Wow…it has been a busy, busy, busy week in the BI media center. We are sad to see our Banned Books week celebration to come to an end tomorrow. Many students have stopped by to check out our displays and ask questions about banned books. We have circulated classics that normally get overlooked by our students in favor of the more popular contemporary titles, in part thanks to our BBW advertisements. Our daily trivia has also been a huge success with well over 100 participants so far! My favorite activity of the week, though, has been our Banned Books Week Graffiti Wall display (ok – so it is not really a wall, but we work with what we have). Students can list their favorite books or series, memorable quotes from selections, or titles that have survived challenges in other libraries. Even students who have not listed a book on the display stop by to see what books others are recommending. Here are a few photos from early in the week. I don’t think there is too much room left to write on that display now.
It is one of our favorite week’s of the year in the BI media center. We love Banned Books Week because it promotes one of our favorite things – reading! It also encourages us all to reflect on core American values, like our freedom of speech. According to the American Library Association:
Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.
Although many books and favorite authors have been challenged across this country, most books are never removed from collections or banned from libraries. To celebrate at Bradwell this week, we have created a Banned Books Week display featuring popular challenged books. We also have a graffiti wall where students can leave comments about their favorite challenged books. In addition, we will have a daily trivia question that features a frequently challenged book. Prizes will be awarded daily!
Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association