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The Librarian of Basra

Title: The Librarian of Basra

Reference: Winter, J. (2005). The Librarian of Basra, Orlando, Florida: Harcourt, Inc.

Annotation: As the rumor of the war reaching Basra Alia Muhammad worries about all the books that are in her possession. 87 more words

Intellectual Freedom

While it can be a little awkward role playing this kind of situation, I found last week’s class to be an informative and practical exercise that will help us in our roles as intellectual freedom advocates in the library. 356 more words


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian -- Sherman Alexie

Genre: Challenged/Banned

This is the story of a young Indian living on a reservation, with just about everything against him. He has medical issues that set him apart, and he looks “funny” and different from the rest of his peers. 424 more words

Reading Log

Philly Youth Browse Banned Books

Last week, students in the Karabots Junior Fellows and Teva Pharmaceuticals Internship Programs tackled some controversial reading material. September 25-October 1 marked the celebration of Banned Books Week.  395 more words

Karabots Junior Fellows

Thoughts About Banned and Challenged Books

This past week in the United States was known as Banned Books Week. For those who don’t know, it’s an annual awareness campaign that emphasizes our First Amendment rights to the freedom to having books that include viewpoints that may be a little different. 813 more words

Human Beings

Banned Books Week: Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
By Alison Bechdel

Reasons for Challenges:  Violence and other (“graphic images”)

This is a graphic-memoir exploring Alison Bechdel’s relationship with her father alongside her personal exploration of self.   475 more words



Happy #BannedBooksWeek fair readers! I thought I’d pause briefly in the midst of my creative writing tips and literary analysis to pay tribute to this important awareness project and celebrate our freedom to read. 989 more words