Banned Books Pop-Up Display Guide

The Zinn Education Project collaborated on an installation and panel on banned books at SXSW in Austin. It was so popular, that we are now offering a guide for anyone to create a Teach Banned Books pop-up display of their own that can be used at: 

  • rallies
  • libraries
  • bookstores
  • schools
  • farmers markets
  • or any other venue. 

The interactive display provides an engaging introduction to the dangers of banned books and efforts to defend the freedom to learn.

The large-scale installation was first displayed at SXSW in 2023, hosted by the Zinn Education Project and the African American Policy Forum, designed by Karyn Holyk, and sponsored by Lush Cosmetics. It traveled to the PEN World Voices Festival in New York City, the NEA Conference on Racial and Social Justice, and the Four Freedoms Park at Roosevelt Island.

The Zinn Education Project (coordinated by Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change) made these materials available as part of our #TeachTruth campaign for use throughout the year. Lush Cosmetics prepared the artistic components with Open Source access.

The guide includes downloadable graphics and instructions. Use all or any selection of the components. Let us know if you create an installation. Share on social media with #TeachTruth or send us a photo.

To access the downloadable graphics and instructions, fill out the very short form linked to the button below. You will be asked for your contact information so that we can follow-up when there are updates and/or additions to the materials. We also ask that you commit to letting us know about your display when and if you have time to use the materials. The guide will be sent to you immediately.

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