#LoveMyLibraryCard Celebrating Banned Books @ Frisco TX Public Library

Posted September 24, 2014 by Felicia S in LoveMyLibraryCard / 15 Comments

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This week I am Celebrating Banned Books by showing you the display at my final local library in Frisco TX. This library rocks and I am lucky enough to live in a neighboring town that allows me to check out books from them. I can’t use their online offerings so I can’t say for sure how stellar they are BUT if they are half as good as the on premise library then they rock!

More on the library itself a little later but first I would like to talk about banned books.

Sheila from A Book Journey is doing a Banned Books Week event that you must check out! This post is part of that event but I also thought how cool would it be to tie it in with the library event! They fit together like birds of a feather!

CONFESSION: Growing up in a small town in West Texas you would have thought that there were all kinds of things that we “weren’t allowed to read” (since TX is the state with the highest number of banned books). However that couldn’t be further from the truth. My school library was packed full of books that are “consistently” banned in schools: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Of Mice and Men, Flowers in the Attic,  The Scarlett Letter, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and many more. In fact, it wasn’t until well into adulthood that I realized that a)people actually went out of their way to get books banned and b)that it was something that schools all over the US did. I am thrilled I grew up where I did because I can’t imagine my childhood without those eye-opening books!

CONFESSION 2: I am not a parent so I can’t begin to fathom what the motivation behind banning books might be from that perspective.  I think that you should be aware of what your children are reading and make educated decisions as a family. However, as a child whose only rule when picking up a book was “Ask questions about what you don’t understand” or “Look it up in the encyclopedia (I’m old we did it that way back then)”–I feel I had a great learning relationship with my parents, teachers, and immediate adults that I wouldn’t have had if I was not given free access to books that stretched my horizons.  I wasn’t afraid to follow those rules and ask questions. I wasn’t afraid to read something big, scary, controversial, or above my age range.  Books taught me about the world outside my little space in it. They taught me the good, bad, and ugly of human beings. What they didn’t do was cause me to be something I’m not but they did cause me to question things and learn from them.

Banning books to an avid book reader (no matter what the age) is like taking away a key to the outside world. I would rather someone read a book that I whole-heartily disagree with and form their own opinions about it than take away their chance at growth through reading, understanding, and contemplating that book.  Teaching someone to think, decipher, and process information through reading is a fundamental life lesson that I’m afraid by banning books we take away from our Youth today.

HAPPY NOTE: Libraries are the place to go for those (with parents permission) allowed to read books banned at their schools.  In fact, many libraries will bring awareness to banned books so that the parents and younger readers can decide which books would be suitable for them as a family to read, discuss, and learn from.

The Frisco TX Public Library has an awesome display of banned books on the Adult Floor (4th floor in the Library)! The librarians are ready and willing to answer any questions that you may have about the books on display or other books that might be deemed “banned” or “unsuitable”. Do not be afraid to talk to your librarian if you have questions. Some books may not be appropriate for your child or teenager for any number of reasons and asking why something was banned will give you a better understanding on what subjects that book is touching on. It might be one that you want to read first or at least prepare for the questions after, which could range from sex to race relations. Librarians are there for you and they really are the gurus of the book world!

Frisco Banned Books

Go check out your local library this week and see how they are celebrating banned books. I am sure they have something awesome going on!

A little bit more about the Frisco Public Library:

Located @

6101 Frisco Square Blvd.
Frisco, TX 75034

Hours:

Monday – Thursday 9am – 9pm
Friday 9am – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 1pm – 6pm

Support the Library

  • Book Nook Used Books
  • Donate Items
  • Volunteer

They have an awesome Calendar of Events

They have blogs:

  •  What We’re Reading
  • Parents Place

They have 3 floors packed with awesome books! The children have a whole floor to themselves. The teens have their own room that has everything a teen reader (and even non-reader) would love. The adult section has a heavily stocked fiction and nonfiction area that even has a quiet space for working. It is one of my favorite places to escape too when I need some alone time!

I love the Frisco Library! It is a great place to visit if you are ever in town!

Giveaway

This giveaway is open to the US/CA (and part of the #LoveMyLibraryCard event) but since it is relevant to the Banned Books event I wanted to give y’all a chance to enter without having to search it out 🙂 Good Luck!

