Play ‘Banned Books Bingo’

The game of bingo has been adapted for a variety of purposes, in both land based bingo and internet bingo. Bingo is commonly used to raise funds for charity and to teach various school subjects such as math, English, foreign languages, history and just about any subject taught in schools. There are also highly amusing versions of bingo such as bull$%&t bingo which is played during boring office meetings and cow chip bingo. There are kids’ bingo games to keep the kids busy on long road trips. There are internet bingo games, which have grabbed the attention of many players.  The newest version of bingo is being used for a rather serious cause.  Next week is ‘Banned Books Week’ in the US where libraries point out past and present efforts to ban books. In the past literary classics such as James Joyce’s Ulysses and Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer have been banned for various reasons.

Libraries across the US use banned books week to point out how important the freedom of the press and the freedom to read are to Americans. Now the Pittsburg Public Library has developed a bingo game titled appropriately ‘Banned Books Bingo. The library has invited young adults to play the new bingo game on Monday September 27th. Instead of numbers on a grid the bingo cards will have titles of various banned or challenged books such as ‘To Kill A Mockingbird, the  “Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling, “The Giver” by Lois Lowry, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie and many others.

Banned Books Week lasts from September 25th through October 2nd and celebrates the freedom to read and the first Amendment. The new bingo game is designed to draw attention to censorship efforts in schools and public libraries. Banned Books bingo is certainly for a great cause and libraries are showing their appreciation to those who have stood up to attempted censorship. This is another example of how bingo can be used to draw attention to a great cause.