American Library Association’s Banned Books Week is an annual event intended to bring awareness of the dangers of censorship and restriction of access to information. The weeklong event celebrates the right to access of information in this country.
Although books continue to be challenged or banned throughout the U.S., usually in public schools and public libraries, most of these challenges are unsuccessful and the book remains available, thus enabling all of us to explore or express ideas, even those that are outside of the mainstream, nonconformist or objectionable.
There were activities in the Wausau campus library all week to celebrate.
“Banned Books Week was so much fun! I couldn’t wait to get to the library to see what was planned for the day,” said Deborah Feldbruegge, a student in the business program. “There were games, coloring, word searches, food, a scavenger hunt, daily trivia and a lot more. It was great seeing students, staff and faculty partaking in this event.”
For each activity they participated in, students, staff and faculty were able to enter a slip for a random drawing held at the end of the week. Danielle Stone, a student in the veterinary technology program, was the winner of the random drawing.
“Banned Books Week is a great mixture of fun, food, games, and learning about banned books,” she said. “My favorite activities were trivia and the food competition! It’s a lot of fun!”
The food competition that Danielle referred to is the annual Banned Books and FOOD! contest. Participants can enter any type of dish they choose, but the name of the dish must allude to the title of a banned or challenged book, or a reason why a book might be challenged. This year’s entries included:
- Mango Makes Three rice pudding
- Better Than Sex cake
- Catch Your Dip With Rye sandwiches
- Uncle Tom’s Wraps
- Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor cake
The coveted YUMMIEST title went to Jayne Bloomer and her Serpent’s Delight apple cheesecake. The BEST NAME title was closely contested, but ultimately went to Judy Welch’s Call of the Wild Dip, with Melissa Baker’s The Greenest Eyes cucumber sandwiches coming within one vote!Each winner received a Starbuck’s gift card.
Congratulations to our winners!
We also extend a huge thank you to everyone who helped make Banned Books Week a successful event this year by participating in the activities, and to all those who entered the Banned Books and FOOD! contest.
Remember to continue to celebrate your freedom to read throughout the year!