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Banned Books Trading Cards 2013

The Lawrence Public Library, in partnership with the Lawrence Arts Center, has chosen the winning entries for its second Banned Books trading card project. One card will be released to the public each day of Banned Books Week 2013, Sept. 22 through 28. Cards will be available at both the library, 700 New Hampshire St., and the Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. After Sept. 28, remaining cards will be sold at the library and online at Here are this year’s winning designs.

Friday's card is "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," by Maya Angelou, banned because it covers the topics of race, rape and molestation, parents in Kansas said the book contained "sexual explicitness and violent imagery." Others banned it for being "anti-white and encouraging homosexuality." ARTIST: Bobbie-Frances McDonald. EXCERPT FROM ARTIST'S STATEMENT: The book's title is taken from the third stanza in "Sympathy" — a poem by African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. I designed this book cover to show the metaphor of a caged bird offering a song of lament for its circumstances. The wrongs of prejudice and oppression cannot be corrected unless someone has the courage to vocalize them.


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