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Let’s Talk About Banned Books: Using Them, Displaying Them, and Dealing with Challenges to Your Library Collection

SLJwebcast BannedBooks2014 Header 550px Lets Talk About Banned Books: Using Them, Displaying Them, and Dealing with Challenges to Your Library CollectionPresented by: Little Brown Books for Young Readers, Open Road Media & School Library Journal

Event Date & Time: Thursday, September 11th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
register button Lets Talk About Banned Books: Using Them, Displaying Them, and Dealing with Challenges to Your Library CollectionSome of the most popular and widely respected children’s and YA books have been challenged in schools and libraries across the country. Banned Books Week is celebrated the last full week in September and strives to make the public aware of books that have been banned or challenged in schools and public libraries, as well as in bookstores and other venues.  What do you do to prepare for those challenges and keep important books in the hands of readers?

Join SLJ for an important discussion with SLJ columnist Pat Scales, along with authors M.E. Kerr and Todd Parr as they provide practical advice when dealing with book challenges and hear the authors’  perspective on their books that have been banned over the years. You’ll also hear from Youth Services librarian Heather Acerro on ways that librarians can celebrate, display, and use these books.

Panelists
Pat Scales – Columnist, School Library Journal. Pat Scales is a retired middle and high school librarian whose program Communicate Through Literature was featured on the Today Show and in various professional journals. She received the ALA/Grolier Award in 1997, and was featured in Library Journal’s first issue of Movers and Shakers in Libraries: People Who Are Shaping the Future of Libraries. Ms. Scales has served as chair of the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, and Wilder Award Committees. She is a past President of the Association of Library Service for Children, a division of the American Library Association. Scales has been actively involved with ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee for a number of years, is a member of the Freedom to Read Foundation, serves as on the Council of Advisers of the National Coalition Against Censorship, and acts as a spokesperson for first amendment issues as they relate to children and young adults. She is the author of Teaching Banned Books: Twelve Guides for Young Readers, Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your School Library and Books Under Fire: A Hit List of Banned and Challenged Children’s Books. She writes a bi-monthly column, Scales on Censorship, for School Library Journal, a monthly column for the Random House website, curriculum guides on children’s and young adult books for a number of publishers, and is a regular contributor to Book Links magazine.
M.E. Kerr – M. E. Kerr was born Marijane Meaker in Auburn, New York. Her interest in writing began with her father, who loved to read, and her mother, who loved to tell stories of neighborhood gossip. Unable to find an agent to represent her work, Meaker became her own agent, and wrote articles and books under a series of pseudonyms: Vin Packer, Ann Aldrich, Laura Winston, M. E. Kerr, and Mary James. As M. E. Kerr, Meaker has produced over twenty novels for young adults and won multiple awards, including the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her lifetime contribution to young adult literature.

Todd Parr
– Todd Parr is the author of more than thirty books for children, including the New York Times bestselling The I Love You Book, The Earth Book, and The Thankful Book. He lives in Berkeley, California. For a complete list of Todd’s books and more information, visit toddparr.com.

Heather Acerro
 – Heather Acerro is the Head of Youth Services at Rochester Public Library (MN) where she is building an innovative, dynamic, and interactive space for children to learn, collaborate and create. She writes reviews for School Library Journal, serves on the board of The Reading Center: Dyslexia Institute of Minnesota and is the current chair of the ALSC Intellectual Freedom Committee.

Moderator
Kiera Parrott – Book Review Editor, School Library Journal

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