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Stand Up for Your Right to Read!

Do you use the classic display to highlight Banned Books Week?




The nice thing about Banned Books Week (September 25 – October 1, this year) is that it provides an opportunity for an eye-catching display on a topic of importance that can lead to meaningful conversations with patrons.

This year the theme is of particular interest to youth librarians. It’s “Diversity” – certainly on our minds and in our conversations and posts. The Freedom to Read Foundation reports that nine of the ten most challenged titles in 2015 were by diverse authors. It won’t surprise you, I suspect, to learn that I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel (see below!) and Jazz Jennings is on the list.


So perhaps you’ll put together a book display featuring books that have been challenged over the years, and look forward to questions from patrons like, “That was challenged? But I love that book! Why was it challenged?”

Maybe you want to try something new.  How about:

Just be sure you stand up and do something!

Laura Jenkins is Co-Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee.

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