Each year ALA sponsors Banned Books Week to highlight our 1st Amendment right to read.
In the past two years the education committee of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Vermont chapter (on which I serve) has offered free ALA posters to 21 school, public and college libraries in order to help them use this week to draw attention to the dangers of censorship.
We have money to do this again this year.
The first ten libraries to email response to this post will receive the ALA Banned Book Week poster offered this year by ALA and shown in the ALA graphics catalog (p. 6) that was recently mailed. The 2010 poster measures 24” by 32” and retails for $16.00.
See the 2010 poster at http://www.alastore.ala.org/SearchResult.aspx?CategoryID=269
There’s one string. I’d very much like to receive an email photo of how the poster looks in your library! Be sure to include a person in your photo (we like to see ourselves, don’t we?).
Be sure to let me know ( at firstname.lastname@example.org ) your postal mailing address.
I’ll then arrange for posters to be mailed to the first ten libraries that respond. Libraries which received a poster previously are not eligible.
Ilsley Public Library, director
ACLU- VT, board member
p.s. ALA’s webpage for banned and challenged books will lead you to ideas and resources you can use for Banned Book Week:
p.p.s. The Vermont Library Association and the ACLU of Vermont will present An Evening Without: Giving Voice to the Silenced, on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, 7:30 pm, Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main Street, Brattleboro, Vermont.
The event will feature Vermont writers reading from a broad range of works that have been challenged or banned. Presented in collaboration with the Brattleboro Literary Festival, this event is free and open to the public in celebration of the First Amendment during Banned Books Week (September 25-October 2).
For more information, including a list of featured readers and authors, see http://www.acluvt.org/news/evening_without.php or call (802) 223-6304.