#23 Forbidden Books


A chance conversation with a pupil led to the creation of a ‘forbidden books’ area, after a pupil went to great lengths to obtain a book that he had been denied due to its adult content.

This started a line of thought about the psychology of promoting books. Some books promote themselves, particularly new books by established authors. Others need more of a push.

Try targeting books that are less popular, but of good quality. These can be set aside on a conspicuous shelf with a notice above them proclaiming that ‘only pupils over 14 could borrow these texts’, or that borrowing of these titles would be vetted due to their ‘harrowing content’ or similar.

It doesn’t work for every book, but it certainly causes a lot of interest amongst the pupils, and some books that may have mouldered on the shelves will be issued, and enjoyed.

It is advisable to carry out this activity only intermittently, as readers tend to get used to anything, and the forbidden shelf eventually just becomes another library fitting.

Forbidden Books

2 Responses

  1. Hi – really enjoying wandering about here – lots of fun ideas and helpful links, and nice to look at. Well done for all the hard work!

  2. Jo,
    Thanks for your comments. If you have suggestions for additions, or to plug the gaps, feel free!

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