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Banned Books Week

Here’s this year’s Teen Banned Books display. I used the same board from last year but updated the display books with quotes on the covers to show why they were banned or challenged. Also, I took some old books from the book sale room (ones that were headed for the dumpster anyways) and re-purposed them for the teen area. I will probably use them every year now, because the effect was pretty cool! (Also – the books spell out BANNED BOOK WEEK instead of BANNED BOOKS WEEK. – BOOKS was an odd number so I skipped the S. I think it’s still OK.)

And let me just say that the reasons for these bans or challenges are very silly, obviously. Especially the one for Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. The quote says it “glorifies premarital sex.” Um…..obviously someone didn’t read the book because it pretty much does THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE!  Grr.

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New Favorite ALA Read Poster

http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=3582

I REALLY want this for this children’s room (or my office!)

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Happy Banned Books Week!

One of my favorite weeks of the year is Banned Books Week. During this time, I wear my banned books t-shirt, button and bracelet. We create displays in the library to highlight the books that have been banned or challenged within the past 100 years or so. It makes for great discussions/debates/arguments with patrons. Although I have been pleasantly surprised with the feedback in the Children’s Room. Many patrons are surprised and even almost-outraged that certain books have been have made ALA’s list (ALA=American Library Association.)


We have 3 different displays in the library: Children’s, Teens & Adults.

The Children’s display was created by my talented library page, Ali.

Books included in the display: And Tango Makes Three, In the Night Kitchen, The Giver, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, The Giving Tree, Heather Has Two Mommies, Where the Wild Things Are, King and King, The Lorax, Huckleberry Finn, Captain Underpants and lots more.

For the Teen display, I added a chain and lock to give my rush-job poster a little style.

The list for teen or young adult banned & challenged books is pretty long. Some books I included this year were: The Hunger Games, Speak, TTYL, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Harry Potter, Sex Education, The Geography Club, Rainbow Boys, Annie on My Mind, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, A Wrinkle in Time, Jacob Have I loved, The Chocolate War, Jumping Off Swings, Crank and others.

   

What are your favorite banned books? Click on the ALA list link above to see how many you’ve read!

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