September 23-29 is Banned Books Week! Banned Book Week is:
“an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”
This year, on top of having a book display, I wanted to create a window display to inform our patrons a little bit about why books are banned. To do this I decided to highlight a few specific books in a sort of “Wanted” theme.
I wanted my display to look like those old fashion, western, “Wanted” boards with “postings” of banned books.
For each banned poster, I included the title, author and a short sentence telling why the book was banned. I think I picked a good mix of classic banned books and newer titles to show that books are still being banned today.
Here’s two examples:
Then to make sure no one thought we were actually banning these books, I posted little starbursts with a short explanation about banned book week.
This was a really easy display to put together and one that I think will be informative too. It always seems to shock patrons when they find out why these children’s books were banned.
That’s all for now!