For the librarian who has everything, this holiday season take a look at the Banned Books Bracelets available from the American Library Association's (ALA) online store at http://www.alastore.ala.org/.
The bracelets, designed by jewelry designer Carolyn Forsman, were created to help raise awareness that books continue to be challenged. Forsman is a supporter of the Freedom to Read Foundation.
Two adult-size versions are available, one featuring banned adult titles and one featuring banned children's titles. The adult titles include The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Go Ask Alice by Anonymous, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden, Howl by Allen Ginsberg, and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
The childen's titles include Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, King & King by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Blubber by Judy Blume, and Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey. Both bracelets include an "I Read Banned Books" tile.
The bracelets are priced at $18.00 (or $16.20 for ALA members).
According to the ALA, more than a book a day faces expulsion from free and open public access in U.S. schools and libraries every year. There have been more than 8,700 book challenges since the ALA began electronically compiling and publishing information on them in 1990.
This week, the Georgia Board of Education voted to support the Gwinnett County School Board's decision to keep Harry Potter on library shelves, despite a mother's objections to the series.
ALA, 800/545-2433 or http://www.ala.org/.