Like many important authors, Alvarez is no stranger to controversy. Her two most famous books, ‘How the García Girls Lost Their Accents’ and ‘In the Time of Butterflies,’ have both faced multiple challenges. The former is most often challenged for sexuality, while the latter was once apparently challenged ‘because it was a considered a ‘security risk’ because one of the characters drew a diagram of a bomb.’
Freedom of the Press is an important part of our First Amendment Rights. Americans deserve to be well informed about their country, and journalists deserve the right to espouse their opinions about the government. As Thomas Jefferson himself once wrote, “Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.”
Librarians are simple creatures, for the most part. We want to uphold the First Amendment, provide access to information, find the right answer to an asked question, and maybe recommend someone a good book. We are committed to education, accessibility, intellectual freedom, innovation, and maybe cardigans.
Maria Pallante’s resignation has been pretty polarizing. Some see it as proof that the Librarian of Congress is interested in aggressively weakening copyright protections, while others see it as a possibility to finally start strengthening the public domain.