I have started to update my old current events posts as well, and as I was updating the first one (about library lockers and the chance of them replacing librarians), I came across some really interesting things about ‘library lockers’ that I wanted to share!
The first post I came across was about a teenage girl in a Catholic high school who was running an ‘illegal’ library out of her locker at school and lending books to fellow students that had been banned by her school. I’m sure there will be many conflicting views on her actions. I personally feel that she is a pioneer within her school and age bracket for promoting reading to her fellow school-mates. Good for her! Perhaps she is also already ‘wiser’ than her teachers and administrators and sees the ‘hindrances’ and sometimes ‘absurd notions’ of organized religions. (*side note – please don’t think that I’m a religion-hater; I accept and support each persons views and choices in their own religion*) However, sometimes it’s hard to respect the decisions of a Catholic school when they ban a book as brilliant as Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy simply because it makes some jokes about God and His existence and/or His ability to be a ‘good’ God (at least that’s why I assume it’s banned).
Is it really impossible to view these books for what they are: WORKS OF FICTION?! Adams is using humour in an attempt to make his books interesting to readers (and in my opinion it works wonderfully!) Additionally, some other banned books in Canada include the entire Harry Potter series, which I also love. These books are banned because of their content of magic, witchcraft, etc, and I think that’s ludicrous! Once again, these are works of FICTION, and also they do not – in ANY way – get into inappropriate ‘magic use’ (ie – Satanism, etc). And The Lorax? The LORAX?!
Okay, moving on to the second post before I start ranting too much 🙂
The second post I found about library lockers was a really heart-warming one: Peace Corps book lockers. It’s really too bad that these were discontinued because of funding (an all too real story for most libraries….) 😦Lorax image from: http://wearemoviegeeks.com/wp-content/lorax1.jpg Censorship image from: http://inthenextroom.blogspot.com/2011/09/banned-books-week-2011.html Hitchhiker image from personal collection.