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High School Library: Danger of limiting choices

By participating in Banned Book Week, the Simon Lawrence Library challenges students to learn about historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools.

If we want to foster a true love of reading within our students, we need to stop limiting their choices in books and allow them to find their own reading identities, regardless of Lexile level, genre, or page count. Beth Jarzabek

Banned Book Week 2019

As you already know, the Simon Lawrence Library participates in Banned Book Week, a worldwide awareness campaign for readers and writers to celebrate the freedom of reading. We support and promote Banned Books Week in order to display and draw attention to books that are still being banned and challenged today in many libraries around the world. According to ALA (American Library Association), Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookshops and libraries across the United States. It became an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and spotlighting current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. We would like our students to engage with some of banned or challenged books in support of the freedom to seek and express ideas. If you are interested in reading more books, please find detailed information for the lists of frequently challenged books on the ALA website. Should you have any concerns, questions or opinions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr DK at libraryhs@standrews.ac.th at St Andrews International School Bangkok.

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