Congratulations to the awesome middle school students from Licton Springs K-8 School – they did an amazing job reading aloud selections from banned and challenged books at the Lake City Branch on the evening of Monday, October 6th!
Sherman Alexie himself sent an email of encouragement with these words:
“I love the bravery of these kids reading banned books.
It’s not just an assertion of their right to read but to declare they are in charge of their own imagination.
Tonight we’re celebrating banned books, but we’re also also celebrating these students’ declaration of personal intellectual freedom. Plus they’re reading dorks like me.
I love book geeks! Book Geeks forever!”
This event was a celebration of our freedom to read in honor of Banned Books Week. Students read selections from such diverse books as: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Looking for Alaska, The Hunger Games, Geography Club, Thirteen Reasons Why, Forever, Breathing Underwater, Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, Wild Swans, It Gets Better, Howl, Tom Sawyer, The Lovely Bones, Just Between Us, Four Past Midnight, And Tango Makes Three, Baseball Saved Us…and even the oft-maligned (but ever-popular) Captain Underpants series! Afterward students enjoyed a ‘banned books cake’, checked out challenged books, and took ‘mug shots’: photos of students ‘caught reading a banned book at the library.’
This program required a lot of preparation (and courage!) on the part of the students. Thank you and well-done to all the participating students and their fantastic middle school teacher!