Quite possibly the most ironic banned book of all time, Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, (which can be found in FIC BRA) is going to be our closing book for banned book week!
Those who took freshman English may remember this book as either a fascinating read about censorship and the importance of being culturally aware, or a book that had a cool cover but you used Sparknotes to pass the tests so you didn't read it (for the latter, you missed out on an incredible read.)
The book follows Guy Montag, a fireman who's job is to burn books and "keep the public safe" from the horrors of literature. As time goes on Guy realizes the weight of his actions and the importance of books to who we are as a society, and that the most heinous act is to burn knowledge itself. The book has been banned for its use of "bad language" and its depiction of a scene where the Bible gets burned. It portrays a desolate future where humanity's greatest achievements are seen as only kindling, and we here at Brooklyn Tech are celebrating those books that have been deemed burnable not only this week but all year!
This Friday is the start of a new trend on this insta called "Fahrenheit Friday" where we will go over a banned book every Friday. --HP
Here at BTHS, our own English teacher, Giancarlo Malchiodi, teaches Fahrenheit 451 in a Science Fiction unit. He wants students to think beyond the burning of books and do research about the challenging and banning of ideas. Students learn about some of their favorite books that have been banned or challenged and then share posters of what they have found. Look for them in the halls this spring! --JF
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A gripping tale of modern love for a great cause, Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan, is a heartwarming tale of two boys who intend to break the world record for kissing in honor of those who died from the AIDS epidemic. While well-written and poignant, the book has been challenged at many libraries for "condoning acts of public affection" and for its "provocative" cover. Here at tech we pride (pun intended) ourselves in being a welcoming community and also encourage you to celebrate Banned Books Week by reading a challenged book!
You can find Two Boys Kissing at FIC LEV or on the Banned Book display.
Few books have had such a gripping and accurate portrayal of adolescence than The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky. Following the journal of a boy named Charlie and his experiences, it tackles the very real problems that are faced while growing up and adulthood. While beautifully crafted, the book also ranks as one of the most banned books in American libraries.
Due to its description of drug use, sex, and violence (yes it deals with everything and yes I use the Oxford comma) it has been banned in many places.
Despite this we carry it in FIC CHB, and believe that it is always important for you to find a book that relates to you, and we will always help you find it. --HP
To kick off national banned book week we will be discussing the most widely banned series of books of all time, Harry Potter. Though widely loved by wizards and muggles alike, the book has been banned and even publicly burned in a variety of places for its political and religious views. Written by J.K Rowling the book follows a the wizard Harry Potter through his adventures at the wizard of school Hogwarts.
The book has been banned for its views portrayal of witchcraft, as many Christians claim that it is in "direct conflict" with the Bible. It has also been banned for being too dark for younger readers to handle or for being a bad influence. Despite all this, we here at the Brooklyn Tech library believe that it is your right to read what you want, and because of that we will always support you in your pursuit of reading!
We have the Harry Potter books in FIC ROW and we hope you love it just as much as we do. --HP
Ms. Ferguson is one of the librarians at the Brooklyn Tech Library. We look forward to seeing you in the library!