Celebrate your right to read with national Banned Books Week, September 24-30, 2017. The La Crosse Public Library is teaming up with our partners at the UW-La Crosse Murphy Library, the Pump House Regional Arts Center, and the Alternative Truth Project for a series of community events to commemorate the occasion. Planned activities for the week include public readings, read-outs, read-ins, and the first ever La Crosse Banned Books Cabaret.
Banned Books Week Family Read-In
Monday, September 25, 4:00-5:45 PM
South Community Library, 1307 South 16th Street
Help us kick off Banned Books Week with the Banned Books Week Family Read-In! Find a comfy spot for your family to read from your favorite historically banned or challenged children's book. Participate in all-ages activities that celebrate your freedom to read! Free pizza will be provided. (For children of all ages.)
Alternative Truth Project: "Alabama Story"
Monday, September 25, 7:30 PM
Pump House, 119 King Street
The local Alternative Truth Project presents a staged reading of Kenneth Jones' recent play "Alabama Story" directed by Greg Parmeter, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at UW-La Crosse. This play unveils the little-known true story of a Southern librarian who finds herself battling censorship and racism when a seemingly innocent children's book causes a stir. "The Rabbits' Wedding," by author/illustrator Garth Williams (artwork for "Little House in the Big Woods" "Charlotte's Web," and "Stuart Little," among others), is front and center in this play based on actual events in 1959 Alabama.
UW-La Crosse Murphy Library Freedom to Read-Read Out
Wednesday, September 27, 12:00-2:00 PM
Hoeschler Clock Tower, UW-La Crosse Campus
Join the UW-La Crosse Murphy Library outside at the UW-L Hoeschler Clock Tower for this public read out. Listen as UW-L faculty, student, and community members read aloud from some of their favorite historically banned and challenged books. If you'd like to volunteer to read a passage from one of your favorite banned books, sign up here.
Banned Books Cabaret
Wednesday, September 27, 7:30 PM
Pump House, 119 King Street
Join the La Crosse Public Library and the UW-L Murphy Library for La Crosse's first ever Banned Books Cabaret, an evening celebrating the power of words, and the freedom to read what we choose, through music, performance and “read-outs” from historically banned or challenged books. Attendees will have their own opportunity to participate and make their voices heard. This event is free and open to public but will contain adult content.
Banned Books Storytime
Saturday, September 30, 10:30-11:15 AM
Main Street Library, 800 Main Street
Join us for this family storytime featuring some frequently challenged children's books. Stick around for all-ages crafts. Free coffee and treats generously provided by Moka Coffee Shop. (For children of all ages.)