We Love Banned Books Week

Join your community at the Lewes Public Library during Banned Books Week 2023 as we celebrate the freedom to seek and express ideas, reflect on attempts to censor books in libraries and schools, and resolve to fight together against censorship. LET FREEDOM READ!!


  • Monday, Oct. 2nd, 6:00pm Mural Unveiling with John Donato – Be among the first to see a one-of-a-kind masterpiece created by renowned local artist John Donato and Lewes Library patrons celebrating reading and the Lewes community.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 4th, 5:00pm Book Banning: Past & Present – Noted free speech scholar Ronald Collins and author Robert Corn-Revere will join in spirited and informed conversation about book banning and censorship. In-person and online.
  • Friday, Oct. 6th, 5:00pm Banned Books/Silenced Voices – Members of Del Shakes Artistic Squad will bring the strength and beauty of banned texts to life through dramatic readings in this riveting original performance. Stay afterwards for a discussion moderated by Dr. Adenike Davidson about the readings and the issue of banning books. In-person and online.


Show your love for Banned Books by voting for your favorite titles! Come back every day to select your favorite Banned Books from each of the four categories: Adult, Classics, Teens, and Children. Voting is also available in-person at the library.

Vote Now!

And be sure to stay tuned for the big reveal of Lewes Public Library’s favorite Banned Book of 2023 on Saturday, October 7!

Want to find out why these books were banned or challenged? Learn more and find them in our catalog. 

Banned Books Week 2023 is partially funded by the generous support of the ACLU of Delaware, Browseabout Books, and Groome Church.