By: James LaRue Librarianship faces a crisis, resulting from the intersection of five trends: the rise of challenges to diverse content, the demand for more diverse content, the failure of […]
If you look at the first three reasons for book banning, you can see that they all are based on some kind of moral code. Some belief that these books contain material that is morally wrong or offensive. The fact that books about race and LGBTQIA issues are banned for these reasons is problematic and hurtful.
In an increasingly digital world, it is no surprise that the lines between print and online media are likewise becoming blurrier. Nearly every type of print media has a digital counterpart. As a result, the library profession’s attention and efforts to preserve resource access must move beyond protecting print materials to include digital and online materials access as well.
As we celebrate Banned Books Week and the freedom to read, we focus on Banned Websites Awareness Day and the “overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries.”
Then Godless won a National Book Award. At the awards ceremony, Judy Blume delivered a passionate speech about censorship. Later that evening, after one too many glasses of wine, I said to her, “Hey Judy, how do I get my book challenged?” She replied, in a tone that made me think of dry ice, “It will happen, and you will not like it.”
Even if you don’t think the reader is “ready” for the nuances of a given book, they’ll gain something from the experience. It doesn’t need to be the same as what you got from the book. Either that, or they’ll decide the experience isn’t enjoyable and stop on their own. But when we learn young that certain books aren’t for us, those lessons go deep. We learn that certain information isn’t for us and that certain ways of being aren’t for us. We are closed off to entire swaths of the world, and of the worlds that people imagine and create for us.
“Did you know that a group of people in Granbury, Texas are trying to ban your book?”
The Office for Intellectual Freedom’s #ShelfieSunday was a success, thanks to the dedicated readers across the U.S. who participated. Here are some of our favorites…
Ten Books-a-Million locations will donate a portion of their sales made on the Saturday of Banned Books Week to the Office for Intellectual Freedom.
September 17, 2016: Victory for Eleanor and Park, Tyrell, & Dope Sick in Virginia! Updates about the textbook in Texas. Controversy regarding trigger warnings. And SO MUCH MORE