CELEBRATING THE FREEDOM TO READ! SEPTEMBER 27 – OCTOBER 3, 2015
Each year, the American Library Association dedicates a week in September to the protection of Free Speech and the right to read any book you choose. As they have so beautifully articulated, Banned Book Week:
“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.”
In recognition of Banned Book Week, we created this display of destroyed pages from Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. The display also includes numerous Freedom of Speech quotes and images from 23 of the most frequently challenged books — the covers of which are reproduced in black and white behind the red BANNED BOOK WEEK and yellow FORBIDDEN letters.
Want to learn more about how you can celebrate Banned Book Week? Check out ALA’s Banned and Challenged Books website!
Update: Here’s the version of this display that we created at the Middle School LLC. Same idea but on a slightly smaller scale due to space constraints.
For Librarians: further information about the display — including downloadable PDFs of the quotes and book covers — is available below.
The pages of this version of Atwood’s novel measure 5″ x 8″ and were either redacted with black marker or burned on the corners and then attached to black paper in a grid pattern spaced 1″ apart.
Please click below to download the PDFs of the BANNED BOOK WEEK and FORBIDDEN signs, as well as the quotes. A brief movie also shows the display close up.