As Banned Books Week draws to a close, we look forward to our final, major event next week: Casey Murrow is coming to speak about freedom of information and access to information issues, through the eyes of the journalist work of his father, Edward R. Murrow. He is speaking on Tuesday, October 1st from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in the library solarium. Free and open to the public; food and beverages will be served. Join us!
To celebrate our speaker, the library has gotten access to a streaming version of Good Night and Good Luck, the Oscar-nominated film about Murrow’s fight against Senator McCarthy’s attempt to blacklist all those with supposed associations with communism. It is a great movie – ask your professors for access.
Thank you to all who participated with us this week – browsing our display, asking questions, and supporting us in celebrating our freedom to read!
Our first poster today features Anna Berry, director of educational support, reading It’s Perfectly Normal. This book was challenged in a Florida public library in 2011 because of the illustrations – but ultimately it was left on the shelf. We have it in our children’s collection, as well.
Our second poster features Sharon Roth, education faculty, reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. This book, which is required reading in several classes here at GCC, was the second most banned or challenged book last year. While it was removed from some classes and libraries, it remained in others because it is considered to be such a valuable book to many young adults. Our copy is among the more heavily-used books in our collection and we are glad to have access to it!
Our last poster of this year – complete with a prop cape – shows Mark Hudgik, admissions coordinator, reading Super Diaper Baby. This book has been successfully banned in a Texas school since 2011 for containing the words “poo-poo head.”