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Two weeks ago was Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It notices the value of free and open access to books. Sara Oldenburg, West Salem High School’s Library Media Specialist, honored Banned Book Week by putting together an event in our LMC. She promoted reading of some controversial titles because she wanted to get kids asking questions. Mrs. Oldenburg explained that kids would come in and ask questions like, ‘Why are these banned?’.

Mrs. Oldenburg had a definite positive outcome of the Banned Book Week event in the LMC. She said, “I just wanted to do it here to, first of all, to get kids asking questions.” She also said that some kids wondered what the ‘CENSORED’ slashed across a few books meant, and that made them want to pick it up and see what was behind it. “That’s kind of my main goal is to get more kids reading, and get them excited about coming in here,” says Oldenburg

Banned Book Week draws attention to a number of libraries that ban books like Harry Potter just because of the witchcraft factor in it. Oldenburg states that, “A lot of parents are afraid of what’s out there, and they don’t want their children to know if there’s anything that’s not in their little safe bubble.” This is true for many parents, and Banned Book Week celebrates that it’s okay for kids to read about it because they might learn from it.

It is significant that libraries keep all books available to the public. Oldenburg said, “The more knowledge, the more you read, the more you know how to tackle what’s coming at you in life.” Many agree with her. Books should not be banned because we need them for our everyday life. Reading is a crucial part of the majority of our lives, so it shouldn’t be taken from us.

“I think its exciting, I’m glad it’s bringing kids in. I’m just happy to see kids reading,” concluded Oldenburg.

 

 

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