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
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.
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.