Students at TGS had a chance to participate in National Banned Book Week (September 26 – October 1) by joining the American Library Association’s Virtual Read-Out. This exciting opportunity raised awareness about our First Amendment freedoms by allowing participants to video-record themselves reading passages from banned and/or challenged books. The Gregory School library has many books in its collection that have been banned or challenged at an American school or library at some time, and students had an opportunity to select passages from these books.
During this activity, TGS students learned the difference between a banned book and a challenged book; thought about their intellectual freedoms as stated in the First Amendment; and had lively discussions about why certain books might have been banned or challenged. Students were often surprised to find out that some of their favorite books have been the source of conflict and outrage somewhere in our nation.
You can view a compilation video of these readings at TGS YouTube channel.
Serving as The Gregory School librarian has been an intensely rewarding experience because I get to assist students and teachers in a variety of ways. I am daily impressed with the dedication to excellence and the exceptional learning environment that I witness at TGSBeth Cain