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Week Two: Soup

Design by Sue Hurbanek

Design by Sue Hurbanek

For Banned Books Week, Sue H. designed this book display to sit on our Avenue.  It gets quite a bit of attention; we routinely see patrons examining the “books” on display, lifting the red flaps to find out why a given book was banned or challenged somewhere in the country.  I had a great conversation with a couple young boys who were astounded to discover that the Bible has been challenged in some libraries as “inappropriate for children”.  The display provides some excellent “teaching moments”.

While we’re on the subject of Banned Books, do take a moment to check out the Shelf Check comic.  There’s a link on the right side of this blog and one on the Avon Lake blog too.  Cartoonist and Library Associate Emily Lloyd does a wonderful series on Banned Books every year.  She’s got a wicked sense of humor!

Speaking of Banned, have you seen the movie Salt of the Earth?  We have a Special Edition of this amazing movie that was blacklisted throughout the U.S.  One of the few professional actors was deported, the movie crew was run out of one town where they had planned to film and the film had to be developed in secret.  The U.S. House of Representatives investigated the funding of the film (looking for communists) and only twelve theaters in the country were willing to show it.  The story of Mexican-American mine workers forming a union and fighting for some basic dignity while their wives learn to stand up for themselves and alongside their husbands (rather than behind them) is true and beautiful.  Filmed in the 1950s, the movie was well ahead of its time.  Take it home today!

And now for my chosen YouTube video, this one just makes me laugh and feel good:

September 29, 2008 at 2:23 pm 2 comments


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