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Banned Book Trading Cards V: The Quest for Diversity

Diversity is the theme for this year’s Banned Books Week. How do we define diversity? Check out ALA’s post on the many definitions, and the boons and problems with each one. A majority of banned and challenged books are by or about people who have been marginalized because of their skin color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, or ability.

We are asking Lawrence artists of all skill levels and ages to create works of art based on their favorite banned or challenged book. Of course, we want you to pick a book that speaks to you artistically, but we’d like submissions to focus on books that have been challenged because they offer insight into the lives of marginalized characters or populations. Check out ALA’s Banned Books Week page for inspiration and a list of frequently banned or challenged books. We Need Diverse Books is also an excellent resource!

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see past year’s selections.

The nuts and bolts of submission:

  • Create a 5”x7” original artwork based on a book that has been banned or challenged. If the piece is a copy of your original artwork, it will be scaled to 5”x7’ for uniformity.

  • Include its title, author, and a few sentences about how the piece represents the book.

  • Include your name, address, phone, and email.

  • Submissions may be in either landscape or portrait orientation.

  • For digital submissions: Save file in PNG or JPG format at 300 dpi minimum.

Submission deadline is Sep 1.

Banned Book Trading Card Unveiling is Friday, September 23rd at 5pm in the Library Auditorium.

Find out what pieces were selected to become Banned Book Trading Cards!

During Banned Books Week, we’ll display all submissions at the library. A panel of judges will select seven works to be printed and distributed as banned book trading cards. We’ll hand out a different card each day of the Banned Books Week.

Drop off, or mail entries to:

Kristin Soper
Lawrence Public Library
707 Vermont Street
Lawrence, KS 66044

IMAGE: Detail of 2013 winning artist Leah Hoelscher’s, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie



One Comment

  1. Kristin Soper says:

    Thank you for doing the Centron Films recognition. Following are some of the former employees:
    Dave Lutz Sound engineer 550-872, John English Cinema photographer 331-6331.
    Sam, Linda, Haskins Directior 785-550-4268, Oscar Rojas-Art Director, retired, lives in Florida, 772-334-3517, Doug Poulter was hired from the Canadian Film Board of Canada to operate the Oxberry Animation Camera. The only phone I have for him is 865-5612. Not sure where is now.
    Chuck Warner- legal advisor and later was vice president of Centron Productions when Coronet Films and Bob Kohl took over. phone 785-842-3050.
    John Kuhn-artist, Jack Wright was used in a lot of Centron films.
    Some other names that I don’t have numbers for but I think John English can get in touch with them:
    Vicki Murison, Debbi Johnson, Linda McCue, Betty Sue, Laura Green.
    That’s all for now.

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