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Banned Books Read-Out

September 26, 2017 @ 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Join the Law Library in celebrating the freedom to read at our second annual Banned Books Read-Out on the steps of Langdell.

We invite you to join us to listen, or to read a brief excerpt from your favorite banned or challenged book. Can’t make it? You can participate in Banned Books Week by posing for a photo for our Instagram page – featuring you and your favorite banned or challenged book! Keep reading for details!

What is Banned Books Week?

Banned Books Week is an annual observance celebrating our freedom to read while spotlighting the hundreds of books challenged or banned from schools and libraries—even to the present day. The week was founded in 1982 by Judith Krug, who started as director of the “Office for Intellectual Freedom” at the American Library Association in the 1960s. It is sponsored by (among others) the ALA, the American Booksellers Association, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Association of American Publishers, and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and it is endorsed by the National Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.

To learn more about Cambridge’s link to book banning, stop by the library to see our small exhibit on the New England Watch and Ward Society, whose records we hold in our collection. The collection is also available digitally. (The neighboring town of Concord led the charge 132 years ago in banning Huckleberry Finn.)

Sign me up!


Email Meg Kribble to sign up. Choose an excerpt of 2-3 minutes from a longer work—links and lists above can provide inspiration.


Here are photos from 2016. If you’d like to participate, email Jane Kelly to sign up—we can come to you to take a photo. You can also share your own photos with the tag #hlsbannedbooks.

Hope to see you at our Banned Books Read-Out!


September 26, 2017
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
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Langdell Hall Steps