Celebrating Banned Books Week
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Celebrating Banned Books Week

This week we are celebrating Banned Books Week at ISUtrecht. While we are very privileged that censorship is not so much of an issue here in The Netherlands, that is unfortunately not the case everywhere in the world. As such, calling students’ attention to censorship and the lack thereof in this school and this country is very important.

By Eleanor Good, secondary librarian

Banned Books Week at IS Utrecht is going to consist of 3 parts:

  1. Virtual Read-Out Videos
  2. Dear Banned Author Letter Writing Campaign
  3. Should This Book Be Banned? Whiteboard

Virtual Read-Out Videos will be done completely by volunteers. If you (or your child(ren) would like to read approximately 3 minutes of a banned or challenged book, I have several in the library on my desk! We will then post them on the school Youtube account as part of the Banned Books Week.

The Dear Banned Author Letter Writing Campaign

We are also encouraging students to write a short postcard to a banned author, thanking them for writing one of their favourite books. I have plenty of these postcards in the library, so if students would like to do this, I am more than happy to drop off postcards to classes and pick them back up again. During the week, we will be taking a sampling and posting them on the the secondary library twitter account throughout the week, then hopefully sending all the postcards to the banned authors after the week is up.

Follow the whiteboard discussion

Should This Book Be Banned? The whiteboard will be located in the main library. Each day, a new banned book will be posted on the whiteboard in the library. Students are encouraged throughout the week to come to the library and write down their comments on why they agree or disagree with this book being banned (or even a simple Yes/No is fine too). Every day we’ll take a picture of the end result and post it on our school Instagram.

If you have any questions, please let me know and thanks so much for celebrating Banned Books Week with me!