Hide & Seek for Banned Books

Banned books have some interesting histories. For example, Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein was banned for “promoting cannibalism.” Seriously, some of the reasons are ridiculous, but also very intriguing.

As part of Washinton DC’s public library system, banned books are being hidden in and around public libraries and business. If you find the book, you get to keep it! This “Uncensored banned book” scavenger hunt is a part of Banned Books Week. This year, the theme is Diversity. 

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According to The Washington Post,

Each book is wrapped in a cover that explains why that book was banned or challenged. For example, J.D. Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye” will say “Anti-White” because in 1963, parents of high school students in Columbus, Ohio, asked the school board to ban the novel for being “anti-white.”

DC will give out clues to the whereabouts of the books via their Twitter and people who find the books are encouraged to post on their social media with the hashtag, #UncensoredDC. Participants 21 years and older are entered into a chance to win tickets to a cocktail party that will serve as a fundraiser for the public libraries in DC. 


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