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The Books Change Lives Jar

Here is a list of the contents of this year’s Books Change Lives jar from the Banned Books Week display, in the order in which I unfolded the pieces of paper. Duplicates are not an accident; they mean more than … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week infographic

Sometimes why books are banned or challenged is just as interesting as which books are banned or challenged. Check out this infographic of the “24 Most Controversial Books of All Time,” compiled from data from the ALA Office of Intellectual … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week 2016: International issues

Read Banned Books Week posts from previous years As we celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week, we should recognize that censorship is an ongoing international issue. Whether it’s outright censorship, “soft” censorship, or the “chilling effects” as … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week 2016: Spotlight on Diversity

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read This year, the focus of Banned Books Week is on diversity. From BannedBooksWeek.org: “It is estimated that over half of all banned books are by authors of color, … Continue reading

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Books change lives, books save lives

“Reading is not something extra. It’s something essential.” –Jennifer LaGarde, a school librarian in North Carolina This year, the trend among the Banned Books Week articles and blog posts seems to be to point out that few books are actually … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week 2015: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

“Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read….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 … Continue reading

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These books changed our lives

All month on the Banned Books Week display table, there was a jar. A label on the jar read “Books change lives.” Next to the jar were slips of paper and pencils. The jar was empty on September 1, but … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week display now featuring teen art

Arlington High School students have created some beautiful banned book art to add to the display here at the library. This photo doesn’t do them justice – you have to come see for yourself! So far there is one piece … Continue reading

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Banned Book Trading Cards

Book covers are both art and an act of communication: they tell you something about the book, and the best covers tell you quite a lot about the book. (In other words, if the cover design is good, you can … Continue reading

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The right to stay on the shelf

For the last year, I’ve been collecting articles about book banning attempts around the country and the world. It’s less common to hear about book banning in Massachusetts (though that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen here), but it’s definitely happening … Continue reading

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