Display: Banned Books Display

A few years back, I did a Banned Books display at my library. I covered YA books with brown butcher block and put yellow caution tape down their fronts. I labeled the books “Challenged,” “Restricted,” “Banned,” or “Unresolved” depending on their current status in the town in which they were challenged. On the back of each book, I had a blurb about where the books had been questioned and why they were questioned.

(As you can see, I’ve gotten way more creative with the backdrop ideas in my displays. But I’m still super proud of this idea!)

Teens could either browse through the book or check out a mystery book. The brown covers were removed (carefully!) at the circ desk and I’ve saved them for if/when I repeat this display.

The sad news is that I have many more books to add to this list. Books are not necessarily being banned (hence my clarification on the yellow caution tape — it’s hard to ban a book by textbook definition), but censorship is alive and well in this country. Teens need advocates to stand up and to stock/purchase books who do not back down from a potential challenge. Teens need administrations that support their school librarians and public librarians collection choices and who do not remove a book because of one parent’s or community member’s personal preferences.

I hope that you have time to do more investigating into the history of Banned Books Week and that your weeks are challenge free.

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