Is it ok to run an illegal library from my locker.?

Let me explain.

I go to a private school that is rather strict. Recently, the principal and school teacher council released a (very long) list of books we're not allowed to read. I was absolutely appalled, because a large number of the books were classics and others that are my favorites. One of my personal favorites, The Catcher in the Rye, was on the list, so I decided to bring it to school to see if I would really get in trouble. Well... I did but not too much. Then (surprise!) a boy in my English class asked if he could borrow the book, because he heard it was very good AND it was banned! This happened a lot and my locker got to overflowing with the banned books, so I decided to put the unoccupied locker next to me to a good use. I now have 62 books in that locker, about half of what was on the list. I took care only to bring the books with literary quality. Some of these books are:

>The Perks of Being a Wallflower

>His Dark Materials trilogy


>The Canterbury Tales


>The Divine Comedy

>Paradise Lost

>The Godfather


>Interview with the Vampire

>The Hunger Games

>The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

>A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

>Animal Farm

>The Witches

>Shade's Children

>The Evolution of Man

> the Holy Qu'ran

... and lots more.

Anyway, I now operate a little mini-library that no one has access to but myself. Practically a real library, because I keep an inventory log and give people due dates and everything. I would be in so much trouble if I got caught, but I think it's the right thing to do because before I started, almost no kid at school but myself took an active interest in reading! Now not only are all the kids reading the banned books, but go out of their way to read anything they can get their hands on. So I'm doing a good thing, right? Oh, and since you're probably wondering "Why can't you just go to a local library and check out the books?" most of the kids are too chicken or their parents won't let them but the books. I think that people should have open minds. Most of the books were banned because they contained information that opposed Catholisism. I limit my 'library' to only the sophmores, juniors and seniors just in case so you can't say I'm exposing young people to materiel they're not mature enough for. But is what I'm doing wrong because parents and teachers don't know about it and might not like it, or is it a good thing because I am starting appreciation of the classics and truly good novels (Not just fad novels like Twilight) in my generation?

7 Answers

  • Alice
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
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    I applaud your actions and it's really too bad that these books are being read undercover(so to speak) and not in a classroom with a healthy discussion guided by an educated teacher. Since I have spend much of my life with books and working in libraries, I have read most of these and I can easily see that they are on the ALA(American Library Association) list of most frequently banned books. There are others I believe should be added to your collection, so I will include the entire list for you here: Here is a list of commonly challenged literary classics:

    plus a list of commonly challenged books from Wikipedia:

    And of course, this week we are celebrating national Banned Books Week, celebrating our personal Freedom to Read. Enjoy!

    Here is more information, should you decide to learn more or seek legal assistance, or even just celebrate your First Amendment rights:

    Additional: and while I am at it, allow me to suggest to cathr169 that she consider the possibility that the asker is merely publicizing this important annual national event. Not a bad thing, and for obvious reasons this is a question of general interest to Yahoo!Answers readers.

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  • James
    Lv 4
    8 years ago

    No, it's not "okay" but neither was it "okay" to ban the books in the first place. So the question is, "Is it okay to disobey a bad rule/law?". The answer: no. But there are times when it is morally just to break a bad rule. However, one must be willing and expect to be punished for doing so.

    My advice, don't keep the books together. Conceal them in many different places. Try to have them all out in circulation at the same time so that they aren't all likely to be confiscated at once. Try to give yourself plausible deniability for ownership and circulation.

    BTW, Animal Farm is one of my favorites...though everyone thinks it's a children's book.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Why don't you ask this person? They were doing the same as you, "recently", in 2009. In fact, they posted the exact same question as this, word for word. Quite remarkable coincidence, don't you think?

    Silly little liar.

    Edit: "allow me to suggest to cathr169 that she consider the possibility that the asker is merely publicizing this important annual national event. "

    Then the asker could have posted their own words and linked to the original question. This is simply plagiarism. It's also simply not true. It did not happen recently to Scott F. It happened in 2009 to Nekochan.

    All posting this does is makes me wonder if the original was a lie too.

    How sad that your nation needs a day to publicise this.

    Source(s): I have a good memory for questions I've seen before.
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  • 6 years ago

    You stole the whole question from another user! What's the actual point in doing that??

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    You said it yourself - illegal. It is against school policy?

    If you want, keep the books off-site.

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  • keep it going

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  • 8 years ago

    "is it okay" and "illegal" are in the same sentence.

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