Out of the many unique annual events that REV hosts, perhaps the most understated is Banned Book Week. “Banned Book Week is about the First Amendment, and it reminds people that we have the right to read whatever we want to read,” said Korrie Krohne, the school librarian at REV. Every year, the last week of September hosts the banned book week. This event began in 1982 as a response to the 11,300 books that were banned; hundreds of libraries and bookstores drew students’ attention to banned and challenged books. “This is the third year REV has been doing banned books trading cards”, said Krohne. In the short interview held with Mrs. Krohne, she informs more about banned books week and why she loves it.
Q: Although books are widely available to us today due to our First Amendment right, do you think that, for any reason, some books should not be read?
A: “I think that there are age certain book and that should be up to the jurisdiction of the parent. I think that books that shouldn’t be read are due to age limits or personal choice.”
Q: Why are books generally banned?
A: “The main reasons books are challenged are due to offensive language, [because they are] unsuit[able] for age groups, or are sexually explicit. The main reason public libraries were installed was to provide people with the opportunity to educate themselves to make informed decisions… People who challenge books are doing it because they want to protect other people.”
Q: Is there a book that stands out or that, in your opinion, should not have been banned?
A: “Fahrenheit 451. In Circa 1953, when Ray Bradbury saw that people were starting not to read and people began to not question things, he wrote the book. None of them should have been banned and some of them were removed because of the unsuited age group. The Lorax was challenged in a logging community because it caused conflict at home, I think that the discomfort at home can be an avenue to dialogue which allows for people to understand a position beyond their own.”