CELEBRATING LITERACY DURING BANNED BOOKS WEEK
Banned Books Week, which took place Sept. 23-29 in the United States, is an event that celebrates the freedom to read, as well as the exchange of ideas that results. Founded in the early 1980s by librarian and activist Judith Krug with help from the American Library Association, Banned Books Week raises awareness about efforts to remove books from the shelves of libraries and stores.
GEMS World Academy Chicago, a premier private school, supports and celebrates Banned Books Week. Reading and literacy are key components of the International Baccalaureate curriculum framework in place at GEMS. The school also utilizes the Reader's and Writer's Workshop program developed at Columbia University, a model built on close & critical reading, writing in a broad range of genres and topics, and frequent peer-to-peer exchanges.
Emily Smith, the librarian at GEMS, says that the mission of Banned Books Week fits well with the school's commitment to reading and literacy.