Entries Tagged as ‘Banned Books Week’

June 28, 2014

Sunday intellectual freedom meetings & programs @ #ALAAC14

Here’s your daily list of must-do events at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas! Sunday, June 29 Read A Banned Book at the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out (Day 2) When: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Where: right outside the Exhibit Hall Who: You! Why me?: On Saturday and Sunday, SAGE and OIF invite you to the […]

June 27, 2014

Saturday intellectual freedom meetings & programs @ #ALAAC14

Here’s your daily list of must-do events at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas! Saturday, June 28 Read A Banned Book at the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out When: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Where: right outside the Exhibit Hall Who: You! Why me?: On Saturday and Sunday, SAGE and OIF invite you to the Banned Books […]

June 4, 2014

Banned Books Week 2014 celebrates graphic novels

The American Library Association (ALA), with the national Banned Books Week planning committee, today announced that this year’s celebration of the freedom to read will emphasize a thematic focus on comics and graphic novels.   This year’s Banned Books Week, Sept. 21 – 27, will shine a light on this still misunderstood form of storytelling […]

May 27, 2014

Read A Banned Book at the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out at ALA’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV

What do To Kill a Mockingbird, The Call of the Wild, and The Grapes of Wrath, have in common? Though they are all critical literary representations of our history, each of these texts has been banned or challenged because of their compelling and provocative depictions of real life. Show your support of these and thousands […]

April 14, 2014

Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants tops the most frequently challenged books list for the second year in a row

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom released the top ten most frequently challenged books list of 2013 as part of the State of America’s Libraries Report on Monday, April 15. Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series ranked #1 for the second year in a row. The series had been challenged for “offensive language,” “unsuited to age group,” and “violence” and […]

March 26, 2014

FTRF Krug Fund Banned Books Week event grant applications now open

Cross-posted on Freedom to Read Foundation Blog Applications for Banned Books Week 2014 event grants via the Freedom to Read Foundation’s Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund are now open.  Applications will be accepted through April 30.Click here to apply: http://www.ftrf.org/?2014_KrugBBW.  Here are the application guidelines: Krug Fund Banned Books Week event grant application guidelines 1. Event outline should […]

February 11, 2014

Call for 2013 Challenges

OIF is working to finalize our numbers for 2013 challenges and our annual list of most frequently challenged books. We collect information for our challenge database from both media reports and those submitted by individuals and, while we know that many challenges are never reported, we strive to be as comprehensive as possible. We would […]

September 27, 2013

Banned Books Week Hero spotlight on student activists of Emmaus, PA

The Banned Books Week Hero spotlight of the day goes to student activist Isaiah Zukowski from Emmaus, PA for taking action when the school board considered a challenge to Prep, by Curtis Sittenfeld and Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, by Tom Wolfe, both summer reading books. Read more about why he took action, his thoughts on book […]

September 26, 2013

Banned Books Week Hero spotlight: DaNae Leu, Davis School District, Utah

Today’s Banned Books Week Hero spotlight shines on DeNae Leu. Leu played an integral role in preventing Patricia Polacco’s children’s book In Our Mothers’ House from being placed on restricted access in her school library. According to Wanda Mae Huffaker, chair of the Utah Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee, Leu’s efforts helped to draw national […]

September 25, 2013

“Invisible Man” made visible again by NC school board

Today, in a 6-1 vote, the Randolph County, NC Board of Education voted to rescind its recently enacted ban on Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man.  The original vote to remove it was 5-2. University of Illinois professor Emily Knox attended the hearing and live tweeted the proceeding. Here’s more on the story from Kathi Keys, the local […]

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