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Banned Books Week Highlights Freedom to Read

Graphic Novels Highlighted

It may surprise some to find out there are hundreds of reported attempts to ban books every year in the United States. It may be even more astounding to hear that since 1990, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has received reports of more than 18,000 attempts to remove materials in schools and libraries for content deemed by some as inappropriate, controversial or even dangerous. 610 more words

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Banned Books Week

By Ellen Hopkins

To you zealots and bigots and false
patriots who live in fear of discourse.
You screamers and banners and burners
who would force books… 807 more words


ALA/OIF --- Intellectual Freedom Manual & Toolkits

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom’s webpage offers a plethora of resources. Two of the most useful resources are the Intellectual Freedom Manual and the Intellectual Freedom Toolkits. 525 more words


Yay for Banned Books Week!

Today is the first day of Banned Books week – a week that we celebrate intellectual freedom and stick it to all those who thought they could silence great art and interesting reads by taking a few books off library shelves and school curriculum. 229 more words


Banned Books Week Starts Today

Every year, around the start of the school year in most parts of the United States, the American Library Association sponsors Banned Books Week. This effort of librarians, booksellers, publishers, authors, readers, and others raises awareness and works against campaigns to remove certain books from school and sometimes public libraries around the country. 363 more words


Intellectual Freedom! Banned Books Week!

The American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom website is incredibly resourceful for librarians to gain an understanding of what intellectual freedom is and why it is so important to protect this freedom.   475 more words

Some explicit comments on appropriate Internet use in libraries

Ever since public libraries began offering access to the Internet, a debate has raged about reasonable limits to intellectual freedom. What content should we restrict library users from accessing? 580 more words