Banned Books

Collect your own set of complimentary trading cards During Banned Books Week. Sets are available at Chapel Hill Public Library, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill Comics, and UNC Libraries.

Banned Books Week 2016

Banned Books Week is an annual, national celebration of your freedom to read. Chapel Hill Public Library, in partnership with the Division of Cultural Arts, celebrates by asking local artists to create original works of art inspired by a banned book or author whose work has been challenged.

Each piece represents the ongoing struggle for intellectual freedom and the dangers of censorship. Seven works are printed as trading cards that we give to the public during Banned Books Week.

Collect your free set in person from September 25 – October 1. You can support the project by purchasing collector’s sets from our Friend’s website. Current and past sets are available!

  • Banned Books Project Chapel Hill Monday Card
  • Banned Books Project Chapel Hill Monday Card
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  • Banned Books Project Chapel Hill
  • Banned Books Project Chapel Hill
  • Banned Books Project Chapel Hill
  • Banned Books Project Chapel Hill
  • Banned Books Project Chapel Hill
The 7 winning pieces

All 2016 Entries:

All 2016 Entries:

Thank you to all artists. Please join us on Friday, September 23rd for a public reception.

Call for Local Artists

The Chapel Hill Public Library, in partnership with the Parks & Recreation Division of Cultural Arts, is celebrating intellectual freedom and Banned Books Week in an interesting, fun, and unique way. We are asking local artists from Orange, Durham, Wake, Chatham and Alamance counties to create small scale (5” wide x 7” tall) works of art inspired by a banned/challenged book or author.

Based on their artistic excellence, seven of this year’s new works will be selected by a jury to receive $100 awards and be printed as trading cards, with the artwork on the front and the artist’s statement and information about the highlighted book or author on the back. A special $100 award for best youth entry will also be given to an artist under 18 years of age. All entries will be displayed during Banned Books Week and beyond at the Library and selected artist-designed cards will be printed and distributed to the public, with one given away each day of the week long celebration at the Library.

Find Inspiration

For a partial list of banned books see the following resources:

Project Details

Submissions created in any medium, including digital, are welcome, though art must be in hard copy format on paper for judging.

Original artwork will be returned to the artist at the conclusion of the project unless the piece wins. Winning entries will be auctioned to support the Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library, a 501-C3 non-profit. Artists may submit up to three different works of art.

All submissions must measure 5 inches wide by 7 tall inches (no horizontal artwork accepted) and include a ¼ inch bleed on all sides (meaning important words and images should be ¼ inch inside of the edges of the artwork; see diagrams and template below).

Final printed cards will measure 2.5 wide by 3.5 inches tall; the standard size of a trading card. Each submission must be accompanied by a complete submission form that includes name, age and contact information for the artist; the title of the book and name of the author that inspired the artwork; and a brief 50-word-or-less statement of how the piece reflects the book and/or author.

Nonconforming entries will not be eligible for exhibition or award. By submitting artwork to this exhibition, artists are granting the Chapel Hill Public Library the right to reproduce artwork images for publicity and also to sell the artwork images on trading cards for the benefit of the Library.

To submit your work in the contest, bring the final physical hard copy and the accompanying paperwork to any service desk at the library, or mail entries to Banned Books attn. Susan Maguire, 100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. You will need to fill out this form for each piece you submit.

A Selection Committee comprising local arts and literary professionals, Library staff and Cultural Arts Commission members will review all complete submissions and select seven finalists. Once selected, those artists’ works will be scanned and printed as trading cards. The cards will be handed out daily at the Library during Banned Book Week. Like other trading cards, these are sure to be collected and shared.
The project will be publicized in the local media, through Town communication channels, and through the library itself – via website, social media, mailing lists, and in-house promotion.
August 29, 2016 – deadline for submissions

September 01, 2016 – review and selection of seven finalists, notification sent

September 23, 2016 – Exhibit Opening

September 25, 2016 – First trading card unveiled and made available to the public.

One trading card will be available each day during Banned Books Week (September 25 – October 1) at the Library

The Cultural Arts Division and Chapel Hill Public Library reserve the right to refuse any or all submissions, to refuse any finalist, to waive informalities in proposals or procedures, or to withhold the award of a commission should it be determined that submissions are not adequate, or for any other reason prior to a written contractual arrangement being reached.

Questions For delivery in person, by mail or for additional information please contact:

Susan Maguire

Chapel Hill Public Library 100 Library Drive Chapel Hill, NC 27514

(919) 968-2777

Formatting your entry

In order for your artwork to print correctly as a trading card, the image must leave a quarter-inch (.25″) margin on on each side.

“Bad” bleed

“Good” bleed