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Banned Book Story Time

Banned Book Story Time

Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2023 Time: 10:30 am
Ages: Ages 5-11 Cost: Free
Location: Charlotte Museum of History

A rising number of bans and challenges have been coming at books that deal with racism and African American history in the wake of 2020. Today we'll read That Flag, a picture book by local Charlotte author Tameka Fryer Brown, illustrated by Nikkolas Smith, which openly discusses the history and meaning of the Confederate flag between an African American girl and her white friend whose family has the flag on their front porch. Join us while we share the book in a read-aloud for ages 5-11 and then participate in discussion and stay to make a Black Lives Matter poster. 

The craft activity will be available to all program participants while supplies last. 

About Banned Book Story Time 

Censorship of information in public libraries and schools has become a hot topic for debate in recent months. While we haven’t yet had to implement these ‘book bans,’ here in Charlotte, we are certainly witnessing a significant moment in our country’s history as lengthy lists of accredited authors and titles are prohibited from public and educational spaces. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Charlotte Museum of History have partnered to bring these beloved and incredibly important stories to readers of all levels in the Charlotte community: introducing Banned Book Story Time!

Join us as for one “banned” title a month and share in the magic of storytelling. Learn about key moments in our history, expose your young readers to new perspectives, encourage creativity and imagination, and excite their love of reading!

Each program will differ in theme so there is always something new and exciting to look forward to. All programs will include an interactive ‘banned book’ story time session with a Charlotte Mecklenburg Library representative, and a supplementary activity to reinforce that month’s theme. Let’s put an end to censorship by celebrating the many stories, people, cultures, and perspectives that make up our diverse Charlotte community (and beyond!).

For more information on Banned Book Story Time, please contact Mea Agazio, Education & Engagement Manager, at To learn more about Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, please visit

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