Banned Books Week started in 1982, but books have been banned much longer. Today, you can still find books being banned and challenged. Because of efforts from librarians, teachers, students, and communities, banned books continue to be available.
I would like to introduce you to some favorites of the Reference Librarians at the Shorewood-Troy Public Library.
One of Julie’s favorites is Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret? by Judy Blume because it was probably the first book she read as a kid that talked about all the weird stuff your body is going (or about to go) through.
Becky’s is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. “This book will always hold a special place in my heart, simply for the fact that it was the first book that my dad and I ever bonded over and could discuss together. I’ve read it both in school and as an adult, and every time I’ve read it, it leaves me with this sense of responsibility. It makes me feel like I need to stand up for what is right in the world and be a better person.”
Melissa’s is Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell because “I just love Scarlet. She is her own person and she goes after what she wants, even though she really shouldn’t. I like her spirit.”
One of Kimberlee’s favorite banned books is The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson because “it brought me back to childhood when my friend and I would play in the open field. The imaginary world the characters play in are such a beautiful juxtaposition to the real world they live in. And the ending was beautiful, definitely have a tissue.”
Kimberlee Patton, STPL Adult Program Coordinator