Banned Book Week: A Celebration

School and town libraries around the country are celebrating Banned Book Week by taking the time to read and discuss books banned for certain reasons, as well as the ethics behind such censorship. Our very own St. Luke’s librarian, Elizabeth Nelson, gave an impassioned meditation about our freedom to read what we choose, evoking the spirit of what makes Banned Book Week so special. Nelson spoke of how she came to experience the gift of reading and how it should never be taken for granted, as well as her own experience with challenged novels such as The Chocolate War.

 

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You’d be surprised at the books that have landed on the list of banned books in recent years.  These include young adult books such as The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Looking for Alaska by John Green, and classic novels such as The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

 

Mrs. Nelson spoke of the freedom to read what we choose to read at St. Luke’s, and that this opportunity should be extremely important to all of us. Reading banned and challenged books open our eyes to the social injustices around the world. Books written on controversial topics are informative and insightful and help us as we strive to be more socially responsible.  Pick up a banned book this week in the library, and exercise your right to read whatever you want to.

 

It is then and only then that we can fully understand the privilege and the great significance of this celebration.

 

Porter Bowman, Staff Writer

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