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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: the North Carolina challenge of Ralph Ellison’s The Invisible Man, the challenge of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye in Alabama, the…

CBC’s Q interviews Judy Blume

While cooking a tasty batch of Red Greek Lentils from the Rebar cookbook, I heard Jian Ghomeshi interview Judy Blume on CBC’s Q (16:08-:30:08). I can’t believe that she’s 70 years old now. The introduction was lovely: Name a book that was important to you as a kid. A novel that helped you negotiate the…

Fear and collection development

Linda Braun wrote a fantastic post on the YALSA blog about being afraid of what the community might think when choosing items for a teen collection. She writes: As I kept hearing this comment I thought about how some librarians use “I know my community” as an excuse for not purchasing controversial materials for the…