LAWRENCE, Kan. - Although they appreciate a good read, the Lawrence Public Library does not want the growing, national list of banned or challenged books to be such a mystery.
“Some of them are banned by public school districts, some are banned by whole state school boards, some are just challenged by different parent groups," Jeni Daley with the Lawrence Public Library said
So, the library decided to host their second annual contest for Banned Book Week.
"We want to celebrate intellectual freedom and also celebrate the freedom to read," Daley said.
That freedom is expressed through Douglas County Artists depictions of banned or challenged books.
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This year, of nearly 100 entries, there will be seven winners. Their paintings are then turned into trading cards.
The cards include the painting on one side and the reason the books were banned and information about the artist on the other.
Tuesday's winner for the book, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," was by illustrator Leah Hoelscher.
Both the artists and the library hope the information will help keep the books.... at least... on some shelves.
"The reason these ideas often offend people is because they hit a nerve and they talk about important things in our society. We should be writing and speaking about these ideas,” Hoelscher said.
The library is encouraging everyone to come in and pick up that day's free card and if you miss out, you can order them later online.
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