Banned Books Week Day 4: News, Views & a Video

Banned Books Week, Censorship, Intellectual Freedom Committee

Today, the Huffington Post ran another great slideshow — 10 Graphic Novels and the Shocking Reasons They Frequently Come Under Fire

Programming Librarian, the website of ALA’s Public Programs Office, featured a blog post by OIF Assistant Director Angela Maycock

I Love Libraries continues its week-long series of Banned Books Week feature articles, with Intellectual Freedom Committee chair Julius Jefferson’s, “The Challenge of Living in a Democracy”

Some other great Banned Books Week reads:

The Virginia Beach Public Library Recommends blog will feature banned books all week, starting with The Rabbits’ Wedding (challenged during Jim Crow for advocating miscegenation) and The Satanic Verses.

North Carolina State University enlisted many campus bigwigs to read from their favorite banned books for their excellent “Soundwave” project.

The New York Times Paper Cuts blog covers the role of Twitter in the grassroots “Speak Loudly” response to the recent Missouri challenge to Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak (Twitterers: remember to follow @OIF and use the #bannedbooksweek hashtag!)

And here’s a report from Florida, illustrating perfectly the need for Banned Books Week (although we find it ironic that the book the mother wants to replace Catcher in the Rye with is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn!)

Don’t forget to check out events in Second Life!

Finally, check out this great video from “Don’t Know Much About…” author Kennis Davis:

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