Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Banned Books Week! *Sept 25th-Oct.1st

Banned books week is coming up. It is Sept. 25th-Oct. 1st. The purpose of banned books week is the celebration of the freedom to read. Each year a different category is chosen to highlight those books related to that topic. This years focus is on "Diversity". Topics of diversity include the following:

  • Non-White main and/or secondary characters
  • LGBT main and/or secondary characters
  • Disabled main and/or secondary characters
  • Issues about race or racism
  • LGBT issues
  • Issues about religion, which encompass in this situation the Holocaust and terrorism
  • Issues about disability and/or mental illness
  • Non-Western settings, in which the West is North America and Europe

  • One of the things the Dick Smith Library is doing this year to celebrate banned books week is by creating an interactive display. We will have carts of books located on each level that will be wrapped in brown paper, as the example below.

     Students will be able to read a brief description of the book and the reason why it was banned. If they are interested in the book, they will need to check out the book in order to unwrap it to find out the title.

                                               What would you guess is the title to this book?
                                                   Hint: "After all, tomorrow is another day."

    So, while are you are in here studying next week, take a break to check out some of the banned books we have to offer!
    "Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance."  -Laurie Halse Anderson

    Sources: http://www.diversityinya.com/2014/09/book-challenges-suppress-diversity/


    Jodie said...

    Tried to read this book when I was in junior high. Unfortunately my glasses had an accident just after I checked it out and I never finished it.

    Lisa Wan said...

    My guess is

    (tabbing down as to not give it away immediately)

    Gone with the Wind.

    Ginger Cousins said...

    Yes! Gone with the Wind is correct!