THIS SUMMER, CELEBRATE YOUR FREEDOM TO READ!

CHARIHO HIGH SCHOOL 2015 SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Grades 9 - 12

 

All students are expected to celebrate their freedom to read by participating in the Chariho High School summer reading program.

Directions:

1.  Select one book from the attached list of challenged and banned books.

2.  Complete the Virtual Read-Out assignment to receive a pass to the "Banned Book Break" celebration in September.

3.  Students with passes will be invited to our "Banned Book Break" to enjoy healthy snacks and view a selection of Virtual Read-Outs.  Participants will also have the chance to win an iTunes' gift card and other prizes.

 

 Why celebrate the freedom to read?

 

The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack. Private groups and public authorities in various parts of the country are working to remove or limit access to reading materials, to censor content in schools, to label "controversial" views, to distribute lists of "objectionable" books or authors, and to purge libraries. These actions apparently rise from a view that our national tradition of free expression is no longer valid; that censorship and suppression are needed to counter threats to safety or national security, as well as to avoid the subversion of politics and the corruption of morals. We, as individuals devoted to reading and as librarians and publishers responsible for disseminating ideas, wish to assert the public interest in the preservation of the freedom to read. - Statement originally issued by the American Library Assocaition in 1953.

  

View this video to find out more about the American Library's Banned Book Week. 

 

Check out the following websites for more information about challenged and banned books:

American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression

American Library Association

Central Connecticut State University Curriculum Lab

Marshall University Libraries

National Coalition Against Censorship

PBS - NOW with Bill Moyer

The First Amendment in Schools

 

 

 

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