Kelly Gray, a freshman marketing major at , remembers reading Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson when she was in grade school. The book about rape and difficult adolescent issues has always stuck with her.
Gray, a native of Akron, posed for a photo with Speak inside the Walsh University Library Wednesday. She was one of several students to get a mugshot taken with a beloved banned book as part of Banned Books Week, which celebrates the First Amendment.
The university is using this week to promote reading and non-censoring of reading materials through their mugshot activity.
And here are some statistics provided by the Walsh University Library dealing with banned books. Over the past 10 years, American libraries were faced with 4,660 challenges:
- 1,536 challenges because of sexually explicit material
- 1,231 challenges because of offensive language
- 977 challenges because material was deemed "unsuited to age group"
- 553 challenges because of violence
- 370 challenges because of homosexuality
- 304 challenges because of viewpoints
- 121 challenges because the materials were anti-family