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|Banned Books Week 2014|
Banned Books Week 2014
Banned Books Week 2014 took place September 21–27.
Nashua (N.H.) High School North integrated a summer reading program, community bookshelf, literacy fundraising night, literature symposium, library registration night, and English 1 reading strategy lessons using To Kill a Mockingbird and Call of the Wild in their project. Additionally, Spanish Honor Society students organized an Hispanic authors’ literature symposium featuring challenged books by Hispanic authors.
Charleston (S.C.) Friends of the Library took as its focus the recent challenge by the state legislature to Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel Fun Home at the College of Charleston. The Friends group collaborated with several community organizations to bring Banned Books Week to life at local schools, and presented a public event featuring censored music and a selection from the stage version of Fun Home.
DePaul University Library and DePaul University Center for Writing-based Learning in Chicago also focused on local challenges during a community panel discussion. Additional events were “Pop-up shops” (combining book check-out, a slide show, and a Read-Out) in the student centers and a program on a student-run radio program.
Columbus (Ohio) State Community College will involve students, faculty, and staff in creating an online exhibit celebrating the freedom to read. The goal was for participants to “curate their own learning experience;” the project involved a story recording booth, photo booth, mock trial, and significant social media content.
The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association at the Athanaeum will worked with the Kate Waller Branch of the Alexandria Public Library to put together a Read-Out, participatory “Library Survivor” game, used (banned) book giveaway, and “Burning & Burying”—a lecture about books “so thoroughly suppressed that they have completely disappeared.”
LGBT Center of Raleigh Library celebrated Banned Books Week for the first year thanks to this grant. Various book clubs associated with the library held discussions of LGBT-themed banned and challenged books; there was an open mic night Read-Out featuring passages from Two Boys Kissing and The Perks of Being a Wallflower; and a display of banned and challenged books at the North Carolina Pride Festival, which this year fell during Banned Books Week.
Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the ACLU of Pennsylvania hosted two events: the 19th Annual “FREADom: A Celebration of the Freedom to Read” and the 4th edition of “Banned After Dark.” This is the third Krug Fund grant to support the Pittsburgh ACLU’s popular Banned Books Week festivities, which have proven to be eclectic, fun, and powerful evocations of the dangers of censorship.