High school students are invited to attend during their last period class.
Parents and sixth graders may join us at 4:00.
Awards will be presented to the top five presenters at 4:15!
What is Banned Books Week?
The American Library Association began this national event in 1982. Here’s what they have to say:
“Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship and explores the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning.”
What does it mean for a book to be “banned” or “challenged”?
A challenge is an attempt to remove a book or prevent people from accessing it – a ban fulfills this goal. Some books are challenged for a single word or image, while others contain larger themes or ideas that people fear will raise conversations about controversial issues. The Banned & Challenged Books List includes everything from children’s picture books such as Eric Carle’s Draw Me A Star, to popular teen novels such as the Harry Potter series, to award-winning and highly-regarded classics like The Great Gatsby! Banned Books Week is designed to help readers of all ages and interests think deeply about their reading choices, and above all to enjoy the fact that they have the right to decide what they read.
Why read banned books?
Many banned books are high quality, enduring classics, which is why they’re often chosen as required reading in middle and high school curriculums. They allow readers to approach meaningful themes and thought-provoking ideas through the rich lens of literature and provide insight into our lives. The students participating in this event have benefited from their exploration of censorship not only by reading great books, but also by thinking critically about their social and historical context. They’ve used research to enhance their understanding of their books, and have used their newfound knowledge to develop well-informed opinions about the appropriateness and value of their novels and the way they can be affected by censorship.