This week the ASIJ HS Library, along with other libraries and schools across the United States, is celebrating Banned Books Week, which raises awareness around intellectual freedom and the right to read. This event is endorsed by the Library of Congress, and supported by the American Library Association, the Association of American Publishers and the National Coalition Against Censorship. Started in 1982, Banned Book Week works to counter an increase in bans and challenges in schools, stores and libraries. The theme for 2015 is Young Adult fiction.
In 2014 there were 311 requests of books to be removed or restricted access from libraries and bookstores across the U.S. Some of the books included a National Book Award winner, an ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award winner, and a book by Toni Morrison, a Nobel Prize Winner.
Come check out the banned book display in the HS library this week. There are a lot of great books to choose from!
The ASIJ HS Library has joined the Somewhat Virtual Book Club (#SWVBC) which brings HS students from across the US and beyond together to discuss the same book!
Take a look at their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/swvbc/
One of the best resources that high school students have at their fingertips is our amazing library. This year, the librarians flipped the tables on the new high school students for their orientation. Instead of being told what is where in a lecture that would soon be forgotten, students were challenged to discover different resources in the library and then present to their classmates.
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