Last month, as Mary Beth Tinker and John Tinker celebrated the 50th anniversary of their landmark legal win on behalf of students’ First Amendment rights, they make connections to today’s student activists and the issues students and citizens of all ages are moved to protest.
CCBC releases annual statistics for multicultural children’s books; Wando principal recognized for standing her ground on ‘The Hate U Give’ assignment; Lawsuit alleging Colorado libraries pushed porn is dismissed
Freedom to Read Foundation offers 2019 Banned Books Week grants; Reading teen romance: A mother’s intellectual freedom gut-check; Iowa librarians win legislative victory and more
When I think about the anti-censorship positions I hold as an educator, librarian, and scholar, suddenly I feel like I’m a hypocrite if I put any restrictions on what my daughter reads. Shouldn’t my daughter have the right to explore literature on her own as I did?
Two New eCourses: Privacy and the First Amendment; Andover Public Library will keep transgender children’s books in the kids section; Lawmakers rebuff bid to criminalize use of ‘obscene’ materials in Maine schools
Intellectual Freedom and the Law: Issues and Updates for Meeting Rooms, Drag Queen Storytimes, and Library Displays; Huntington Woods mayor on Drag Queen Storytime: Library events are a local issue; Actions shutting down information and freedom – Interior’s attack on FOIA
New Gloucester lawmaker seeks to ban ‘obscene’ material from public schools; How to identify and report hate speech on social media; Should we ban Tintin and Snowy?
A recently published article critiquing Banned Books Week makes several points that merit consideration, and I hope that reflecting on these critiques can help librarians and intellectual freedom supporters move toward a more thoughtful approach to anti-censorship work.
Drag queen story hour lawsuit dismissed by judge; Why 2019 might finally bring a national privacy law for the US; A look back at the stories that affected libraries
OIF Seeks Censorship Information from 2018; Minorities suffer the most from hate-speech laws; Bill Marden featured on Privacy and Treasures Podcast