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Lawrence library unveils banned books cards

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- The Lawrence Public Library has announced the winners of this year's Banned Book trading card design contest.

Among the seven winners were cards representing "Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White and "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger.

Banned Books Week will be celebrated nationally from Sunday through Sept. 28, with one card per day being released to the public, The Lawrence Journal-World reported (http://bit.ly/16LI7ZR ). The winners were selected from about 100 entries and announced Thursday.

In 2012, its first year, the fledgling project drew about 40 entries. But it won so much attention the library had to order a second printing of cards and devise a way to sell and ship them.

"There was so much buzz about the project last year, and people were really astounded about the concept of combining arts and literature," said Jeni Daley, the library's marketing coordinator.

The project hopes to show the community that the library is more than a place to get books, she said.

"We're celebrating intellectual freedom through Banned Books Week," she said. "But on top of that we're bringing in the talents of local artists, and we're combining it with the talents of really famous authors."

Other titles represented in this year's cards are: Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass," and "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com