We just concluded our annual celebration of “Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read.”
Booksellers, publishers, and libraries co-sponsor this event to highlight the benefits and importance of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted banning of books from libraries or schools, across the country.
Once again, we partnered with the local branch of the ACLU and held a banned books reading and art contest during Art Hop last week. Artists were invited to create original art inspired by one of five frequently challenged or banned books.
- Adult : Sandy Olsen (Illustration for: “To Kill a Mockingbird” - pictured above)
- Honorable mention: Ann Marks
- Student: Marissa Morgan
- Honorable mention: Katy Munn
- People’s choice adult: Beverly Fitzpatrick
- People’s choice student: Destine Price
Congratulations to these winners and thanks to all the artists who participated, both for their submissions but also for helping to call attention to the importance of our First Amendment rights and the freedom to read.
Exercise your freedom – come visit soon and read whatever you want to read! Don’t take that freedom for granted.
Illustration for: “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Sandy Olson