So remember several months ago when a gentlemen in Republic Missouri tried to ban Speak, Slaughterhouse Five, and Twenty Boy Summer from the school library? This banning hit home because I live very close to Republic and actually share a library system with Republic. Well, a couple of weeks ago (I know, I'm late in posting-forgive my busy Summer Reading Porgram self, OK?) the school decided to save Speak, but decided Slaughterhouse Five and Twenty Boy Summer were not appropriate. The worst part is that several of the board members didn't even show up to vote and only one that did show up had actually read the books. They also claimed they weren't basing it on "moral choices" but then had issues with the morals in the books (so it wasn't a moral choice then? I'm confused!)
I'm happy to report though that people are still taking a stand. Currently there is a long waiting list at the library to read Twenty Boy Summer and Slaughterhouse Five. I'm also very proud of my library for applying and winning the Judith Krug Memorial Fund to help our library system celebrate Banned Books Week. This is huge because in the years I have worked at my library system, we've never celebrated Banned Books Week, so I'm thrilled to take a stand against banning books. And for all of you who are close by, stay tuned because we may have some very cool special guests!!
I also love that the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library recieved a donation of Slaughterhouse Five and are mailing them free to students who live in Republic.
So continue to speak loudly, take a stand against banning books, and show your support!