Bound to be banned

Sep. 26, 2019 | To highlight Banned Books Week, the Peter G. Holt Memorial Library has been showcasing a collection of controversial books this week.
Always looking for new ways to encourage conversations about literature among the BCS community, our library staff dedicated some shelf space this week to books that have been challenged or removed from libraries throughout history. The initiative is promoted by the American Library Association and Amnesty International to shed light on the importance of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints in literature. While some of the books on display have been challenged for trivial reasons (the often-banned Captain Underpants series), others deal with more serious political, racial, or sexual issues. "Students are always interested in finding out why these books have been banned," commented our Librarian, Mr. Crowther. "It's prompted conversations between students from differing backgrounds which has been really interesting."

Mr. Crowther is looking forward to building off the project in future years and continue the conversation about intellectual freedom and access to information during Freedom to Read Week in February.

Bishop's College School is an independent English-language boarding and day school for grades 7 to 12 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.