In Conversation about Banned Books

Why are books banned? Why should we care? What role do libraries, schools, and bookstores play in the conversation about banned books? Join our booksellers and UML Professors Dr. Natalie M. Houston and Jonathan Silverman, PhD, and Lowell Public School educators Melissa Newell and Jill Stec to answer these questions and more for this years Banned Book Week.


lala books, 189 Market St
Lowell, MA 01852-1810

Mass Center for the Book 2023 Reading Challenge

How It Works

  1. Sign up at
  2. Choose a book that fits the monthly challenge
  3. After you read, fill out a short form to tell Mass Center for the Book all about it
  4. That's it!
    • If you read at least one book, you will be invited to a year-end celebration hosted by Mass Center for the Book
    • If you read a book in each of the 12 months, you will be entered in a drawing to win 1 of 2 totes filled with books and Massachusetts goodies

Check out our list for book ideas

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