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Release Date: 08/29/2014

Celebrate intellectual freedom at Banned Books events Sept. 11 - Oct. 4

Read Banned Books

In honor of national Banned Books Week, Sept. 21-27, The Seattle Public Library will host story times and film screenings at several Library locations. There will also be a night of readings at Neighbours Nightclub by local comedians and drag performers. The events celebrate the freedom to read and encourage discussions on why books are banned.     


The programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Free parking is available at the branches. Parking is available in the Central Library garage at the regular rates. Street parking is available at Neighbours Nightclub.


See below for a list of event times and locations, or visit the Library's calendar.


Banned Books: Which and Why?

Hot Topics for Seniors and Senior Wannabees! presents a discussion on "Banned Books: Which & Why?" Brown bag lunches are welcome.


Banned Books Story Time - Enjoy stories and songs celebrating the freedom to read.


For children ages 0 to 5 and their families.


For children ages 3 to 8 and their families.


Banned! Books in Drag

Join us for a free evening of drag and literature hosted by The Stranger's David Schmader. For ages 21 and over.


Banned Book Film Series, Sept. 20 - Oct. 4

Bless Me Ultima

In New Mexico in the time of WWII, a young man goes to an aged medicine woman and forms a relationship which helps him challenge the fight amid the good and the evil that storms through his village. Rated PG-13.


The Hours

The story of how the novel "Mrs. Dalloway" affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives. Rated PG-13.



A young man struggles through his life with his homosexuality in an England that held such behavior to be illegal and social reprehensible. Rated R.


The Perks of Being a Wallflower

A high school freshman, always watching from the sidelines, is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. For teens. Rated PG-13.


Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Join Charlie Bucket, his grandfather, and four lucky contest winners on a tour through the factory of the mysterious candy mogul Willy Wonka. Rated G.


Their Eyes Were Watching God

A drama set in the 1920s, where free-spirited Janie Crawford's search for happiness leads her through several different marriages, challenging the mores of her small town. Rated TV-14.


Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged nationally since 1982 according to the American Library Association.

For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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