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Banned Books Week Project 2014

Artists! Fight Censorship!BBW 2014

Be a part of our Banned Books Week Trading Cards Project. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 18TH!

What’s going on?

Chapel Hill Public Library and the Office of Public & Cultural Arts invite artists of all ages to submit artwork that celebrates the freedom to read.   We’ll exhibit all of the entries during Banned Books Week (Sept. 21-27) and select seven submissions to be printed as collectible art trading cards. One card will be given out each day during the week at the library. To celebrate the 2nd year of the project, cash prizes and a special youth award will be presented. Select entries will be featured at Festifall, North Carolina's premiere arts festival.

How I do enter?

It’s easy! Create a 5"x7" work on paper that is in some way inspired by a banned book or author.  Pair it with a brief artist’s statement and some other info and drop it off at the library by August 18th at 8:00 pm. The call for entries with submission information and deadlines is available on the Town website:

What is Banned Books Week?

Banned Books Week is an annual national event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Observed every fall, the event draws attention to the dangers of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted banning of books throughout the United States.

Our director, Susan Brown, created a great project at her previous library, Lawrence Public Library, and accepted an ALA award for Lawrence Public Library’s “Banned Books Trading Cards Project” completed in fall 2012.  This is our second year adapting her project here at Chapel Hill Public Library! 

The project has begun by putting out a call to local artists in Orange, Durham, Chatham, Alamance, and Wake Counties to design original small-scale art. 

For information about Banned Books Week:

For information on Lawrence Public Library’s Banned Books Trading Card Project:

Delivery and Questions

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

Shannon Bailey, 
Reference Librarian
Chapel Hill Public Library
100 Library Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 969-2026

Click here to see submissions from last year.

Click here to buy last year's set.

Last updated: 7 June 2014