Government officials charged with overseeing public education may frame these attempts at censorship in terms of their pedagogical responsibilities, so it is important to see how these attempts differ from the appropriate use of responsible selection by professional educators and librarians.
Legislation just proposed in Arkansas this week would ban books by or about Howard Zinn from all public schools in the state. The bill, submitted by Representative Kim Hendren, would prohibit any public school district or charter school from including anything written by the controversial Boston University professor between 1959 and his death in 2010.
How are librarians’ careers 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 Johanna Freivalds at the Eileen Johnson Middles School in Lockwood, Montana.
In October, a parent in Issaquah, WA objected at the district school board meeting to the inclusion of ‘Mangaman’ in the high school library.
Our handy bookmark checklist for the 2017 Banned Book Reading Challenge will move you beyond the goal of simply reading more, to reading more of “the good stuff;” the good stuff being those books that have been deemed controversial enough to contain hidden nuggets of imagination, inventiveness, and revelation about life and the human condition.
With the summer movie release of a frequently challenged children’s book, librarians can expect an increase in visibility and circulation of the series.
The number one most challenged book in the ‘90s is the topic of the upcoming “Scary Stories” documentary.
A replica of the Greek Parthenon will be constructed next summer out of 100,000 forbidden books from around the world in Kassel, Germany.
Here are 13 haunting reads to get you psyched for October festivities.
In a nation where there exists chaos and fear, the library is the one place that is neutral, needed, and appreciated.