The Learning 2.0 School

Shifting Perceptions of Teaching and Learning in and out of the School Library

Celebrate Banned Books Week – Sept 26 – Oct. 3, 2009

Posted by Michelle Torrise on August 8, 2008

I just finished reading my summer copy of YALSA Journal–7.4 (Summer 2009): 4.   In this issue, I was reminded of the upcoming celebration of banned books week that starts on September 26.  I wondered how I might go about celebrating it in a school library.  How can I have the most impact on my students?  I’ll post more about this during the coming weeks, but I read a wonderful quote by the very authentic ambassador of censorship Judy Blume that I wanted to share now.

I believe that censorship grows out of fear, and because fear is contagious, some parents are easily swayed. Book banning satisfies their need to feel in control of their children’s lives. This fear is often disguised as moral outrage. They want to believe that if their children don’t read about it, their children won’t know about it. And if they don’t know about it, it won’t happen.


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