Library in a plain brown wrapper
Morinville Public Library Manager Isabelle Cramp shields her eyes from the banned books held by librarians April Heppleston (left) and Pearl Lavallée (right). The Morinville Public Library will be participating in Freedom to Read Week (Feb. 21 – 27) with the theme We Read Banned Books. In preparation for the annual event, the library has blocked out its showcase window with plain brown wrapping paper and amassed a large selection of books that have been banned in the past.
The Rabbit’s Wedding, held by Heppleston was banned in the 1950s because its cover depicted what was perceived as an interracial couple. Little House on the Prairie, held by Lavallée, has been challenged in the latter part of the 20th Century because of its less than politically correct commentary on Native Americans.
Library patrons who read a banned book during Freedom to Read Week will have their names entered into a draw for some prizes. See full story on Freedom to Read Week later this week.
Wesley Markle of the Morinville Bantam AA Mustangs works the puck in the St. Albert Bears’ zone Wednesday night during game two of a two-game total-goal series. After defeating St. Albert 2-1 in the first game of the series, the Mustangs fell to a 4-2 decision to give St. Albert the series at 5-4. – Stephen Dafoe Photo
Things are looking up
Nine-year-old Brooke Froment shoots some hoops last Wednesday night during the Morinville Road Runners Mini Girls practice. – Stephen Dafoe Photo
Little House on the Prairie banned????!!!
This is a series that I loved as a child and my children loved as well. We need to consider everything a book ahs to offer and not concentrate on only one part. What a shame it would be for children in the future to loose these wonderful tales that have captured the interest of multiple generations because one part of the book is no longer considered “politically correct”.