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Celebrate Banned Books

Banned Books Week is being observed this year during the week of September 26th (September 26 - October 3). Celebrating “the freedom to read,” Banned Books Week is sponsored annually by the American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of American Publishers, and the National Association of College Stores, and endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Communities, especially libraries, celebrate the week through various types of events. Here are some ways to utilize the week in tutoring sessions:

  • Ask the learner to write an essay about what it means to him or her to have the freedom to read whatever he or she wants.

  • Use this as a chance to write a persuasive letter or essay. The learner can advocate for no censorship or for censorship he or she feels is appropriate.

  • Spend time together looking up online which books have been challenged and then locating them on the shelves.

  • With your learner, read a chapter or excerpt from a book that has been banned or challenged. Discuss why it may have been considered inappropriate for general reading.

For more information on Banned Books Week, you can start with:

The American Library Association


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