To celebrate Banned Book Week this year, I decided to create an interactive display in our Teen Section. It’s similar to our Blind Date with a Book Display, only – instead of describing the books – I list the reasons why they’re banned.
All month long, the teens can check out any of the books on display. After reading, they fill out a card telling me how they felt about the banned book they read and drop it in our raffle box. At the end of the month, we’ll do a drawing from all of the participants for a Target gift card.
This has probably been one of our most successful displays yet. Within five minutes of putting my first round out, six out of eight books were already snatched up! Luckily (or unluckily) I have plenty of other banned books to chose from.
The only thing I think I’ll do differently next time is differentiate “challenged” from “banned.” This time, I sort of just lumped them together and I feel like I missed out an a “teachable moment” by doing so. Other than that, however, I absolutely adore this display. Feel free to steal it and use it in your classroom, media center, or library! 🙂