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butinmyotherlife:

All of these quotes are from actual challenges I found online.

The quote for Speak though?!?!?!?!?! DO THEY KNOW WHAT THAT BOOK IS ABOUT?

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Highland Park ISD suspends seven books after parents protest their content

robinbenway:

Another day, another seven books banned at a school district. But this article stuck out to me for two reasons.

First, this quote: "Aimee Simms, another parent, urged the English Department to use classics rather than young adult books that ‘dumb down’ literature." Thanks, Aimee Simms! Always a pleasure!

And then this quote from Jeannette Walls, author of “The Glass Castle” and the keynote speaker for the school district’s annual literary festival next February: "What I worry is that in order to protect [the students], we may be taking away the tools they need to protect themselves later on." 

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the problem with book banning in schools is not that the books are banned, it’s the reasons the books are declared “banned” in the first place. Sexual abuse, the cycle of poverty, racism, etc. are issues that kids face in their lives. When a ground of adults come together and say that these subjects are too improper or immoral to even discuss, the message they send to kids dealing with these very issues is that their lives don’t matter, that their problems are so shameful that even through a fictional lens, they can’t be discussed in a public forum with their peers. It negates kids’ experiences, and worse, keeps them from speaking up or asking for help.

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#talklikeapirateday #treasure #ahoymatey #crafty #teenprograms

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We are getting crafty and painting treasure boxes in honor of #TalkLikeAPirateDay! #aargh #westburyteenzone #YAPrograms

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It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day!  Come down to the Teen Zone for DIY Friday to paint your very own treasure box and enjoy some delicious Pirate Booty!  We won’t even make you walk the plank to join us.  Just give us your best AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH!

Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day!

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Listening to #TheFinalCountdown only adds to the thrill of Giant Jenga. #europe #westburyteenzone

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#photobooth #westburyteenzone #SummerCrew #faves

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"If people ever look down upon you for crying for fictional characters, you should give them a gentle, pitying look and feel bad for them. If they’ve never cried for a fictional character, then they’ve never loved one (and what a joy that is). If they’ve never cried at a book, a movie, a piece of music, then they’ve missed one of the great pleasures life has to offer. Just because fiction does not contain things that are real doesn’t mean it doesn’t contain truth, and we find it through the alchemy of our tears."

- Cassandra Clare (via nephilimdaily)

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The all new #selfiestation is LIVE today in the #westburyteenzone. Thanks to @wcplteen14 for the great idea! #props #wigs #excited