Every year the ACLU marks Banned Books Week, an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read and calls attention to the wealth of creative expression that is stifled when books can be forbidden from library shelves. The ACLU has always vigilantly defended the First Amendment and the right to free speech. The organization believes in an educated citizenry and a society where ideas are openly disseminated, discussed, and debated. And throughout its history, it has worked to protect the right to access information and the right to make up your own mind.
Join us on Saturday, Sept 24, 10am-1pm for Family Day: Banned Books Week Edition. While at the gallery, explore our current exhibition All that Glows in the Dark of Democracy, learn about the ACLU of Illinois, make your own banned book and swag, and participate in the Banned Books Swap by bringing a banned book and swapping it for a new one.
Family Days are free of charge and feature hands-on art-making activities for all ages with all materials provided, as well as light refreshments and snacks. All attendees (2+) must wear a mask unless actively eating or drinking.
Participate in the Take Action Book Drive by donating a book to Chicago HOPES for Kids.
How to give
Select a book(s) from the Chicago HOPES for Kids Wishlist on Bookshop.org and enter the mailing address for Chicago HOPES for Kids (688 N. Milwaukee Ave. #301, Chicago, IL 60642) when placing your online order. You can select your favorite independent bookstore to support with your online purchase at Bookshop.org by clicking on Choose a Bookstore in the top right corner of the website's homepage.
If you’d prefer to drop off books in person, you can bring them to Weinberg/Newton Gallery (688 N. Milwaukee Ave. #101) during the following time slots:
Thursday, September 29, 9am-5pm
Friday, September 30, 1pm-5pm
Saturday, October 1, 12pm-4pm
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About Chicago HOPES for Kids
Chicago HOPES for Kids provides comprehensive support to Chicago students and families experiencing homelessness. Chicago HOPES for Kids are committed to their children’s educational development and long-term empowerment through academic support, dedicated mentorship and basic needs services.
Learn more at https://www.chicagohopesforkids.org/