How is a librarian’s career impacted when they experience a significant material challenge in their library? I decided to ask some librarians about their careers following a challenge. I contacted librarians who experienced a challenge in their library 10 or more years ago, and asked them some questions about their career paths. The following is an interview with Amy Crump, who experienced a challenge to books held in the Marshall (Mo.) Public Library.
Authors Mariko and Jillian Tamaki address being on ALA’s list of the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016, with a statement that touches on the power of narratives and the reality of growing up.
Save your drama for your… school board? This young adult graphic novel takes place in a school — and so do many of the threats to remove it.
Bold, rainbow-colored words take up the back cover of Alex Gino’s George: “Be Who You Are.”
Despite its messages of acceptance and anti-bullying, the children’s memoir ranked No. 4 on the American Library Association’s list of Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016.
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?
Some students were restricted from exploring ‘the Great Perhaps.’ John Green’s ‘Looking for Alaska’ ranked No. 6 on the American Library Association’s Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2016.
Although the back cover of ‘Big Hard Sex Criminals’ boasts in shiny letters ‘for mature readers, duh,’ this graphic novel is listed as No. 7 on the Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016 list.
In ‘Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread,’ Chuck Palahniuk supplies 21 short stories and one novella that ‘disturbs and delights in equal measure,’ according to the publisher. It’s the ‘disturbing’ parts that some library patrons thought no one should read.
One of the censorship reports that OIF received about the ‘Little Bill’ series in 2016 noted the book was challenged because of “offensive language.” But the real reasoning goes much deeper than that. For the first time, one of the Top Ten Challenged Books titles was challenged solely because of the author.