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.
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!