What Is Banned Book Week

Banned Book Week, the American Library Association’s annual event which celebrates intellectual freedom and an individual’s freedom to read, has taken over Ottauquechee School!  Before I post photos of what’s going on at OQS specifically, I wanted to be sure to share the thought process behind this event.

One of my greatest privileges as a librarian is the knowledge that I am making information of all types available to students with open hearts and inquisitive minds.  I do not censor what books are purchased for the library, and I hope that all viewpoints and perspectives are present in all areas of the library, from fiction to biographies to picture books to the non-fiction.  My job is to help guide your students in their inquiry, not to decide which information is “right.”  Besides any question of age-appropriateness, I can’t think of any reason to keep a book out of the hands of a person who is seeking knowledge.

And the American Library Association agrees with me.  Learn more here.

I already had a rousing discussion with fourth grade today about why a book would be challenged, how they would feel to have information censored from them, and whether or not this kind of censorship exists in this country.  All amazing and thought-provoking questions and answers.  Why not ask your student what he or she is learning about banned books this week?

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