Library contest draws attention to banned books

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The Swift Current Library is challenging your notion of banned books during Freedom To Read Week.

A display currently at the Library has nearly two dozen books on display with titles that have been banned or challenged around the world.

The Library is also holding a contest where a series of banned or challenged books have been left around Swift Current. The finders of these books are invited to keep the book, plus enter into  draw for a Kobo eReader for one grand prize winner.

When you think about banned books, you think about propaganda or hate speech literature, but common titles including Harry Potter have found themselves on the challenged list.

"We're placing books that have been challenged in Canada in the last 10 years. We're hoping that people will see and realize, after they've seen the display in the Library, that books are challenged more and more frequently than one would think," said Swift Current Library Head Librarian Chris Harrow. "Really popular books get challenged all the time, like Harry Potter, Kite Runner, big name books."

"We're lucky that they only get challenged in Canada, that they don't get banned outright. But there's lots of places in the world where materials are still banned."

Harrow notes the books were placed around the community earlier this week, with the books wrapped in a chain with a small lock on it. A total of 15 banned books were distributed at the start of the week, with the registration deadline for book finders set for March 3.

"Keep your eyes peeled in the community. Hopefully they'll be all over the place."

Organizations: Swift Current Library

Geographic location: Swift Current

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  • Penguin
    February 12, 2014 - 15:56

    I experienced something odd similar that I documented in my comic: