SAC salutes access to books during Freedom to Read Week
St. Andrew's College is participating in the Canada-wide initiative encouraging freedom of expression and access to information.
Freedom to Read Week is being celebrated Feb. 20-26. Our Library Advisory Council members presented to Upper School students during the morning assembly on Tuesday. They focused on the current issue in the United States over the banning of Art Spiegelman's book, Maus, by a school board in Tennessee. Maus is a graphic novel about the Holocaust that won a Pulitzer Prize.
"It is one of the more profound books that I have read on the Holocaust," says Dave Stewart, Associate Director, Upper School, who spoke about the book during a gathering in Memorial Chapel Tuesday. "It’s basically a story about a family devastated by the Holocaust, a devastation that continues long after the war ends.”
The Library Advisory Council is also running a Kahoot-quiz competition about other banned books to raise awareness and focus on celebrating our freedom to read materials of our choosing.
According to the Freedom to Read Week website, this annual event encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed to them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.