Saturday, September 24, 2011

Read a Banned or Challenged Library Book This Week

The American Library Association's Banned Books Week (Sept. 24 through Oct. 1, 2011) begins today, and to celebrate  we are recommending a week's worth of banned or challenged library books for young readers.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, is often considered to be a children's book geared for readers ages 9-12.  It may be a bit tough for preteens, but it is certainly worth reading.  It is full of silliness, imagination, and peculiar ways of looking at the world, which the author intended to make readers smile and laugh.  Grown-ups find lots of hidden meanings in the book, but James Thurber, a famous 20th century American writer, felt that it was simply an entertaining story that you could read for fun.

 The book has been challenged or banned in school or public libraries because of the "hidden meanings" it supposedly contains.  You've probably already seen director Tim Burton's movie version (2010), so some of whatever "hidden meanings" may be in the book have already made it to the big screen and millions of kids.

 I recommend reading Alice's Adventures in Wonderland if you want to enjoy a fun ride through the imagination.  We have it at your favorite Library in our Evergreen Indiana catalog.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

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