Tag Archives: Banned Books Week

Mug Shots and Wooden Nickels

1935_Indian_Head_Buffalo_NickelNorwich Library is using a prison theme to draw attention to the ideas behind Banned Books Week September 21 – 27, 2014. Proud library users can have a mug shot taken that includes their favorite banned book.
Norwich is also putting up two jars for voting with wooden nickels. Library staff are asking patrons if they’d go to jail rather than see books pulled off the shelves.

“We’ll display a list of 20 most banned books and 2 clear jars. One jar is marked “I’d go to jail to protect these books”, the other “I’d rather not!”. People will be able to put a wooden nickel in whatever jar they want. Should be interesting!”

Sounds like fun– and two tactile ways to engage users.

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Banned Books Week– are you ready?

1173857_651851328963_1940021573_nPierson Library in Shelburne found a cool way to combine crime tape and book jackets, their plan to celebrate September 22 -28, 2013.

Use the search box and Banned Books Week to find posts from earlier Vermont ideas. Resources, news and ideas from all the Banned Books partners at Banned Books Week.

Post a video for BBW


Jessamyn West, library technologist and blogger, put together a great video for the 50 State Readout. Take a look– consider posting for Banned Books Week (September 30 – October 6, 2012).

Banned Books Week

Take a tip from Vermont librarians last year, and try an easy exhibit to celebrate Banned Books Week, September 25−October 2, 2010. For more information, see the official ALA link. Here’s a short list of some ideas.

Springfield Town Library, pictured above, went for brown paper bag covers and a challenge,”Don’t READ these books.”

The St Johnsbury Academy put together a display of banned/challenged books blocked with Police Do Not Cross tape. Several students and faculty checked out books from the display.

At the Waterbury Public Library, the display of books included red buttons with the message “I read banned books.” Any patron checking out a banned book was given a button to wear.

Marilee Attley at Brattleboro Union High School created a Caution banner with “Ideas inside” “May be eye-opening” to highlight Banned Books and about 10 titles with the reasons they were challenged.

The Rockingham Free Public Library created a circus poster frame for a live action display showing local people reading banned books.