Banned Books

Banned Books

Banned Books Week is an annual, national celebration of your freedom to read. Chapel Hill Public Library, in partnership with Community Arts & Culture, 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 23-29. Previous sets are available for sale in the Friends Book Store on the library’s lower level. And keep your eyes peeled for this year’s winners on a Chapel Hill Transit bus!

 

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

Get past sets here
 

Check out these 2018 winning entries

by Lizzie Kuhlman

By Heather Jolley Smith

By Brian Mawby

By Jordan Van Hoy

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

By Sylvia Leaver

By Liessa Bowen

By Brynn Smith

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

2017 Winners

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