Happy Saturday Everyone!
This "week" will be a little different around the lair. I'm starting off on Saturday with the start of Banned Books Week. Sheila over at Book Journey is going all out for Banned Books Week. I have a soft spot for banned books and have several reviews and soapbox type posts in my archives. This week I'm dragging them out again. With commentary.
from an ALA newsletter: "Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the National Association of College Stores. It is endorsed by the Library of Congress Center for the Book. In 2011, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund; National Coalition Against Censorship; national Council of Teachers of English; and PEN American Center also signed on as sponsors."
Let's start with The Difference between Banned and Challenged. From an article at ALA.org: "A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. Due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection."
Scary thought....did you see that MOST challenges are unsuccessful? That's great but it means that some are successful. We must fight this!
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