Entries Tagged as ‘Banned Books Week’

September 29, 2015

Heather Has Two Mommies author, Leslea Newman, for the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out!

Happy Banned Books Week! Today’s Virtual Read-Out video features Leslea Newman, author of the frequently challenged children’s book, Heather Has Two Mommies. This book had been challenged for being anti-family and homosexuality. “It doesn’t matter how many mommies or how many daddies your family has . . . Each family is special. The most important […]

September 25, 2015

Banned Books Week 2015

Banned Books Week 2015, September 27-October 3, will soon be upon us! What will you be doing to celebrate the freedom to read? Below are several ways you can participate in this year’s festivities and they are all FREE. Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out! For the fifth year in a row, ALA and the sponsors […]

May 21, 2015

Send us a photo of yourself with your favorite banned book and win a registration to ALA

(Cross posted from SAGE Publications) Are you a librarian who believes in wide access to literature? Are you willing to add your face to those who believe in the freedom to read? Would you also appreciate a free registration to an ALA conference? Then show us your enthusiasm and you could win!   From now […]

April 22, 2015

Banned Books Week celebrates Young Adult books in 2015

  Young Adult books will be the focus of Banned Books Week in 2015, the event’s national planning committee announced today. Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will run from September 27 through October 3, 2015, and will be observed in libraries, schools, bookstores and other community settings across the […]

April 17, 2015

2014 Most Frequently Challenged Books List

The Office for Intellectual Freedom released it’s top most frequently challenged books list of 2014 as part of the State of America’s Library report. In 2014, the OIF received 311 reports regarding attempts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves. Eight of the ten books featured on the 2014 Top Ten List […]

April 15, 2015

Response Concerning the 2015 Banned Books Week Poster

Over the past week, the Office for Intellectual Freedom has reviewed and carefully considered the comments posted to social media, blogs, and listservs concerning the poster for the 2015 Banned Books Week campaign, as well as the two comments sent directly to the office. We also discussed the issues raised by the commenters with many […]

April 14, 2015

How Do We Design a Banned Books Week Campaign?

As we continue to review the questions raised by the controversy regarding the 2015 ALA Banned Books Week poster, we wanted to answer the question about how a poster campaign is selected. We welcome your feedback on this process as we make decisions on the current campaign. Our design process is as follows: We contract with […]

April 13, 2015

Statement on the 2015 Banned Books Week Poster

We are aware of the comments about this year’s poster for Banned Books Week. We appreciate and respect the concern expressed by the commenters on behalf of the individuals and communities served by their libraries, as well as the concern expressed for the association’s work on behalf of diversity and intellectual freedom. We take to […]

October 3, 2014

Persepolis removed, then reinstated in Chatham, IL

It was a quiet but happy day when OIF was informed by librarian Susan Klontz that Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel Persepolis will continue to be read by Glenwood High School seniors in the small Central Illinois town of Chatham. Klontz contacted OIF after the book, which was assigned for a human rights unit, was recalled from the students […]

September 24, 2014

Midweek Round Up: Banned Books Week Across the Country

Cross-posted to bannedbooksweek.org We are already halfway through Banned Books Week, and the response has been overwhelming! There have been so many events, articles, and conversations that it’s hard to keep up. Once again the creativity of those marking this occasion continues to impress. Here are just a few standouts: Dav Pilkey, Creator of CAPTAIN […]