Library Teens Create Graphic Novel

Six Lafourche Parish teens are newly-published authors. 

Check out Knowledge Deleted__, a graphic novel about censorship and the freedom to read – and the consequences of what happens when the freedom to read for all is challenged by a few. The book was created by six teens attending a three-day workshop on comic book drawing and book banning and censorship at the Lockport Branch Library. The graphic novel’s authors and illustrators are Evette Boudreaux, Kayla Chase, Allison Plaisance, Morgan Alleman, Logan Clement, and Rayelynn Hankins.

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The book is the result of a grant from the Judith Krug Memorial fund for Banned Books Week, in partnership with the American Library Association and the Freedom to Read Foundation. The Lockport Branch was one of only seven libraries across the country to receive the grant, which included $1,000 to create Banned Book Week projects and $100 worth of Banned Book Week materials. One of the Banned Book Week projects was the creation of Knowledge Deleted__.  The graphic novel, a series of comic panels and text, begins with what was once a popular means of censoring: a raging fire into which banned books were thrown in and destroyed because people disapproved of the ideas they contained.

The teens were given the freedom to develop the comic as they wished. They decided to explore a “What if?” scenario: What would happen to a library after continual protests transformed it from a library to a place devoid of information?  “Once, the library was a place where the community gathered,” the book reads.  “They met up, went to special programs, checked out books, watched movies, played on computers…In trying to stop the problems, they removed any method of solution. Knowledge was deleted. They shut away ideas.” In the graphic novel they created, the teens ultimately go on to reaffirm the freedom to read.  Knowledge Deleted__ is a fast-paced read.  Although copies cannot be checked out, residents can read the book at the Thibodaux, Lockport, or South Lafourche branches.

For more information on the Lockport Branch’s Banned Books Week projects, visit its website at http://jrichar8.wix.com/bannedlockport#!about-us.

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