To ban or not to ban, that is the question!


As Banned Books Week 2014 comes to a close, The Bibliophile Read-a-force (our book club for grades 6-8) met to discuss censorship.  I’ve worked as a librarian for 4 years and each year during Banned Book Week I’m always amazed at the list of banned books and the reasons why they have been banned or challenged.  This year was the first time I took a minute to really think about our right to information and the effect that banning a book could have.  The bibliophiles had a great discussion exploring potential reasons why people would feel the need to challenge a book, as well reasons why banning books could be detrimental to individuals and society as a whole.

It wasn’t all serious, of course:


Many of the bibliophiles also worked on logos for our upcoming Rainbow Readers Race color run (more info about that coming soon!)


How did you celebrate Banned Books Week?



Filed under book club, middle school group

4 responses to “To ban or not to ban, that is the question!

  1. I think that I’ve read most of the banned books and have a tough time figuring out just WHY they were banned. Authors are thrilled when their books are banned. It makes people curious and they check out or buy the book. Human curiosity.


  2. Looks like fun! I admire your willingness to jump into such a serious subject with this age group. Looks like you accomplished the difficult trick of having fun while learning. Well done!

    • Thanks, Jess! To be honest, I was a little nervous about this meeting because I don’t feel that I have a lot of knowledge about banned books. Once the kids understood the concepts, the debate took off and a lot of interesting points were raised. For example, someone asked why books are banned and movies are not, so that lead to a whole discussion about ratings. Definitely a lot of food for thought! On a different subject, have you read Reading in the Wild?

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