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15 responses to “#LoveMyLibraryCard Celebrating Banned Books @ Frisco TX Public Library

  1. Awesome post, Felicia! I totally agree that parents should decide what’s best for their children to read (or not read), and not simply banning books from everyone.

  2. My libraries will work with parents that don’t want their kids reading certain books, but they make it clear that it is the parents responsibility to see what they are reading and not the librarians. Yea, I like my library’s attitude. 😀

    • That is how all my libraries are. They have things noted on kids under 18 cards in the system but ultimately it is up to the parents to “police” their kids. Best way to do it 🙂

  3. “Books taught me about the world outside my little space in it. They taught me the good, bad, and ugly of human beings. What they didn’t do was cause me to be something I’m not but they did cause me to question things and learn from them.”

    YES FELICIA!!! I’m not a parent either (and I’m sure many of the parents who complain have their valid reasons), but I think you stated everything beautifully above. Books didn’t turn me into someone else or trigger a previously dormant behavior just by telling a story, but they did teach me about the world, improve my vocabulary and writing ability, and thoroughly entertain me:) All those are good things to me!

    • I think it is perfectly ok for parents to send a note to school and say my child can not read your book of choice (insert reason) please assign them another book. I just don’t understand the pulling it back from all students but then again not a parent. Isn’t it wonderful what reading a variety of books taught you during those formative years? I would never have picked up half the books I did if it weren’t for required reading or urging of my school librarian. I feel I am a better person because of it 🙂

  4. Finley Jayne

    I like lots of the books that have been banned/challenged, but one of my favorites is the His Dark Materials series by Pullman. I know adults in real life who will not read these books because of the controversy surrounding them :/

    • I haven’t read that but I should give it a whirl. The funny thing is I would totally accept someone saying “I wont’ read so and so because of content” but saying let’s ban this book from ______ drives me up a wall. Choose for yourself (and your kids) but don’t presume to choose for others.

  5. The Potter books for me are a favorite although I also have a soft spot for To Kill A Mockingbird… such an amazing read it is hard to believe that people wanted it removed!

    Thanks for being in the Banned!!!

    • I love the Harry Potter books 🙂 🙂 I am always sad when my annual reread comes to an end. I haven’t read To Kill A Mockingbird. Some day I will but I haven’t gotten to it yet.

  6. Awesome post!!! I don’t think I have a favorite banned book… there are so many that are challenged for the absolutely stupidest reasons.

    OH WAIT! Actually I DO!! “Take Me to the Zoo” by Robert Lopshire/Seuss!!! I love that story b/c I enjoyed reading it so much to Jake and I loved the message, you just need to find your place in the world. But it was challenged recently b/c it portrays Asians poorly, I guess? I kind of forgot the reason on accident purposely 😉

    You rock (as always…) and fantastic giveaway!!!!

    • That was their reason for banning? Seriously?? I think sometimes the people doing the banning don’t give kids enough credit! They seriously are smarter (and more adept) than they seem to give them credit for.

  7. I should’ve taken a picture of the display at my library when I was there on Monday. They did a great job too. The one I visited is a small branch, so they don’t have a large adult or kid section. This display was front and center. It was similar to the one you had. They wrapped caution tape around The Hunger Games and other books, plus having it in the background.

    I agree with you completely about books should be a family decision. Like you, I don’t have children, but I know how it was treated with me. I had Stephen King’s Misery taken away from me three times in 7th grade, because the teachers felt it was inappropriate for someone my age. I got the book from my mother. It was her copy after she read it. She wanted me to read anything I was willing to read. I read horror or I didn’t read, hence, Stephen King. Some kids might have nightmares, etc., but that was not the case with me. I was also watching The Exorcist and Pet Semetery at the same age. What works for one kid, won’t work for the other. Parents need to parent and not expect the government/schools to do it for them.

    Great post

    • My teachers were shoving things way above my age range in my hand because I was always 2 to 3 years ahead of where we were reading in class. That was the brilliant thing about being a K to 12 school that had less than 250 students (total). The teachers knew you before they had you so they knew what to expect. In 7th grade my teacher handed me E.A. Poe and said I know you will finish this quickly but I want you to think it out. It was the first time I was asked to think critically about a book (as opposed to standard book review of just saying what it was about). It was mind boggling to me. I think the rest of the class was working on some other reading but she would pull me aside to discuss my reading 1 on 1. It was fantastic!