on Wednesday, Sept 28 in the La Crosse Public Library Children’s Room. The public is invited to unplug and read together from a selection of books that have been challenged or banned over the past several years! Pizza will be served.

Banned Book Selfie Station – During Banned Books Week, the La Crosse Public Library will have a selfie station at the main branch where people can take their own picture with banned or challenged books and email it or have it posted in the library to publicly support the freedom to read.

All events are open to the public and are free of charge.