February 18, 2018

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Librarian Molly Wetta Curates SLJ’s Banned Books Pinterest Board

SLJ's Banned Books Week Pinterest board curated by guest pinner Molly Wetta

SLJ’s Banned Books Week Pinterest board, curated by guest pinner Molly Wetta.

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).

Molly Wetta_TNIn 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.

See also:

New Zealand Bans YA Title “Into the River”; Imposes Fine for Selling, Sharing Book
Charleston Library Hands Out “Some Girls Are” After School Bans Book
NeverEndingSearch: A guest post from AASL’s Banned Websites Awareness Day Committee by Joyce Valenza
Scales on Censorship: It’s About Choice: Tactics for Fostering Intellectual Freedom by Pat Scales
ALA Addresses its Challenged Book List After Questioning by FiveThirtyEight
SLJ’s Resources On Banned Books and Censorship
Harris Poll Shows Growing Support for Book Banning, Ratings
An Informal Study: Do Book Challenges Suppress Diversity?
Comics Censorship, from ‘Gay’ Batman to Sendak’s Mickey
Banned Books Week: Celebrate the Right to Read
Shelley Diaz About Shelley Diaz

Shelley M. Diaz (sdiaz@mediasourceinc.com) is School Library Journal's Reviews Team Manager and SLJTeen newsletter editor. She has her MLIS in Public Librarianship with a Certificate in Children’s & YA Services from Queens College, and can be found on Twitter @sdiaz101.

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  1. I’ve been updating my Banned Books Smore for the past two years and I just added a link to this Pinterest board. https://www.smore.com/vb83
    Thanks for the great resources!

  2. Here is some pictures for Banned Book Week from our high school in Aurora Colorado!