Each day during Banned Books Week we will profile one of the seven recipients of FTRF's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund 2013 Banned Books Week grants. Day 7 features Lockport Public Library, a branch of the Lafourche Parish Public Library System in Louisiana.
The final organization to be profiled in our spotlight series for Banned Books Week, the Lockport Public Library is one of two Louisiana institutions to receive Krug Fund grants this year (Livingston Parish Library was the other).
Lockport's events in clude "pirate radio" broadcasts once a week in September; several art workshops where patrons created paintings, sculptures, posters, and other mixed media art to express their views on censorship and their favorite banned books; a mock trial on Thursday with caged books waiting to be defended or prosecuted; and a freedom to read book walk on Wednesday which featured people with paper chains walking for banned books. There were also various banned book movie adaptation showings.
Check out the Lafourche Library System's Banned Books Club blog for details of their 2013 events and learn about their monthly discussion group at the system's Thibodaux branch. This month's selection was Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed.
The School of Law and Social Justice is one of four small schools in the South Atlanta High School complex in Atlanta, Ga. Their grant went to support "Danger! Black Men Reading," a series of events highlighting banned and challenged books by African American male authors, including Ralph Ellison (of Invisible Manfame), Malcolm X, and James Baldwin.
Their events included a Banned Books Week/Library Card Sign-Up Month combined event, an essay contest, Banned Books Week awards luncheon, and a virtual Read-Out.
South Atlanta has posted a number of photos on their Facebook page and created this preview video to kick the week off!
Each day during Banned Books Week we will profile one of the seven recipients of FTRF's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund 2013 Banned Books Week grants. Day 5 features Livingston Parish Library in Louisiana.
A Southern Style Cafe. Banned picture shows. Southern Literature lecture. Skits and trivia. There's a plethora of events with a singular focus on the South taking place this week at Livingston Parish Library just east of Baton Rouge, La.
The Southern Style Cafe was Monday and is being repeated this evening. Residents are encouraged to come read from their favorite Southern banned/challenged books and listen to country music.
Tuesday and Saturday are the dates of the Banned Picture Show, featuring films based on banned and challenged books.
Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi's award-winning graphic novel that was removed from Chicago Public School classes earlier this year - is the theme for "The Emotive Powers of Literature: Celebrating Banned Books Through Dance," an event presented by Judith's Reading Room at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, MA PA The event, created in collaboration with Muhlenberg's Six Meters improvisational dance ensemble, will focus on Persepolis and 40 other books that have been banned and challenged.
There will be two performances on Thursday, at 12:30 and 7:00 p.m. The performances are open to the public.
This is the second Krug Fund grant for Judith's Reading Room, which garnered national press for its Banned Books Flash Mob in conjunction with Lafayette College last year.
Named in honor of Judith Krug, Judith's Reading Room promotes "Freedom through Literature" by providing fully stocked, custom-designed permanent libraries and mobile
book carts to organizations that serve people who have limited or no
mobility and communities that have limited or no access to books.
Recipients of libraries include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, children’s homes, adult community centers, and international schools with limited resources.
Today is the third annual Banned Websites Awareness Day, sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). As more resources appear online, it is incumbent that we remain vigilant about the harms of internet censorship, including for students. Too many students are finding that overzealous administrators are keeping them from the very tools that will allow them to be truly literate in a digital world.
To learn more about the topic of filtering in schools, check out these resources: