National Library Week is going strong and with it the 2016 Top Ten Most Challenged Books.
Last month the question of didactic art in schools was in the spotlight when Shepard Fairey’s “We the People” posters were removed from Carroll County Public Schools classrooms after complaints that the posters were anti-Trump. School officials claimed the posters violated the district’s policy against political speech by teachers in classrooms.
Jacob’s New Dress, Facial Recognition, and banned horror comics
#SaveIMLS; Howard Zinn; and student journalism about transgender restrooms
Gay “Captain Underpants”; Milo Yiannopoulos; Open Carry in Libraries; and current challenges to “A People’s History of the United States,” “The Color Purple,” “The Bluest Eye,” “The Kite Runner,” “The Catcher in the Rye,” “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” “Stuck in the Middle,” and “The Glass Castle”
In my academic bubble, it’s easy to be shocked by recent attacks on academic freedom. How can I engage with opinions outside the academy?
Challenges to Eleanor & Park, Gutless, The Glass Castle, and This Book is Gay; Why was Juno Dawson uninvited to a school in the UK? And a special Black History Month webinar from the Freedom to Read Foundation about Libraries in the Jim Crow South and the story of a nine black students arrested for using a whites-only library.
Whenever a controversy about the N-word in a work of art makes the news — as it has recently with Cherry Hill High School East’s recent debate about whether to allow the production of ‘Ragtime: The Musical’ to proceed as written — I find myself debating with pieces of my own identity. How would I respond if this controversy entered my community?
At a Des Moines Public Schools School Board meeting last month, board members wore black armbands to honor the legacy of students’ right to free expression, including the right to peaceful political protest. The armbands were a visual link from the recent student walkouts and protests in Des Moines and around the country back to the landmark 1969 Tinker vs. Des Moines Independent School District Supreme Court decision that has forever tied Des Moines to the issue of students’ rights.
In these politically charged times, librarians and educators on every point of the political spectrum are mobilizing to create and share resources to support the civil discourse essential to maintaining intellectual freedom in our schools and community.