Librarians and booksellers create displays with cover art facing out in an effort to lure readers to a title they might not otherwise find … What is it about David Levithan’s novel that its cover gets called out and challenged but others with kissing, gay and straight, don’t? Is it the fact that ‘Two Boys Kissing’ is an extraordinary, stunning, award-winning bestselling novel?
Published in 2013, ‘Eleanor & Park’ is a young adult novel of first love, acceptance, and self-image. For the first time, this New York Times bestseller is listed on ALA’s Top Ten Challenged Books list, clocking in at No. 10.
The list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2016 is here. This year’s list explores a range of genres (young adult, fiction, memoir) and formats (novels, graphic novels, picture books), but they have one thing in common: each book was threatened with removal from spaces where diverse ideas and perspectives should be welcomed.
The annual list is compiled by the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF); OIF calculates the Top Ten by documenting public media articles of challenges, and censorship reports submitted through the office’s reporting form.
Jamie LaRue, director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, wrote a letter to the school board and administrators at Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District, urging them to initiate a reconsideration procedure and allow for fair and free evaluation of ‘Jacob’s New Dress.’
We are often asked why we have libraries in the age of Google. We just have been given the perfect opportunity to prove our worth. Will we open the discussion and grab it?
Gutless and Animal Farm removed. Protecting Teen Privacy. Filtering Library Wi-Fi. Rowling Responds to Burning Harry Potter Books. And the Riots at Berkeley
January 27, 2017- Information about government censorship and updates on the Virginia Board of Education rejection of red-flagging books and the censorship of a student’s painting in a U.S. Capitol building. It’s a double issue with lots of news, don’t miss out!
Reporting challenges to ALA helps us provide better information and support to librarians and teachers facing similar challenges. OIF uses the reports for statistical purposes, allowing us to analyze trends, share data on censorship issues, and educate the public about what books are under threat and why. Please send us any info on challenges in your state or region from 2016.
Salt Lake County Library Services is sponsoring a year of inclusion. Every library has a month and a theme. All staff meetings with all 19 branches emphasize inclusion and shared experiences.
January 13, 2017 – All Douglas County libraries (OR) to close, Email Privacy Act, and a fond farewell to Nat Hentoff.