Teachers aren’t the only ones caught reading banned books!  We’ve corrupted the student population!!

I am the Most Wanted, after all. What did you expect?


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?

Banned Book Week!

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!