Banned Books Week 2021

What is it?

Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of the freedom to read. It highlights the history of how the week came about, the books that are censored, what censorship is, and so much more. This is a week long event that also works to help patrons understand the harm censorship can cause. Our activities will be held from September 26th through October 2nd, 2021 including a special Banned Books Week themed Library on the Go on September 24th. While it may look different this year, we still hope you will join us virtually and in the library to celebrate the freedom to read!

Learn more about the history of Banned Books Week here!

Banned Books Week 2021 Theme: Books Unite Us, Censorship Divides Us.


Contest: Count The Puzzle Pieces!

To celebrate Banned Books Week 2020, the Bellevue University Library is hosting a Jar Counting Puzzle Pieces Contest from September 26th – October 2nd. Come and see if you can correctly guess the number of puzzle pieces in the jar! Winner will take home the beautiful book themed puzzle displayed in the jar.

Contest: Create Unity!

Accepting Submissions September 26-October 9th. Participants are encouraged to create and submit an artistic representation of what ‘Unity’ means to them.  It can be visual art, writing, music, or anything creative to depict the idea of ‘Unity’.  The winner of this contest will receive a book by our Banned Book Author of the Year! Submissions can be sent to:

Unity Events

Side Walk Chalk Event

Join us on September 30, 2021 from 2:00-3:30 PM as we make sidewalk chalk art pieces outside of the Library. Attendees will enjoy creating their own masterpieces and receive a Banned Books Week goodie bag, courtesy of the BU Library!

Instagram Rock Hunt

Participate in the Library’s rock hunt September 26-October 2nd! We will be hiding painted rocks on campus, see how many you can find and use #bulibrary to share with us on Instagram!

“Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association,”

Don’t forget to come into the library and check out our Displays focusing on Unity and Our Banned Author of the Year, R.L. Stine!

Additional Resources:

Banned Books List – Bellevue University Library

Banned Books Week

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