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Title: Censorship

  • The mind you close may be your own

Censorship v. Selection
  • What is the difference?

Censorship v. Selection
  • Seeks to exclude
  • Generally based on personal objection
  • Subjects include
  • Religion
  • Sex and sexuality
  • Drugs
  • Anti-adult behavior
  • Profanity and other language issues
  • Seeks to include
  • Generally based on needs of
  • Curriculum
  • Community
  • Patrons (adult and child and teen)
  • Applies a policy in place
  • Done by a professional

The wavering and thin line
  • Personal censorship
  • v.
  • Professional selection

Where do YOU draw the line?
The Library Bill of Rights
  • ALA

I. Books and other library resources should be
provided for the interest, information, and
enlightenment of all people of the community the
library serves. Materials should not be excluded
because of the origin, background, or views of
those contributing to their creation.
II. Libraries should provide materials and
information presenting all points of view on
current and historical issues. Materials should
not be proscribed or removed because of partisan
or doctrinal disapproval.
III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the
fulfillment of their responsibility to provide
information and enlightenment.
IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons
and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of
free expression and free access to ideas.
V. A persons right to use a library should not
be denied or abridged because of origin, age,
background, or views.
VI. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and
meeting rooms available to the public they serve
should make such facilities available on an
equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or
affiliations of individuals or groups requesting
their use.
Challenged Books
  • Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
  • Daddy's Roommate by Michael Willhoite
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
  • Forever by Judy Blume
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Challenged Books
  • Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
  • My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier
    and Christopher Collier
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • It's Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
  • Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
  • A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Sex by Madonna
  • Earth's Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel

Challenged Books
  • The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  • Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
  • Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
  • In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
  • The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
  • The Witches by Roald Dahl
  • The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
  • Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
  • The Goats by Brock Cole

Challenged Books 2006
  • And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and
    Peter Parnell, for homosexuality, anti-family,
    and unsuited to age group
  • Gossip Girls series by Cecily Von Ziegesar for
    homosexuality, sexual content, drugs, unsuited to
    age group, and offensive language
  • Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor for
    sexual content and offensive language
  • The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things
    by Carolyn Mackler for sexual content,
    anti-family, offensive language, and unsuited to
    age group
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison for sexual
    content, offensive language, and unsuited to age

Challenged Books 2006
  • Scary Stories series by Alvin Schwartz for
    occult/Satanism, unsuited to age group, violence,
    and insensitivity
  • Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher for
    homosexuality and offensive language
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen
    Chbosky for homosexuality, sexually explicit,
    offensive language, and unsuited to age group
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison for offensive
    language, sexual content, and unsuited to age
    group and
  • The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier for sexual
    content, offensive language, and violence.

Challenged Authors 1990s
  • 1. Alvin Schwartz
  • 2. Judy Blume
  • 3. Robert Cormier
  • 4. J.K. Rowling
  • 5. Michael Willhoite
  • 6. Katherine Paterson
  • 7. Stephen King
  • 8. Maya Angelou
  • 9. R.L. Stine
  • 10. John Steinbeck

Challenged Authors 2005
  • Judy Blume
  • Robert Cormier
  • Chris Crutcher
  • Robie Harris
  • Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Toni Morrison
  • J. D. Salinger
  • Lois Lowry
  • Marilyn Reynolds
  • Sonya Sones

  • NCAC
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