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Rebecca Joines Schinsky

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Rebecca Joines Schinsky is the executive director of product and ecommerce at Riot New Media Group. She co-hosts All the Books! and the Book Riot Podcast. Follow her on Twitter: @rebeccaschinsky.

Last year, we celebrated Banned Books Week with a feature about the super cool and creative community art contest from our friends at the Lawrence Public Library in Lawrence, Kansas (Rock Chalk Jayhawk!). The library invited local artists to create small-scale works inspired by a banned book, and a jury chose seven designs–one for each day of Banned Books Week–to appear on trading cards. The project garnered national attention, and when its creator, Susan Brown, moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina (home of the KU’s long-time rivals) to become the director of Chapel Hill Public Library, she decided to do it again this year and bring the two cities together.

Artists of all ages from Lawrence and Chapel Hill submitted works inspired by banned books, and a jury in each city again selected 7 designs. The LPL and CHPL revealed one design each day throughout the last week, and we are thrilled to be able to show them to you here all at once. Library patrons will be able to pick up sets of the banned books trading cards for free at their local branches, and today one lucky Riot reader will win a collection of all 14 cards! Check out the designs below, like the Lawrence Public Library and Chapel Hill Public Library on Facebook to follow their ongoing awesomeness, and enter to win a deck of trading cards using the form at the end of this post. Don’t want to wait? You can buy the cards here and here.

First up, the home team from Lawrence, Kansas.

absolutely true diary banned book card

bless me ultima banned book card

catcher in the rye banned book card

charlotte's web banned book card 2

i know why banned book card 2

leaves of grass banned book card

perks banned book card

And here’s the Chapel Hill collection.

charlotte's web banned book card

clockwork orange banned books card

1984 Banned Books Card

Bluest Eye Banned Book Trading Card

chocolate war banned book card

i know why the caged bird sings banned book card

brave new world banned book card

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