Good morning! 😀 Where was I? Coffee Cup… check…. making Snickerdoodles for this afternoon… check…..
Oh Yeah. A Girl Walks into a library…. oh wait, that’s me. And it’s true! I walked into the library yesterday afternoon to return the banned books I had on loan for Banned Books Week. At the beginning of banned books week I had mentioned how disappointed I was that I had been in our library, local bookstore, and a few other books stores in the area in the past week no one had even a peep up around banned books week.
So… I am in the library (every time I say what I want to add with the candle stick or the rope…) AND as I am returning my books I see behind a glass case police tape saying “CRIME SCENE” and a banned book display. In the center of the display was a large book with a padlock punched through it making it impossible to open.
Pause for dramatic effect.
I was thrilled and as I went up to the window to look at their selections I seen books I would love to read. When I asked the librarian she I could borrow whatever books I wanted to in the case and they would replace them with the books I had just returned. (LOVE my library!) So I left with three books out of the display as well as the books I had on reserve when I walked in.
Here is what I have:
Why is Beloved Banned? They cite violence and sex. I read also that is very graphic as it is about a woman who kills her daughter to keep her from becoming a slave.
Why is The Lorax banned? The Laytonville, California School District challenged this book on grounds that it “criminalizes the forestry industry.” The book says that cutting down trees is bad.
Why was Black Boy banned? ‘Black Boy’ is a memoir about growing up in the Jim Crow-era South, a story of survival in a sick society that treated 1/3rd of its population as sub-human chattel. Black Boy was not banned because of Wright’s Communism (excusable considering that-until the 1950s-the US Communists were the only political party committed to racial equality) but rather because it offended many Southerners, and also due to the book’s frank descriptions of sex, violence, and racially-charged language.
“The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” is about a young resident of an Indian reservation who decides to attend a white high school.There is sexual language and foul jokes, along with themes encompassing racism, alcoholism and violence. There are also descriptions of how the protagonist, Junior, tries to realize his dreams while surviving both life on the reservation and at a new school.
This last one just looked interesting and I looked through it a bit last night. It lays out 100 different banned books with author, publisher, date of publishing, what the book si a about and why it was banned. I wish I would have found this book at the beginning of the week.
And yes, today is the last day of banned books week and here I am with another pile of books as well as a couple from my original trip to the library. Maybe they do not all get read this time around…. maybe I will find that some are not for me. I really have enjoyed learning more about the books and why they were banned and what I have read so far this week has been an adventure in reading and one I would gladly hop on board for again.
Today I am helping at a funeral for most of the early afternoon. I plan to be home in time to finish the lawn (seems like I am always mowing these days!) and pick out a new audio at audible.com for my mowing enjoyment. Any audio suggestions? Any fun plans this weekend?