Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular (Bannedbooksweek).

Banned Books Week 2022 was held this year from September 18 – 24. The theme of this year’s event is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.”

We at MIS celebrated the BANNED Books Week from September 18th to 24th, 2022. The Secondary School Library arranged an activity where students had to match specific famous quotes or passages with the names of the banned books found in our library and research for reasons that led to the ban of these books. Some books that we have in our library are – To Kill the Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies, The Giver, The Great Gatsby, The Maus, The Hate you Give, The Fault in our Stars, The Hunger Games, The Kite Runner, 1984, Animal Farm, All America Boys.

MYP 2 students, Aalya, Amaya and Dohee, winners of the activity, state their opinion as – ‘the books should not be Banned in School. People need to know the dark side of civilization, and realistic books shouldn’t be banned just because they tell the truth.

Students research widened their knowledge that banning books was primarily due to the challenges faced in a society where controversies arose due to different perspectives and lack of acceptance. Some main reasons were LGBTQ+, sexually explicit content, profanity, racial violence, and religious values. 

We are in the era of restricting ideas, and at a time when book bans are continuing to rise, we as a small community can bring awareness about freedom to read and freedom to express.

Sunita Malekar

Secondary School Librarian