Every year in September I get excited for Banned Books Week! Now I know that a banned book display is nothing new, but I will always put one up. Why? Because it’s the best conversation starter! It never fails to pique patrons’ curiosity, especially if they see a favorite book on the display! Parents and kiddos alike will ask what it’s all about.
During these interactions, I also try to touch on the importance of intellectual freedom, and how it is still relevant today. For example, the popular middle-grade graphic novel Drama by Raina Telgemeier, which has won multiple awards, has landed on the challenged book list multiple times. This is a book and author I’m asked for frequently at my library. Our young patrons love it. Imagine if it was taken away.