About the Exhibit
Randall Library celebrates banned and challenged books with an exhibit in our New & Popular Book section on the first floor. The exhibit highlights the value of open access to information and summarizes each book’s value. Accompanying each book is a description and reasoning behind the work’s censorship and include personal statements written by UNCW students.
Students wrote these blurbs as part of Michelle Manning’s “Ways of Teaching Literature” and Victor Malo-Juvera’s “Writing for Teachers" courses. In these courses, students performed research on banned books and wrote short blurbs that explain how the books positively impacted their lives. (examples below)
The Banned Books Week exhibit is sponsored by The UNCW English Department and Randall Library.
Also join us for a Banned Books Week Read-In on Thursday, September 28th.
About Banned Books Week
From the American Library Association:
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
National Banned Books Week is September 24th through 30th. Find out more by visiting the American Library Association's Banned Books Week website.
A Sneak Peek
“The Harry Potter series is known globally by children of all ages. It continues to set records in the box office and on the book shelf. The last of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was the fastest selling book in history. J.K. Rowling is the first and only author to reach billionaire status, which she lost due to the amount of money she donated to charity. Despite its merit, it has been challenged many times. There are dark scenes, including murders and wars. Some claim the books glorify witchcraft, and others say Harry’s disregard for authority is enough to get it banned. However, when I look back at my childhood hatred for reading, the book that turned me into a bibliophile was Harry Potter. Not only was Harry a wizard, but his best friend was a nerdy girl with a bossy side. I could definitely relate to that! I learned so many lessons from those books. Harry Potter taught me to enjoy reading, and now I want to be an English teacher! A book so influential in many children’s lives should not be banned, but encouraged.” (UNCW Student: Emilee Curtis)
To Kill a Mockingbird
“To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee, is one of my favorite novels of all time. As a middle schooler, I connected with Scout’s coming of age story set in the South. It resonated with me as a story that taught about bravery, judgement, and innocence. So when I discovered it on the banned book list, I was dumbfounded. It is apparently challenged due to the racism, profanity, as well as the trial about the rape of a young woman. I understand wanting to protect our youth, but aren’t those things found in real life every day? How can we expect to learn from terrible things if we can’t teach, talk, or read about the terrible things?” (UNCW Student: McCall Reeder)