This last Monday we celebrated Banned Books Week at the jail library. We hung up posters, made bookmarks, and displayed banned books that were in the jail library’s collection.
We put out multiple copies of the following banned books that we could locate (we had about 10 minutes to set up the display); 15% of books from the display were checked out.
- There Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- Goosebumps series
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
- Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
- Go Tell It On The Mountain by James Baldwin
- Native Son by Richard Wright
- The Bible
- Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
The first group of women were especially excited to learn about banned books and see what has been banned. Many patrons told us what books they had read that were banned, that they read one of the books in school, or that they were shocked that certain books were on the table. The patrons also reflected on their children’s reading and development if theses books were not available in their school to the extent that they were going to make sure their children were able to read the books they had read when they were school.
One patron was not interested in checking out a banned book, but before he left he told us that he reads a banned book every night (referring to the Bible).
Even though every patron did not show lots of interest, patrons did learn about the library-related topic, censorship, and questioned reasons as to why books are banned.