An Invitation to Join the ULS: The Underground Library Society

I’m in! I am joining Charles F. French’s, Underground Library Society! Now, we just need a list of banned books, because fantasy, fairy tales, and science fiction are always on the block to be banned – consider Harry Potter – a religious group wanted it banned. Unbelievable. So – be afraid, be very afraid (just kidding), because who knows, your book could be next! Join the ULS !

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As some of you know, the students in my English 2 class at Lehigh University became members of a group I created for my class on book banning, the U.L.S. or the Underground Library Society.

It is based on Ray Bradbury’s extraordinary novel Fahrenheit 451 in which the owning and reading of books is a criminal act. A group of seeming nomads attempt to save books by “becoming” them. They memorize books in the hope that one day books will again be able to be printed.

My students had to choose a book they would become, blog about it, and create a poster featuring the logo of the group: a book with the letters ULS on it. Additionally, they put the title of the book and a statement about it on the poster. This was one of the most successful class activities that I have had the pleasure of…

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3 thoughts on “An Invitation to Join the ULS: The Underground Library Society

    • My pleasure, Charles and thank you for a wonderful idea that I think will really make a difference in the way we think about democracy. We have to preserve it and the best way is through reading books of all genres! You are brilliant! 🙂

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