Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, Sept. 24 – 30, 2017

Courtesy American Library Association

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available.

This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read. Banned Books Week highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Skeptic/Secular/Science Event Planning Calendar

Plan your skeptic/secular/science-related events around these calendar dates. All events occur annually on or about the same date each year:



February 12, 2018

International Darwin Day




March 14, 2018                                    Pi Day Countdown

Pi Day        



March 11-17, 2018                                              

Sunshine Week




March 16, 2018                                                        

National Freedom of Information Day



April TBA, 2018  

March for Science




Sunday, April 22, 2018          

Earth Day



May 3, 2018            

National Day of Reason (first Thursday in May)





June 21, 2018                                                       

World Humanist Day



September 24-30, 2017                                     

(2018 Dates Last Week in September)

Banned Books Week

November 10, 2017/November 10, 2018

World Science Day for Peace and Development