Looking for inspiration in advance of Banned Books Week (BBW), from September 27–October 3? Look no further than School Library Journal’s BBW Pinterest page. Blogger and collection development librarian at the Lawrence Public Library, KS, Molly Wetta has curated SLJ’s board showcasing the annual celebration of censored books and the freedom to read, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), National Coalition Against Censorship, Freedom to Read Foundation, among others. The member manager at YALSA’s “The Hub,” Wetta has pinned her favorite selections of book displays, program ideas, and signage for the yearly event.
The pins range from the Azkhabanned Library display created by Seattle Public Library to clever signs from the Smith (TX) Public Library. Young adult literature is the focus of BBW 2015. ALA announced the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2014 earlier this year, and the majority of the titles were books for teens. The six YA works on the list include Sherman Alexie’s National Book Award-winning The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Little, Brown, 2007), which took the first spot, and Raina Telgemeier’s graphic novel Drama (Scholastic, 2012).
In addition to reviewing YA titles, Wetta blogs about YA book trends, feminism in teen literature, and how librarians can use social media to reach their students and patrons at “Wrapped Up in Books.”
Wetta will continue to pin her resource picks to the board. If your library is doing fun, innovating programming and displays to commemorate the freedom to read, share in the comments section below.