The Small Virtual Library

**SPECIAL EDITION** Week of 10/18/2022

Banned Books Week


Did you know that every year thousands of books are challenged to be removed from school and public libraries all over the world?

That's right, and this week we celebrate your right to choose what you read from your school and public library.

This week's special edition of the Small Virtual Library is all about Banned Books Week!

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

To learn more and see the latest news and events for the week from the American Library Association click here:

Please know that I make every effort to select books and other materials that are appropriate for our school's audience of middle school students from +/- 11-14 years old. That being said, there is a vast difference in each person's comfort level, maturity, and interests in this age group and within each family. Ultimately, it is up to you and your parents to decide what book or other materials are just right for you.

If something doesn't seem to be a good fit, I encourage you to return it and I would be more than happy to help you find something that suits you.

Important info about this Smore:

  • Each book cover will link to a video book trailer or book review so be sure to click on them!
  • I will also list where you can access each book under each cover.

Need something? Contact me via Blend, email, or stop by the library!

Can't find a book you're looking for? You can request books (use the button at the bottom of the Smore) to be added to Sora, our online library.

This Week's Banned Book Recommendations:

This is just a small sample of books that have been challenged and/or banned from libraries.

See the list of the Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books by decade.

Here are some videos to help you get started:


More Ideas for WHAT to read below:

2022 Lone Star Book List

Click the Lone Star logo to see the entire Lone Star Book List.

The Lone Star Reading List is developed by public and school librarians from the Young Adult Round Table. The purpose of the list is to encourage students in grades 6, 7, or 8 to explore a variety of current books.

2022 Maverick Graphic Novel List

Click the Maverick logo to see the entire 2022 Maverick list.

The Texas Maverick Graphic Novels Reading List (TMGNRL) is a recommended reading list developed by public and school librarians from the Young Adult Round Table (YART).

See all of the books Ms. Sylvia has recommended in the Small Virtual Library here!

Help complete our stickerboard mural! Click below.

Request an eBook Here

Want an eBook we don't have on one of our online platforms? Click the button above to request it!