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Banned Books Week 2017

Banned Book Week 2017

2017 Banned Books Week Design by Ashley Badour

Ashley with her poster

While creating a poster for Banned Books Week I was able to gain a more thorough understanding of what Banned Books Week is and why it is important. Through research, I learned the difference between a challenged book and a banned book, reasons why certain books were challenged or banned, and the importance of having access to materials that express a wide range of ideas. Overall, it made me really appreciate that libraries give us the freedom to read and access to so many materials.

Graphically, I pushed myself to explore a more informational or infographic approach. I wanted to include information and text that would explain Banned Books Week to the viewer, and still be visually appealing. I aimed to choose a range of books that people my age would be familiar with, whether it was something they read recently, or in elementary school through high school. I incorporated symbols to represent each book rather than use the book cover because it gave the poster a unified look and visual interest.

Ashley Badour ~ KCAD Graphic Design Major

What is a Banned or Challenged Book?

Provided from the American Library Association

What is the difference between a challenge or banning?

A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group.  A banning is the removal of those materials.  Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others.  Due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection. Learn more HERE.

The Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. 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.

Read the American Library Association Freedom to Read Statement HERE.

 

Have You Read Any of These Classics?

Below is a list of banned titles derived from a Library of Congress exhibit celebrating "Books That Shaped America."

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain, 1884
The Autobiography of Malcolm X - Malcolm X and Alex Haley, 1965 (Grove Press) 
Beloved  - Toni Morrison, 1987
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee - Dee Brown, 1970
The Call of the Wild - Jack London, 1903
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller, 1961
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger, 1951

Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury, 1953
For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway, 1940
Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell, 1936
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck, 1939
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925
Howl - Allen Ginsberg, 1956
In Cold Blood - Truman Capote, 1966
Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison, 1952
The Jungle - Upton Sinclair, 1906
Leaves of Grass - Walt Whitman, 1855
Moby-Dick; or The Whale - Herman Melville,1851
Native Son - Richard Wright, 1940
Our Bodies, Ourselves - Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, 1971
The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane, 1895
The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850
Sexual Behavior in the Human Male - Alfred C. Kinsey, 1948
Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein, 1961

A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams, 1947
Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston, 1937
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee, 1960
Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1852
Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak, 1963
The Words of Cesar Chavez - Cesar Chavez, 2002

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