Banned Books

Banned Books

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.

You can collect a free set by visiting the library during Banned Books Week, September 24-30.

 

Support the project by purchasing collector’s sets from previous years through our Friend’s of CHPL website.

Get past sets here
 

by Lizzie Kuhlman


By Susan Triplehorn

“Every burned book enlightens the world.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

By Jordan Van Hoy

By Serena Fenton

If every individual with an agenda had his/her way, the shelves in the school library would be close to empty.Judy Blume

By Brian Mawby

By Neera Skurky

Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice.Henry Louis Gates Jr.

By Heather Jolley Smith

Youth Winner

2016 Winners

  • 2015 Banned Books Trading Cards at Chapel Hill Public Library
  • 2015 Banned Books Trading Cards Chapel Hill Public Library

2015 Winners

  • 2015 Banned Books Trading Cards at Chapel Hill Public Library
  • 2015 Banned Books Trading Cards at Chapel Hill Public Library
  • 2015 Banned Books Trading Cards at Chapel Hill Public Library
  • 2015 Banned Books Trading Cards at Chapel Hill Public Library
  • 2015 Banned Books Trading Cards Chapel Hill Public Library
  • 2015 Banned Books Trading Cards Chapel Hill Public Library
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  • 2015 Banned Books Trading Cards Chapel Hill Public Library
  • 2015 Banned Books Trading Cards Chapel Hill Public Library
  • 2015 Banned Books Trading Cards Chapel Hill Public Library
  • 2015 Banned Books Trading Cards Chapel Hill Public Library
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2014 Winners

  • Chapel Hill Public Library Banned Books Trading Cards
  • The Scarlet Letter Banned Book Trading Cards Project
  • I know why the caged bird sings banned book
  • Chapel Hill Public Library Banned Books Project -Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman
  • where the wild things are banned book trading card Chapel Hill Public Library
  • Banned Books local art Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Chapel Hill Public Library Banned Books Trading Cards 2014

2013 Winners

  • 1984 Chapel Hill Public Library Banned Books Projecct
  • BBW Banned Books Week Art project
  • Clay Carmichael Banned Books Kids
  • BBW Banned Books Week Art project
  • BBW Banned Books Week Art project
  • BBW Banned Books Week Art project
  • BBW Banned Books Week Art project

Want to celebrate the freedom to read, support local art, and make sure the project continues? You can buy past years sets from our Friends.