It’s not too late to celebrate Banned Books Week with teens at your library! Here are some ideas to get teens thinking and talking about banned books:
- Create your own banned books booklist, or order the ALA Banned Books List 07-08. Display these booklists near your reference desk and encourage discussion. One classic exchange I had with a teen went like this: a teen approached the desk and casually glanced over at our Banned Books Week list. She asked, “What’s a banned book?” I explained. The teen’s face crinkled up and she asked, incredulously, “If people don’t like the books, why don’t they just not read them?” Great question! Off-the-cuff discussions at our reference desk, with both teens and their parents, have been the most rewarding way for me to inform patrons about banned books. You might also tuck these booklists into the challenged books that are sitting on your shelves, to create awareness among those teens who are hesitant to approach staff.