Banned Books Week scavenger hunt to give out prizes


In celebration of Banned Books Week, the DC Public Library Foundation will hold its second annual scavenger hunt throughout September, hiding more than 600 controversial books in over 50 locations across the District, including library branches, public spaces and community businesses.

With the theme of “Texts Against Tyranny,” this year’s  event will run from Sept. 5 through 30 and will feature six titles: “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Fahrenheit 451,” “Parable of the Sower,” “The Giver,” “We” and “Who Fears Death.” Each book is wrapped in a cover with a quote written on it and when all six titles are put together, the spines create an image.

Anyone who finds a hidden book and shares it on social media (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) using #uncensoreddc will be entered for a chance to win prizes from partner businesses. In addition, anyone who finds one of 15 “golden ticket” books and shares it on social media using the hashtag will automatically win a pair of tickets to Uncensored Underground, the library foundation’s annual fundraising event on Sept. 30 at Dupont Underground, 19 Dupont Circle NW.

Clues for finding the hidden books will be featured on WAMU Morning Edition, library social media accounts and the library’s website, as well as through partner organizations. There will also be a separate scavenger hunt for teens inside library branches.