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August 22nd, 2012 Comments Off

Supporting intellectual freedom with the ALA

Free people read freely, according to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. Yet the Association reports that there were 326 book challenges in 2011. The most frequently challenged titles include The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Both novels appear in our posters for Banned Books Week 2012, marking the 30th year of the annual censorship awareness campaign.

When asked to design materials for the campaign, we chose to highlight the often-surprising books which individuals and groups attempted to have removed from public and school libraries. The red letters, hand-cut from vellum, refer to how these books have been singled out, while also suggesting redacted content. Our tagline, “the books they don’t want you to read,” plays on the lure of the forbidden — as E.L. James recently found out, banning a book often just tells people where to look.

Consider supporting Banned Books Week by purchasing a poster, T-shirt, button or bookmark at the ALA’s on-line store.

See more of our work for the ALA here.

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