Archive for Sunday, August 26, 2012

Deadline for banned books art submissions extended

August 26, 2012


The Lawrence Public Library has extended the deadline for its call for artists to help mark Banned Books Week until Friday.

The library is teaming with the Lawrence Arts Center to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, scheduled to be celebrated nationally Sept. 30 through Oct. 6.

The library is looking for artists to create small-scale works of art on paper inspired by a banned or challenged book or author. Seven entries will be chosen and printed as trading cards, with the artwork on the front and a list of statistics about the book or author on the back.

The library will exhibit all submissions, and the Arts Center will exhibit the seven winning artworks. One trading card per day will be made available at both locations throughout the week for the public to collect.

For more information on banned books and to read the full call for artists, visit


Liberty275 5 years, 8 months ago

What books are banned in America? Canada, sure, but not here.

purplesage 5 years, 8 months ago

Why do we fear ideas? Because ideas have conseqeunces. They are the seed-bed of behavior. They get lived out. The ideas of Marx are lived out in Lenin and Stalin; the ideas of Frederick Neitzsche blossomed in Germany in the 1930. It has been calculated that 125 lives were lost in WWII for every word of Mein Kampf.

voevoda 5 years, 8 months ago

The antidote to dangerous ideas isn't the banning of books, but rather writing and circulating refutations. Tsarist Russia banned all sorts of works deemed to be dangerous, but that made people more receptive towards radical political solutions, rather than less. Mein Kampf could have such an overwhelming effect because the Nazis banned and burned books that criticized it and those that offered alternative philosophies.

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