Indianapolis Celebrates Freedom to Read with Banned Books Week “Prisoner” and Week of Programming

banned-buttonJoin us as we transform the Vonnegut Library into a cozy salon where community members can gather to ask big questions about art, citizenship and humanity. This year, Banned Books Week is September 26-September 30, and we are thrilled to welcome National Book Award winner, Young People’s Poet Laureate, and often-banned author Jacqueline Woodson to Indiana in partnership with DePauw University.

DSCN0498Programs also include a “Secretary of the Future” panel discussion led by NPR’s David Brancaccio and featuring Nanny Vonnegut and Drew Klacik. We’re also teaming up with local and national partners like the ACLU, Gen Con and the IU McKinney School of Law to host conversations and activities that will reach a diverse audience and encourage dialogue.

Artist & author Josh Johnson will spend the week in our storefront museum window, trapped behind a “prison” wall constructed of banned books. During his time in the Vonnegut Library, Josh will write and illustrate a children’s book from start to finish.

There will be something new to see and something more to learn every day at the Vonnegut Library during Banned Books Week. You don’t want to miss this week! Feel free to check out the list of banned or challenged books.

Keep an eye on this page and Facebook and Twitter for a full schedule of events.

Become a defender of intellectual freedom

The Vonnegut Library seeks support for its Banned Books Week activities this year. We are looking for donations and volunteers. To learn more about our Banned Books Week activities and donate to the cause, email us.  Please e-mail us at if you can help with events.