Written by on August 31, 2012

Wanna be startin’ somethin’

Back in January, I was sitting at work minding my library’s business when my coworker Kristen approached me with an interesting project idea.  Our conversation went something like the following:

“Let’s read all 100 books on the banned and challenged list from last decade and then create a podcast where we talk about them.”

“Okay.  But why?”

“To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, to bring attention to the fact that censorship is still happening in our libraries and our schools, and to do something that’s just plain cool.”

“That does sound cool.  100 is a lot.  How about you read half and I’ll read the other half?”

Nine months, 127 books (those series are deceptive), and countless hours of research, recording, editing, and cursing our “high-pitched girl voices” later,  our podcast series I’m With the Banned was born.

This has been a great challenge for both me and Kristen, not just reading a set number of books, but reading books that challenge the way we think and live, and that challenge us to expand our worldviews.  We’re very excited to share this series with you and to hear your thoughts on the books, the issues, and censorship.

Banned Books Week is September 30 – October 6, and the first episode of I’m With the Banned is scheduled to be released September 18th.  In the meantime, check out the Banned Books Week resources below and find out how you can get involved.

— Michele Wyngard

The books we’re reading for this project come from American Library Association’s Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

For more information on Banned Books Week, check out Freedom to Read Foundation and Banned Books Week

To see what we at Kennedy Library have up our sleeves for Banned Books Week, visit our official Banned Books Week page

To join the conversation, you can comment on our blog posts, or visit us on Goodreads and Facebook

If you want to learn more about Kristen and Michele and what they like to read, go to Sensible Shoes.

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