WXVU MAINLINE NEWS MINUTE FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 2
Written by Gabriella Raful on October 3, 2023
By: Gabriella Raful
In recognition of Banned Book Week, the “Banned Books Tour” bookmobile will be in the Keystone State today. Pennsylvania ranks third among states with the most banned books, according to PEN America. Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers president Nina Esposito-Visgitis says they are excited that the bookmobile will be visiting the Helen S. Faison Arts Academy, a K-through-5th-grade school in Homewood.
“Best thing of all is, we’re going to be giving out over 1,000 free books to the students there. And it was so cute. The principal wanted us to get there early so the kids could come and shop for the book they really want.”
Esposito-Visgitis says that in Pennsylvania, the impact of banning books cannot be ignored, as it stifles teaching, hinders students’ intellectual growth and obstructs the path to unde rstanding the world in its entirety.