What a week, filled with intrigue, corruption, illicit and criminal behavior! And that was just on the part of the staff! What more could you ask of National Banned Book week?
To be clear, we at OQS do not condone censorship or the banning of books; in fact, we do everything we can to promote books that are discouraged elsewhere because we believe in an individual’s right to decide, with his or her family’s guidance, what they would like to read. We celebrate that freedom, in fact!
When it comes to the students, however, we definitely played up the reverse psychology aspect of Banned Book week. You should hear a group of third graders when you start discussing how they would feel without the freedom to choose their own books. We had a lot of rabble-rousing in the library this week, and even the threat of a protest! I’ll take a discussion of civil liberties whenever I can get one, especially when it comes to reading!
The piece de resistance came in the form of the Ottauquechee School’s Most Wanted list, including members of the staff who have been found guilty (with accompanying mugshot) of loving books on the banned books list! Way to stand up for your right to read, OQS!
Our resident hooligan, Mr. Clough!
This isn’t even all of the staff members who enthusiastically volunteered to be caught red-handed with their favorite “banned” books. It was such an awesome week with so much enthusiasm and passion for reading that it warmed this librarian’s heart. If your student came home with a surprising book, it’s probably because during our discussion, I explained that somewhere across the country, it is considered a banned book. Nothing motivates kids to do something more than when others tell them they can’t!
So proud of the entire school’s enthusiasm and passion for all books and for reading!