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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
ksoper@lawrencepubliclibrary.org

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

 

 

Lawrence Reads Banned Books!

Books have the power to change lives on the individual and societal level. They’re portals to magical lands and guides for navigating life’s most gruesome struggles. Because of this, the freedom to access information through books has been highly contested since the birth of the written word. The American Library’s Association (ALA) has reported that it tracked roughly 500 requests to challenge or ban books from schools and libraries each year. Thus, Banned Books Week was created. The first Banned Books week began in 1982 as a celebration that called attention to the dangers of stifling creative expression and access to books.  Banned Books Week focuses on readers’ freedom and open access to information, and also acts as a Thank You to the librarians, teachers, students, and community members who have fought for these freedoms.

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Battle of the Banned… Books!

Welcome to our 4th annual Banned Book Trading Cards Competition!

Banned books week celebrates the freedom to read and the importance of open access to information by highlighting the attempted or actual banning of books in the US.

During banned books week, we’ll display all submissions at the Library. A panel of judges will select seven submissions for printing and distribution and we’ll hand out a different selection each day of the week.

For inspiration, here’s a list of frequently challenged books compiled by The American Libraries Association.

Requirements: Submit original artwork only. A brief artist’s statement
about the work must accompany each entry. Include the name of the banned
or challenged book, author that inspired the piece, and 1-2 paragraphs
about how the piece represents the book or author. Please include name, address,
phone number, and email address. Selected pieces will be scanned on a
flatbed scanner for printing. At the conclusion of Banned Books Week, all artwork
will be returned to the artists, with the option of donating their original art to the
Library.

 

Medium: paper
Size: 5” x 7” + 300dpi high resolution
Due by: August 31st
Where to submit: Drop off entries or mail to -
Lawrence Public Library, attn: Kristin Soper
700 New Hampshire Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
ksoper@lawrencepubliclibrary.org

 

Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out: “The Chamber of Secrets” by J.K. Rowling

Read by TAB member, Meredith S.

Thanks for participating in Banned Books Week, Meredith!

 

Banned Books Virtual Read-Out: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky

Read by TAB member, Tehreem C. 

Thanks for participating in Banned Books Week, Tehreem!

Banned Books Virtual Read-Out:”Just Listen” by Sarah Dessen

Read by TAB member, Lauren B. 

Thanks for participating in Banned Books Week, Lauren!

Celebrate the Freedom to Read

It’s Banned Books Week and we’re holding a virtual read -out all week long to recognize the importance of the freedom of information.  Choose an excerpt from your favorite banned or challenged book, come to the Teen Zone, and be recorded reading your excerpt. We’ll share your reading on the American Library Association’s dedicated YouTube channel as well as on our website.

Please limit your reading to two minutes. You will need to bring a photo/video consent form signed by your parent/guardian with you to the library.

You can also collect seven banned book trading cards designed by local artists, and of course, pick up a challenged book and celebrate your freedom to read!