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Prioritizing Intellectual Freedom & Privacy: Your Itinerary for ALA Annual 2023
Whether you’re a seasoned advocate or new to ALA Annual, we encourage you to prioritize the many events focusing on intellectual freedom and library privacy. In an era marked by rising censorship and attempts to limit intellectual freedom, it’s more crucial than ever for library workers to champion these fundamental principles of a healthy democracy.
Intellectual Freedom @ LibLearnX
The Intellectual Freedom Round Table, as well as the Office of Intellectual Freedom, are excited for the diverse slate of programs at LibLearnX. A registration link for the conference can be found here (please consider attending!), but the programs we’re most excited for, as you can imagine, deal directly with issues of intellectual freedom.
Fall IFRT All Membership Gathering
The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) invites all current members to attend our fall All Member Gathering of IFRT on Friday, October 22nd, 2021 from 4pm-5pm (Central Time). This virtual gathering will feature Banned Books Week show and tell, trivia, and time to chat and meet other IFRT members.
Banned Books Week — More Than a Display
For the past couple years I have been trying to amp up my Banned Books Week program ideas so it is more than just a display. Here are some of the ideas I have come across over the years. Maybe at the very least, it can get your creative juices flowing.
Freedom to Read Foundation Banned Book Week Grant Recipients
Every year the Freedom to Read Foundation awards libraries with grants to facilitate programming, outreach, displays and other promotional work around Banned Books Week. These grants are funded out of the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund. This year’s banned book week theme is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.” and will take place at libraries, schools, and booksellers around the country on Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2021. This year four public libraries and one school library were awarded grants.
Banned Books Week 2021 Events Across the Country
Banned Books Week is just around the corner (Sept. 26 – Oct. 2, 2021)! Here’s how some libraries, bookstores, and museums are celebrating!
Drag Queen Storytime Continues to Stir Up Controversy as Well as Excitement Among Library Patrons
Since its creation in 2015, Drag Queen Storytime or Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH), as the official organization calls it, has gained as much negative attention as it has positive among library patrons and community members.. In 2019, 30 challenges were reported to the OIF for Drag Queen Storytimes and other Pride related events. But there are many Drag Queen Storytime fans and advocates out there as well, with LGBT-friendly churches stepping in to host events when libraries no longer can, to people coming to these events to show their love and support in the face of angry protesters. And while these programs tend to draw in big crowds because they are fun, they also have educational benefits as well.
Apply Now for a Banned Books Week Celebration Grant
Show off your best anti-censorship programs and displays, and apply now through June 4 for a Banned Books Week Celebration Grant.
New from ALSC: Intellectual Freedom Programming Toolkit
The ALSC Intellectual Freedom Committee has just released their Intellectual Freedom Programming Toolkit. Intellectual freedom is not just for Banned Books Week, and this toolkit offers ways to provide bitesize servings of important IF concepts at any time of year. Rather than replacing existing programs with IF-centered activities, we can embed those ideas in popular programming that’s already being done.
ALA’s new publication “Media Literacy in the Library: A Guide for Library Practitioners”: Interviews with contributors Dr. Nicole A. Cooke and Kristen Calvert
Learn more about how ALA is helping librarians learn more about media literacy through its new publication “Media Literacy in the Library,” featuring an interview with 2 contributors, Dr. Nicole A. Cooke and Kristen Calvert.
Where are the drag kings?
But….let’s face it, many members of the DQ community especially have grossly exaggerated ~ or even distorted ~ female attributes.
What age is the DQRH targeting?Aren’t there age-appropriate considerations, just as with all new information shared with kids?
OK, maybe if children meet the DQ/K community at that age, it may help them to accept difference and not be hostile or worse when older…..
But I’d think 4th/5th grade is possibly OK timing. At that age a child can understand how some entertainers present themselves. And, the kids could read to the adults!