Banned Books Week Invites Cast of Characters to Bell Library

Published: October 01, 2015

Banned Books Week Invites Cast of Characters to Bell Library
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi hosted an open house and literary themed costume event on Tuesday, Sept. 29, to celebrate Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week, which started on Sunday, Sept. 27, and runs through Saturday, Oct. 3, is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.

“Some of the reasons books get banned is because the content in the book is too mature for its intended audience,” said Patricia Hernandez, Library Associate II and Coordinator of the Banned Books Week open house. “Topics that can get a book banned include sexuality, religion, violence, or graphic language.”

Visitors to the library’s open house had the opportunity to interact with theatre students dressed as characters from their favorite banned books. Some of the books represented included “Harry Potter,” “Where the Wild Things Are,” “Gone with the Wind,” “The Sandman” and “Carrie.”

“I choose to be Morpheus from ‘The Sandman’ because my facial structure gives way to the character,” said Kane Davis, a freshman theatre student whose costume included black leather pants, a long black cape and dark face paint. “Morpheus is stoic, morbid and sadistic. He is considered anti-family.”

In addition, library guests were encouraged to dress as their own personal hero to participate in the Absolutely Incredible “My Hero” Costume Contest. There was also a scavenger hunt, and guests were also encouraged to cast their vote for their favorite bookmark. The bookmark with the most votes will become the library’s official bookmark and the Islander who designed it will win a $25 gift card. You can vote for your favorite bookmark on the library’s Facebook page until Saturday, Oct. 3