Friday, June 05, 2009

Locker Library


Author Cory Doctoro shares a story in Boing Boing of a teen (who shall remain anonymous) who has a lending library of banned books which he/she runs out of his/her locker. While there has been some discussion over whether this is a hoax or a true story, it is provocative. According to the original question at ask.com, the idea began when a friend asked him/her to lend The Catcher in the Rye. The idea grew until his/her locker was so full of books that he/she decided to organize them in the empty locker next to his/hers. At last count, he/she had 62 books which had been banned from students.
He/she keeps a log and gives out due dates. He/she is at a private school which has banned certain titles. He/she speculates about what kind of trouble he/she could get into if he/she is caught but believes a lot of his/her friends are reading more because of this idea. In case you were wondering why the teens just don't go to a public library, he/she suggests that most of the kids are too chicken or their parents won't let them.

See the original question at answers.com.

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2 comments:

tara said...

Funny, when I read about that student, I assumed they were female...

Rereading it, I don't think there's evidence either way. Interesting how we both imagined the student's gender differently.

fahrenheit451moderator said...

Thanks for that comment Tara. I thought it might have been a very unconscious conclusion that I jumped to. I went back to the original posts and found that Cory Doctorow had put the thought in my subconcious. His title: Kid keeping a lending library of banned books in his her locker
Posted by Cory Doctorow, May 24, 2009 6:32 AM. "His" was crossed out and "her" replaced it. I think you are right!