Friday, October 5, 2012

Look Out! It's Banned Books Week!

Picture from our teen photographer,
  Banned Books Week is September 30- October 6
The American Libraries Association tells us:
Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.
Every year libraries across the country put together displays to remind everyone that libraries are a place where people are free to make their own decisions about what they read. This is the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week! You can check out our display in the Central YA room and take a look more closely at some of the books which have ruffled feathers across the country over the years.

Last year, we started QR code project where codes will be put on the back cover of some of the staff's favorite banned books. When you scan these codes with your smart phone, you'll be taken to videos of the staff members talking about why they chose that particular book.

Check out a few of the youth services videos here:

The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Outiders by S.E. Hinton

Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
You can check out the rest of the staff's selections for their favorite banned books here!

The last thing we're doing in celebration of Banned Books week is participating in YALSA's  Fifty State Salute to Banned Books! They asked us to submit videos of people reading passages from banned books. Our High School TAB students helped us out and did the reading. Now they'll be added to a playlist of people all across the country reading out passages of books that refuse to be silenced!

Here is our contribution, which was one of two videos selected to represent the state of Virginia!

Last year, we also participated in a similar YALSA program and several more of our teens read portions of banned books. You can check those out below as well. 
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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