Celebrating #BannedBooks Week

It's Banned Books Week:  September 24-30, 2017!

Libraries everywhere are celebrating the right to read this week (and honestly, every week Librarians are Freedom Fighters!).  

This year's Top 10 most banned and challenged books list has some real favorites on it for me . (Looking for Alaska!  Eleanor & Park!  Drama!)   I also know many of the books on this list were also favorites of my students.   I always talked to students about how books "fit" you at different times or stages in your life... "the right book, for the right time, in the right hands"...  and if they had a book that didn't fit them at that moment didn't mean it wouldn't at another time.  We always talked about having books in our library for everyone.  Everyone.  I hope those ideas are ones they still remember.  

Out of the ten most challenged books of 2016, I'm sad to say I have only read seven of them.  I'll be on the lookout to change that asap with the three I have not yet read!  Because nothing makes you want to read a book MORE then hearing it's been banned or challenged widely!

It's no secret that Banned Books Week was always one of my most favorite weeks to celebrate in the library. Some older displays have been popping up in my timehop, so I thought I'd share a couple here!


My all time favorite display and activity for Banned Books Week remains the one that was inspired by Jonathan Werner and Nikki Robertson.  That display and activities are detailed here in this blog post.  

I hope you exercise your right to read this week.  Even better, read a banned book & be a #RebelReader!


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