banned books week 2013

The ALA’s Banned Books Week is starting today (September 22-28, 2013) so it seems appropriate there’s been an increase in articles about books and censorship in the States. A few notable recent examples include:

I find the two YA issues linked above kind of interesting because, technically they don’t fiti into Banned Books. The challenges there were about the authors themselves being challenged and disinvited. Their books haven’t been removed from libraries, but they’ve been pushed away as people who might say dangerous things. Librarians wanted to bring them in and bureaucrats pushed back. I think that’s sad.

But anyway, in keeping with the spirit of the week: Books still get challenged. School boards aren’t necessarily run by librarians or others who want to have controversial information available to people. The ALA wants you to know that, and that it’s librarians who help make sure people can read anything.


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