June 24, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Bully Principal Missed Opportunity | Scales on Censorship

Parent with Caldecott concerns, a librarian fears “Vincent and Theo” content issues (again), and an administrator who cracks down on students’ rights: Pat Scales sets them straight.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Parental Demands and Accusations | Scales on Censorship

One mother accuses a librarian of “stunting her daughter’s intellectual growth,” while another says lack of policing child’s book choices gave her son nightmares.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Foiled by Curses | Scales on Censorship

Shiloh’s curse words; a visiting author’s objectionable language; complaints about “A Day No Pigs Would Die”

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Pat Scales Special Collections Room Opens | Picture of the Week

The Pat Scales Special Collections Room opened at the Carmichael Library on the campus of Scales’s alma mater, the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, AL.

Too Edgy for the Kids’ Section? | Scales on Censorship

One parent doesn’t want her “gifted” child reading picture books; another wants to be notified of each book read aloud in class.

Offended at Open Mic | Scales on Censorship

A controversial student poetry reading; controlling bookmobile offerings; questioning ‘James and the Giant Peach.’

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

When Kids Share Banned Books | Scales on Censorship

Columnist Pat Scales fields questions on sharing banned books, trans picture books, and whether teachers should recommend movies to students.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Age-Appropriate Reading? | Scales on Censorship

Religious-themed books in school libraries; informing patrons of privacy policies.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Art History Without Nudity?; Gay “Captain Underpants” | Scales on Censorship

A teacher requests that students study art selectively; complaints about gay “Captain Underpants” content; objection to a teacher’s book choices.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Black Lives Matter; Syrian Refugees | Scales on Censorship

Here’s advice on student protest requests, close-minded parents, and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Mock Election Worries | Scales on Censorship

A principal moves to cancel a mock election due to the vitriolic tone of the 2016 contest; how teachers should handle student Facebook friend requests.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

When Book Sharing Backfires|Scales on Censorship

A parent objects when a first grader shares “Captain Underpants”; contending with parents who say their children are gifted.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

When a Volunteer Oversteps | Scales on Censorship

Training volunteer parents to hold opinions; requests to create a booklist about overweight adolescents and to remove books about suicide.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Courting Controversy? | Scales on Censorship

Assigning a recently challenged book; teachers’ political views; classroom book selection policies.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Assessing Controversial Books | Scales on Censorship

Should libraries that already purchased books based on their starred reviews keep or withdraw them because of subsequent controversies?

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Fresh Alternatives Build Engagement | Scales on Censorship

Censorship expert Pat Scales offers guidance on helping competitive readers find their own thing, balancing the responsibility to protect privacy, and orienting new teachers to the role of the library.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Open Door Policy for All Students | Scales on Censorship

The importance of providing student access to the library.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

It’s About Choice: Tactics for Fostering Intellectual Freedom | Scales on Censorship

Censorship expert Pat Scales tackles the trouble with trigger warnings, the finesse of Banned Books Week planning, and the problem with narrowing options for reading.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

When Colleagues Need Clarification About Restricting Books | Scales on Censorship

Don’t be afraid to enter the discussion about intellectual freedom, and be firm when stating your opinion.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Library Police: Who Determines What Is “Appropriate”? | Scales on Censorship

Pat Scales responds to a kindergarten educator who questions the age-appropriateness of This One Summer as a Caldecott Honor Book and an English teacher who grapples with what to do about her student teacher from a Christian university who has asked to opt out of working with To Kill a Mockingbird.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.