Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Censorship is alive and well, as highlighted by Banned Books Week—and you might be surprised by who the most vocal challengers of books are.
The importance of the First Amendment and the concept of "intellectual freedom" might not always be readily apparent to most kids, but Banned Books Week is a great opportunity to make those lessons come alive for children—and adults. Banned Books Week is held annually during the last week of Sept. (Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2012). The week is an occasion for libraries and bookstores across the U.S. to help folks realize just how real and ongoing a problem censorship is. At the Oak Park Library, staff will celebrate the week by inviting library-goers to pose for a "mug shot" with their favorite banned book. (See some of last year's photos here.) The week after, the Libary's "Idea Box" will feature a "most wanted" wall of the photos. The Oak Park …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The Hunger Games is third on the Top 10 list for 2011. The book has been criticized for being anti-ethnic, anti-family and insensitive and for its offensive language, occult/satanic message and incidents of violence.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The American Library Association (ALA) has released its annual list of the most frequently challenged library books of the year. The list is part of the ALA’s 2012 State of America’s Libraries Report, released April 9 in conjunction with National Library Week (April 8 – 14). The report included a a statement that publishers are limiting library e-book lending. According to the report, the rapid growth of e-books has stimulated increasing demand for them in libraries, but libraries only have limited access to e-books because of restrictions placed on their use by publishers. Macmillan Publishing, Simon and Schuster and Hachette Book Group refused to sell e-books to libraries. HarperCollins imposed an arbitrary 26 loans per e-book license, …
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Tolerance, diversity stave off controversy in Oak Park and River Forest institutions.
The term “banned in Boston” has never crept into Oak Park or River Forest’s phraseology. Libraries and school districts in both communities strongly endorse the freedom to read, the mantra at the heart of Banned Books Week, which begins Saturday and concludes Oct. 1. Sponsored by American Library Association and the American Library Association, Banned Books Week also focuses on the importance of the First Amendment, celebrates the freedom to choose and the freedom to express one's opinion even if it's unorthodox. Banned Books Week centers on the list of books that for one reason or another end up being the most challenged. They're the books routinely yanked from school and public libraries. A YouTube Virtual Read-Out from some volumes is …