Tuesday, September 30, 2014

"Keep the books where they are."

Last week we celebrated Banned Books Week in the Florida High Library. I always love BBW because it sparks awesome, deep, interesting conversations with the students about censorship and what makes literature great.  My favorite thing to hear is "[Insert title of favorite book] is banned??  WHY???? That book is AWESOME!"  This year, some students even thanked me for having their favorite books in our library, since they're banned in other places.


As usual, we put up a big display of highly challenged books and chained them together. We also strung caution tape across the front doorway and on top of some shelves.  Then, we hung quotes about censorship by famous authors in the windows.  We put out the set of window markers and posed 2 questions for the students to respond to: What does Banned Books Week mean to you? and What is your favorite banned book?

I wanted to take photos of the responses to post here, but the photos didn't turn out well.  Instead, I'll just post the children's responses and let their words speak for themselves.

What is your favorite banned book?  (each was written several times)
  • Harry Potter 
  • Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Captain Underpants
  • Divergent
  • The Giver
  • Huck Finn

What does Banned Books Week mean to you?  (Posted here exactly as they appeared in the window)
  • A banned book is a book where the book takes you to a whole diff. world.
  • It means that you can't express yourself like you should be able to do.
  • Banned books makes me die a little inside.
  • I'm glad our library doesn't ban books.
  • No banding books.
  • Most of these books are my favorite! Thanks for having them.
  • Great books that are misunderstood.
  • Keep books
  • They can not be alowed any more.
  • I love the library.
  • Keep the books where they are.
Well said, kids.