How A Local High School Celebrates Banned Books Week

The Banned Books book cart in Henninger High School’s library will be on display all week to encourage students to read books that are banned at other schools © 2018 Brianna Langlois.

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By Brianna Langlois SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – This week, students at Henninger High School are encouraged to read the most commonly censored books in honor of Banned Books Week.

The annual event is an international alliance committed to increasing awareness of the freedom to read.

The Henninger High School library does not censor any books. Many books that are forbidden in some schools are freely displayed on the shelves.

According to Colleen Shiel, the head librarian at Henninger High School, some book topics are considered too mature for elementary and middle school readers. On the other hand, high school students are encouraged to read whatever they want.

“I think if a kid is willing to read, no matter what it is, I will be happy for them to read anything,” said Shiel.

The book club and school community encourage students to read year-round, according to Julia Nash, a senior at Henninger High School. The attention surrounding this special week motivates many students to pick up a book.

“They want to know why it’s censored and then it gets them to check out the books because they’re told not to,” said Shiel.

The number one banned book of 2017 was Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher because it deals with teen suicide. Other commonly banned books include To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, and the Harry Potter series.