(2008 Banned Books Week Window at Twin Hickory Public Library, Glen Allen, VA)
Nothing gets a librarian madder than someone trying to dictate what others should or shouldn't read. It's really infuriating when someone asserts that a book disturbed them, or their kid, so NO ONE should read it! Ridiculous, right? Something that disturbs one person might be healing, or eye-opening, life changing, or even run-of-the-mill to another person. You just never know. That's why we have book discussion groups, because it's always interesting to see how similarly or differently people react to the same book.
We know that it's kind of crazy behavior to try to ban a book from a school, or a library, or the world (burning it), but people STILL TRY TO DO IT ALL THE TIME. Thankfully, your librarian superhero friends will always fight for your intellectual freedom (with style, aplomb, and humor I might add - just look at that awesome photo above). We even invented a whole week to celebrate the books that some people think are dangerous and don't want you to read. Harry Potter
anyone? The Giver
?!?! The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
!?!? (can you tell I'm fuming a little?). Anyway, it's called Banned Books Week
and it's awesome. Celebrate with us. You've got a few days left to enter our contest. What are you waiting for?