November 20, 2017

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ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom Wants to Know About Your State’s Challenged Books

The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom wants to know about your state’s 2014 book challenges. The deadline for reporting is Friday, February 27—so find out how to do so here.

Value Judgment | Scales On Censorship

This month, Pat Scales fires back on a principal who nixes the study of a novel with a Buddhist mother-character in a world religions program, a teacher who wants to label library books by reading-level, and a company contracted for book fairs that labels a graphic novel featuring a kiss between two boys as “Mature Content.”

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Appoquinimink School District Board Battles Over Permission Slips for YA Reading

The Appoquinimink (DE) School District has been at the center of a controversy over whether to implement parental permission slips for required and recreational reading.

“Gay Penguin” Book Allowed to Remain in Singapore Libraries

It’s been two zigzag weeks for the National Library Board in Singapore that has been the focus of international media furor since it announced two weeks ago that all copies of the children’s books containing gay themes were not only been banned from the state’s collections, but would be pulped. The international community pushed back, and in a surprising reversal, the National Library Board changed its mind.