“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” First Amendment of the US Constitution
Lawn Boy and Gender Queer: The Trend Toward Book Challenges – Although certain titles are trendy targets now, book challenges will be an issue for the long run. That’s because, ultimately, no book is the perfect fit for every reader, especially works that tackle difficult topics reflecting real-world circumstances. But one reader’s objection is not a license to restrict all other readers from the book. Find helpful resources and tips on dealing with school library challenges to these two banned books.
The LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund is devoted to the support, maintenance, and welfare of librarians who are denied employment rights because of discrimination or because of their defense of intellectual freedom.
“During the Facebook Live conversation with Jason Reynolds, he was asked “What do you think people are afraid of?” when they ban books. Reynolds responded: “There are many, many adults who are terrified of being challenged…because what happens is we will then be forced to grapple with our own biases, to grapple with our own ignorance.” Later in the conversation he added, “You’ve got to trust your kids a little more.” In an article for NPR, “During Banned Books Week, Readers Explore What It Means To Challenge Texts”
The Banned Books Week Coalition is delighted to host some amazing creators during Banned Books Week, September 26 – October 2, including a warm-up even with comics superstar Gene Luen Yang, Facebook Live events with the creators of the banned children’s books Something Happened in Our Town and One of a Kind Like Me and Banned Books Week Honorary Chair Jason Reynolds, and Twitter chats with Laurie Halse Anderson and Alex Gino!
This upcoming #BannedBooksWeek is a reminder of the unifying power of stories and the divisiveness of censorship. Full press release: https://bit.ly/3CbsZaN
At a time when LGBTQIA+ books and books that focus on racism and racial justice are challenged for removal from library and school bookshelves, this year’s Banned Books Week, Sept. 26 – Oct. 2, is a reminder of the unifying power of stories and the divisiveness of censorship. This year’s theme is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.” and it underscores how books reach across boundaries and build connections between readers.
Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community, including librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types, supporting the freedom to seek out, read and express ideas, even ideas that contain uncomfortable truths.
“As we promote the value of a library card this month (and throughout the year), we do so with the conviction that access to libraries opens worlds of opportunities.” A Seat for All from ALA President Patty Wong
“Rhonda Evans rose from ALA Emerging Leader to Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table in just one year – and shows no signs of slowing down. She brings expertise, energy, and encouragement to her new IFRT leadership role, and invites all library workers to get involved in intellectual freedom issues.” Intellectual Freedom Blog
The American Library Association is committed to upholding our core values, which include equitable access to knowledge, social justice, and intellectual freedom. As members of a profession committed to free and equitable access to information and the pursuit of truth, we stand firm in opposing any effort to suppress knowledge, to label “controversial” views, or dictate what is orthodox in history, politics, or belief.