In case you missed it, Banned Books Week was last week. Unfortunately, where I live some of the local libraries downtown received an anonymous threat and had to be closed for a day. Today’s writing prompt is inspired by that true event. Keep reading to see today’s writing prompt and my completed version of it: Books and Bombs.

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Today’s Writing Prompt: Threat at the Library

Today, write a fictional scene based on a threat that a local library receives. Before you start completing this writing prompt, consider what type of threats a library would receive, why, and from whom.

Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt

Books and Bombs, by K.E. Creighton

My mother always told me that books could act like bombs on slow-release timers. At least, most of the good ones. Because one second a reader will be following a passage in a book along, nonchalantly, mesmerized by the story between its covers, when out of nowhere BAM! An idea hits! A feeling hits! A fundamental understanding of human beings that can’t be truly expressed aloud for whatever reason hits! And the remnants of the unexpected unwarranted blast never leave the reader once they’ve hit. Once the blast of knowledge or empathy from a book hits a reader, it stays forever.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that my mother was an English teacher who became a librarian two months ago. Her love of books and their power cannot be matched by anyone I know. At this moment, however, I wish that she didn’t love books or believe in their power quite as much as she does because she’s being held hostage in the library by a man who does have a literal, not metaphorical, bomb strapped to his chest.

The authorities aren’t saying much yet because they’re still dealing with the crisis and hostage situation in real-time right now, to help my mother and her coworkers and a few children who are still inside with their terrified parents. But it’s Banned Books Week this week and my mother spearheaded the efforts to acquire and lend as many banned books from her library as possible. So some of us have an idea of what’s going on in there. And the rumor mill online and a small group of elderly men standing about ten feet from me are blaming her for what’s happening inside the library now as much as they are blaming the crazed lunatic with a bomb strapped to his chest.

This is one of those rare moments I stop to pray. I’m praying that one of my mother’s metaphors about books doesn’t come to life.

[All Rights Reserved by K.E. Creighton and Creighton’s Compositions LLC. The above work is a piece of fiction. All names and locations referred to are the product of the author’s imagination and are used entirely for fictional purposes. Any similarities to real-life persons or places are purely coincidental.]

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