Banned Books Week 2013!

It’s here! I love Banned Books Week! Sadly, I will not be at my library to celebrate fully because I’ll be on vacation. But that doesn’t mean it still won’t be awesome at my library. I spent the last week setting up a ‘caught reading banned books‘ mugshot station at my library and then coercing, I mean asking people, to have their picture taken. I think for the most part everyone didn’t mind my imposing my will upon them, so that’s always a plus. Here’s a preview – it will be up on our website in slideshow format with our director writing a little introduction this week – of our some of our staff getting ‘caught’ reading banned books

In YA world, my banned book display is purposefully designed to be inflammatory (!) and timed perfectly so that it’s up while I’m on vacation. Can you say brilliant?! I can. I stole this idea from various our librarians on the web who have done a variation of this idea for banned books week and also a “Blind Date with a Book” program.

I made the big 'CAUTION' sign last year and liked it so much I'm using it again!
I made the big ‘CAUTION’ sign last year and liked it so much I’m using it again!

The text on the covers of the books are the reasons why people have challenged or attempted to ban the titles. Some of my favorites are for “anatomical references,” in Julius Lester’s When Dad Killed Mom, and references to “porn and lesbianism” from Georgia Nicholson’s Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging.

There are a few more pictures here. I hope you enjoy your banned books week. Read something scandalous. I’m off to Chicago on vacation for a little bit so I’ll see you when I return!

2 thoughts on “Banned Books Week 2013!

  1. The display looks great! It’s too bad that US law isn’t as protective of speech in books as it should be (the major case is more than 30 years old and only a plurality decision, and at least one circuit court has chosen not to follow it). So, reminding people about the dangers of banning books through displays like yours and other activities is very important!

    Enjoy your vacation!

  2. In what world did harry potter get banned? That’s amazing to me. It all kinda reminds me of the nazi book burning memorial in the Bebelplatz in Berlin. It’s a giant room of full of empty book shelves, pretty spooky actually. Suppression of any knowledge is a dangerous thing. There is also plaque in that same square. “Furthermore, a line of Heinrich Heine from his play, Almansor (1821), is engraved on a plaque inset in the square: “Das war ein Vorspiel nur, dort wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen.” (in English: “Where they burn books, they will in the end also burn people”).” from wikipedia. Considering he wrote that over a hundred years before the book burnings, oddly prophetic, though I don’t think he actually meant it so literally. More a statement about destroying knowledge hurting us all.

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