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IMG_0478Banned Books Week was September 21st through 27th. To celebrate our freedom to read, we had a display setup in the front of the media center for the event. Students loved our mug shots of students and teachers “caught” reading banned books. They wanted to know why I burned some books too! One student asked if they were so bad I had to burn them. The best questions of all came about as a result of seeing some old favorites on the banned books list.  The question, “Why did they ban this book, Mrs. Borck?” led to some great discussions. “Why would anybody ban Where’s Waldo, Mrs. Borck?” Why indeed!

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Banned Books Week is September 23rd through 27th. To celebrate our freedom to read, we have a display setup in the front of the media center for the event. Students are loving our mug shots of students and teachers “caught” reading banned books. They want to know why I burned some books too!

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This week we are celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Banned Books Week. I am really enjoying the conversations I am having with the kids about banned or challenged books. Why are books banned? What does it mean to challenge a book? Why in the world would “Where’s Waldo” be banned?! Can we still check them out even if they were banned? Did you really burn those books on the bulletin board? Those are just some of the questions our display has caused our students to ask. I also printed out the list of the top 100 banned books from the past two decades for them to look over. When students didn’t know why a book may be on the list, we went to the computer to search for the reason. This developed into some great discussions with kids!

Banned Books Display 2012….Success!!

The shelves in the library display some of the most frequently banned books.

Mug shot taken of our principal, Mr. Yawn because he was caught reading “The Giver”.

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