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November 25, 2014

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Free Speech Matters: National Coalition Against Censorship’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

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SLJ was on hand to fete the 40th anniversary celebration of the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) on November 3 with luminaries from the children’s literature and YA world, including honorees Neil Gaiman and Robie Harris, and NCAC co-chair Judy Blume.

Library Opening $2M Teen Learning Lab; Winners of Censorship Essay Contest; PBS Productivity Tools | News Bites

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This month’s industry news features a $2 million Teen Learning Lab launching in Memphis, the winners of a National Coalition Against Censorship essay contest about The Miseducation of Cameron Post, and STEAM mini-grants from ALSC.

NYPL Censorship Salon Focuses on Self-Censorship, Book Rating Trend

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Participants in a New York Public Library Children’s Literature Salon discussed pressing censorship issues, from self-censorship by authors and librarians to schools that rate titles for appropriateness, and the chilling impact a challenge can have on a book.

NCAC Honors YA Author Sherman Alexie as Defender of Free Speech

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More than 200 people gathered on Tuesday in New York City to toast YA author Sherman Alexie, who was being honored by the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) at its annual “Free Speech Matters” event. NJ librarian Wilma J. Grey was also honored.

Kids’ Right to Read Project Urges NM High School Not to Ban ‘Neverwhere’

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The Kids’ Right to Read Project (KRRP) announced that it has urged New Mexico’s Alamogordo Public School district to return Neil Gaiman’s urban fantasy novel Neverwhere to high school English classrooms.

Alexie’s ‘True Diary’ Removed from NYC School’s Summer Reading List

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The inclusion of Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian—winner of the 2007 National Book Award—on a required summer reading list for sixth graders has raised the ire of a group of parents in Belle Harbor, NY, who have successfully called for its removal, the Daily News has reported.

NCAC Film Fest Celebrates Free Expression

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A host of teen filmmakers were on hand this Saturday at the New York Film Academy for Youth Voices Uncensored, a screening of the winners of The National Coalition Against Censorship’s Youth Free Expression Project’s film contest, which tackled the topic of book banning.

New Bites: Cast Your Vote for Free Expression in NCAC’s Teen Film Contest

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Check out the latest News Bites for information on the National Coalition Against Censorship’s FIlm Contest, books for GLBTQ Youth, and the latest ebook news.

Video of the Week: A Semifinalist in the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Film Contest

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Watch a short film by a semifinalist in the National Coalition Against Censorship’s 2012 Youth Free Expression Project Film Contest.

Ellen Hopkins, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, and Chris Finan are Honored for their Roles Battling Literary Censorship

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New York Times best-selling author Ellen Hopkins, Newbery medalist Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, and First Amendment activist Chris Finan were all recognized by the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) on November 12 for their work defending free speech.

Pictures of the Week: National Coalition Against Censorship Award Gala; National Book Award Ceremony

Award-winning author Ellen Hopkins, left, was honored at NCAC's ceremony on Monday, November 12. Pictured also, Pat Scales, whose SLJ column "Scales on Censorship" tackles tough questions from teachers and librarians.

A variety of authors were celebrated this week at both the National Coalition Against Censorship Award Gala and the National Book Award Ceremony.