Banned Books Week Draws Attention to Censorship

During the last week of September every year, hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship my mounting displays of challenged books and hosting events.  The 2011 celebration of Banned Books Week was held September 24 – October 1.  With that being break week for Madison East, we celebrated Banned Books week the following week.

Throughout the week students answered trivia questions posted on the Globe University – Madison East Facebook page.  Each day the first student with the correct answer won a prize.  Students were also encouraged to stop in the library throughout the week to check out the collection of banned books.  A library party was hosted on Thursday, October 6th to celebrate banned books week and educate students. 

Cassie Chulick and Anna Ryan discuss one of the featured banned books during the library party.

“Every year, there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from schools and libraries. I love doing something fun to raise awareness of and opposition to censorship,” Librarian Cynthia Bachhuber said, “Plus, nothing makes a book look more appealing than covering it with a large “banned” sign!”