Posts Tagged as ‘banned books’

October 16, 2013

OIF urges Alamogordo, N.M, schools to reinstate Gaiman’s “Neverwhere”

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom has sent a letter to the superintendent of the Alamogordo, N. M., Public Schools, asking that the district rescind its removal of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere from Alamogordo High School classrooms and the library. The ban, which was reported last week, came after a parent complained about content on one page […]

April 17, 2013

Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants tops the frequently challenged books list of 2012

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom released the top ten most frequently challenged books list of 2012 as part of the State of America’s Library Report on Monday, April 15. Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series ranked #1, having been challenged for “offensive language” and “unsuited to age group.” Captain Underpants also appeared on the Top Ten […]

February 5, 2013

Final settlement reached in Davis County

Cross-posted on the Freedom to Read Foundation Blog. A final settlement was reached last week in the Davis County, Utah book removal case. In addition to returning the book In Our Mothers’ House unrestricted to school library shelves, the school district agreed not to remove or restrict access to any library books based on Utah’s […]

June 1, 2012

Want to “bee” the best? Read a banned book!

Last night, the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee took place in Washington, DC.  278 young spellers took the stage over the past week, with national TV cameras capturing the drama.  We at OIF would like to extend a hearty congratulations to all the participants! In perusing the biographies of the contestants, I noticed […]

February 15, 2012

New book details intellectual freedom struggles of librarians

ALA Editions, the American Library Association’s publishing arm, has announced a new volume of stories from librarians who have found themselves facing censorship issues.  Edited by Valerie Nye and Kathy Barco, with a forward by frequently challenged author Ellen Hopkins, “True Stories of Censorship in America’s Libraries” compiles 31 anecdotes written from the front lines.  Included […]

February 8, 2012

Video of John Green at Freedom to Read Foundation author event in Dallas

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January 24, 2012

Resolution Opposing Restriction of Access to Materials and Open Inquiry in Ethnic and Cultural Studies Programs in Arizona

During the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, TX, the Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) believed it necessary that ALA respond with a unified voice to recent news reports highlighting the removal of educational materials in connection with the elimination of Mexican American Studies classes in the Tucson (AZ) Unified School District. REFORMA and other ethnic […]

January 6, 2012

IFAction News Roundup, January 1 – 5

Privacy/Technology NYTimes Op-Ed:  Internet Access Is Not a Human Right  No Warrant Needed for GPS Monitoring, Judge Rules How the Feds Are Tracking Your Kid Related: Data-Crazy Department of Education Throws Privacy Out the Window Daniel Solove: Student Privacy in Peril: Massive Data Gathering With Inadequate Privacy and Security First Amendment Rights Judge Rules ‘Uncomfortable’ […]

January 3, 2012

John Green to highlight Freedom to Read Foundation event in Dallas

On January 22, in conjunction with ALA’s Midwinter Meeting, bestselling Young Adult author John Green will be appearing at the Freedom to Read Foundation’s annual Banned Author Event.  Green, author of the challenged book “Looking for Alaska” and the forthcoming “The Fault in Our Stars,” is a major voice in the YA world, and we’re […]

December 6, 2011

Save the dates in 2012! Choose Privacy Week (May 1-7) & Banned Books Week (Sept 30-Oct 6)

We are pleased to announce the dates of two major Office for Intellectual Freedom initiatives for 2012: The third Choose Privacy Week will be May 1-7, 2012.  Choose Privacy Week posters, bookmarks, buttons, and other resources are available for sale now at the ALA Store.  To stay abreast of Choose Privacy Week announcements, follow @privacyala […]