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Banned Books Week Tweens Online Book Club (8-12 yr. olds)

October 3, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PDT


In this 90 minute ZOOM program, children will learn about our Freedom to Read right under the U.S. Constitution, San Jose Public Library’s support for the Library Bill of Rights, and learn these concepts /share these experiences.

  1. Censorship defined. Recognize variety of recurring themes over why books have been censored throughout history.
  2. San Jose Public Library’s mission statement, “San José Public Library enriches lives by fostering lifelong learning and by ensuring that every member of the community has access to a vast array of ideas and information.”  San Jose’s support for the Library Bill of Rights.
  3. Child participants may share their reactions to either of these two books: George, or I am Jazz (or any one from ALA’s ten most challenged books in 2018 or 2019) The meeting will not be recorded; the chat will be monitored by a second librarian.
  4. Play a game to check for understanding of the vocabulary and using titles or authors that have appeared on past “banned books” lists.”
    Registration is required, and limited to California residents, 8 – 12 years of age at the time of the class (their adult may attend with them using the same computer login.