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From the Library Blog: World Book Week 

By Linda Kruusmägi
A shelf containing old books of various sizes and colours.

World Book Day is a yearly event, celebrated April 23rd, organised by UNESCO as a worldwide tribute to books and reading. According to UNESCO, April 23 is a symbolic day for literature since on that date 1616 both Shakespeare, Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega died. Of course we want to celebrate books and reading in our school as well!

Since not all students are in for the actual World Book Day we will celebrate World Book Week, starting tomorrow April 16th. There will be activities both in the library and online.
For example: 

  • An exhibition of the rare and old books found in the basement of the school
  • Be creative and write your own poetry in the Blackout poetry corner
  • Literature quiz
  • Banned books exhibition
  • Author visit by Seluah Alsaati. This will be online April 22nd at 13:55. If you don’t have class at that time and want to join, send me an email and I will give you the link.

Reading is Power
A few words about why reading is important. World Book Day does not only exist to celebrate the fun in reading. It is also here to remind us how lucky we are to have the possibilities to read and write without fear. 

Limiting both education and forbidding certain books have always been a way to oppress. The more you know the more you might see inequality and understand how society works and how history has brought us here. To educate yourself by reading will make you more critical and start asking questions. It might also make you want to fight the power. This is dangerous for oppressing leaders but also for the movements that are spreading fake news.

To know your facts to crush false arguments and develop an understanding for the world around you are important, but where does fiction come in? Fiction is fiction, someone made it up, right? True, but reading fiction from different periods of time and different parts of the world, written by authors from different classes, ethnicities, genders and age will take you out from your comfort zone of today and right here. It will make your understanding of the world even deeper.

If fiction wasn’t important and dangerous, books wouldn’t have been banned. Throughout history leaders have banned certain books and that is still happening today. For example was Animal Farm by George Orwell banned in the Soviet Union because of its critical description of brutal communist dictatorship. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie sparked riots in Iran after being accused of blasphemy, it was burned on the streets of England and Iran and the author had to flee the country. The Well of Loneliness by Radcliffe Hall was banned in the UK in the beginning of the 20th century because of the description of a lesbian relationship.

These books and more will be featured in our Banned books exhibition in the library. Borrow them, read them and celebrate the fact that you are able to!


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