The best way to celebrate Banned Book Week? By reading banned books and discussing the right to reading freedom with your family and friends! Chances are that you've read and loved a banned book in your past and don't even know it!
Did you know that each year the American Library Association pays homage to the freedom to read by taking a look at book bans and challenges of the past and present? Often we think about book bans as a thing of the past, but each year as summer reading comes around, a new tide of banned books surge forward.
Banned Books Week is a chance to discuss the value of free expression and how important it is for each and every person to express him or herself in order to paint a full and more realistic picture of the world we live in for readers. Many of our most beloved books have in fact been banned or challenged at one time because these boundary pushers offered new perspectives, challenging the status quo. Even picture books, like the ever popular Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, have been banned!
Check out the infographics below for the numbers on recent bans and challenges. The following post will offer a look at the titles that we celebrate in our Learning Commons collection that have been banned in certain areas!
Last week was the first five-day school week and I can't tell you how excited I now am for the rest of this coming year! Instead of doing all the talking myself about what a great week it's been, I decided to put together an infographic to show the Learning Commons first week in numbers. I love infographics because data can be hard to make sense of when its compiled into spreadsheets and tables. But pictures and representations can really bring data to life! I hope to use infographics with students sometime this year, and there are quite a few free creation tools available, like the one I used for this called easel.ly.
Visuals make all the difference! The first week Learning Commons usage and circulation statistics are a great start for the beginning of the year, and I can't wait to see how they evolve in the next month. I also have got to get started on getting all those new books onto the shelves, yikes!
Meet your new Media Specialist, Ms. McCall!
6th, 7th and 8th grade students, welcome back!
5th grade students, welcome welcome! I too am starting fresh at this brand new Galvin Middle School building. Could we be starting middle school (or in my case, a middle school job) at a better time?!
In order to get to know me a little better, I thought what better way than learn about me than share my interests!
My interests start with this very summer-esque selfie! I love music and festivals that host dozens of musicians all in the same place. I've driven as far as Tennessee to attend them! My most favorite event of the year is a more local one, Newport Folk Festival right here in New England in the coastal town of Newport, Rhode Island. To read more, click on the "Read More" below.