Banned Books Week 2016

Banned Authors Book Signing

Saturday, Oct. 1, 3 - 5 p.m.
Metropolitan State University Library, 1st Floor, 645 E 7th St.

Noted local authors including Pete Hautman, Phyllis Root, and Marion Dane Bauer will sign copies of their books that have at one time been challenged or banned. Authors will also answer questions about their experiences with censorship. Their books will also be available for purchase.

Banned Book Storytimes with Special Guests

Several libraries will be hosting storytimes with special guests reading to children from books that have been banned or challenged.

  • Seitu Jones, Visual Artist
    Rondo Library: Sept. 27, 10:30 a.m.
  • Jane Eastwood, Saint Paul Public Library Director
     Dayton's Bluff Library: Sept. 29, 10:30 a.m.
  • Christine Schafer, Dean of Library and Information Services, Metropolitan State
     Riverview Library: Sept. 29, 10:30-11:00 a.m.
  • Paul Creager, Founder and Director of Square Lake Music & Film Festival; Curriculum Director at Gordon Parks High School
    Rondo Library: Sept. 30, 11:00-11:30 a.m. 

Banned Book Movie Matinee

Winnie the Pooh (G) (2011)

Thursday, Sept. 29, 11:30 a.m.
Riverview Library

Winnie-The-Pooh has faced hard criticism since its publication in 1926. Like Alice in Wonderland, Winnie-the-Pooh has been challenged by religious groups because the animal characters can speak and act on the same level as their human counterpart Christopher Robin.

Where the Wild Things Are (PG) (2009)
Thursday, Sept. 29, 5:30 p.m.
Rondo Library 

One of the most beloved—and bestselling—children’s books of all time has been challenged a number of times in schools and libraries because of "witchcraft/supernatural elements."

The Lorax (PG)

Saturday, Oct. 1, 1 - 3 p.m.
Metropolitan State Auditorium

The Lorax was banned because it was seen as portraying the foresting industry in an arguably negative way. Some people felt that this book was persuading children against the logging industry.

Banned Book Night at the Movies

Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (PG-13)

Friday, Sept. 30, 7-10 p.m.
Metropolitan State Auditorium, 
700 E 7th St.

In 2001, The Lord of the Rings was burned in Alamogordo, NM outside Christ Community Church along with other Tolkien novels for being satanic.


These events are funded in part by a grant from the Freedom to Read Foundation’s Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund, awarded to only six libraries nationwide. Banned Books Week events are co-sponsored by Metropolitan State University.