Students at Terra Vista Middle School participated in Banned Books Week in September, which is an annual campaign by the American Library Association that celebrates the freedom to read, draws attention to banned and challenged books, and highlights persecuted individuals.
Banned Books Week has been celebrated since 1982 and stresses the importance of keeping challenging books publicly available so that people can develop their own conclusions and opinions about the topics or subjects of the books.
TVMS celebrated the week by having students and teachers guess why certain books were banned and then be entered in a drawing to win free books or prizes. Even one of Frenship’s newest police officers was on the list of those caught in the act of reading a banned book.
This year’s theme, “Banning Books Silences Stories,” focused on censorship and a list of the top ten challenged books of 2018 will be released by the American Library Association in April 2019.