Banned Books Week


We're a week late since we were still celebrating One School One Book last week during National Banned Books Week, but we are raising awareness of banned and challenged books at Monarch for the next couple weeks. These books are all available in our library, but in other places in our country, people have chosen to try (sometimes successfully, sometimes not) to remove these books so no one can read them. We can disagree with a book's content or we may not like certain characters and the way they act. We can of course choose not to read these books. But we don't get to decide for anyone else whether or not they get to read these books. That's the great thing about our country and the First Amendment. We get to be surrounded by all sorts of different ideas and then we use that information to decide for ourselves. I hope you'll take a look at some of these books and that it will only be the beginning of some great conversations about their characters and ideas. As the American Library Association says, "Censorship leaves us in the dark. Keep the lights on."


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