Friday, September 19, 2014

Banned Books Week, Sept 21-27

Next week is Banned Books Week, which celebrates the freedom to read. The American Library Association sponsored week, “stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them and the requirement to keep material publicly available so that people can develop their own conclusions and opinions”.

This week in the middle school and high school libraries we will have a display feature some of the books that have been challenged or banned from libraries and schools across the country.

If you’d like more information about banned books week, check out the videos and links below.

Bookmans Does Banned Books (2 min) --
All the books featured in this video have been challenged in a library somewhere in the US. Libraries are often pressured to remove books or redact (black out) parts of books that patrons disagree with.

10 Banned Children Books (3 min) --
Covers 10 children books that are highly challenged or banned around the world.

Bill Moyers on Banned Books Week (3 min) -- 
Really AWESOME overview of what censorship is and what banned books week means. It is last year, so the dates he gives at the end are wrong, but the websites should all still be active.

ALA’s Banned Books Week Website --
Lots of great resources, including lists of challenged/banned books.

ALA’s Frequently Challenged Books Website --
Includes lists of books/authors that challenged. Also includes how ALA tabulates challenges.

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