Wednesday, September 2, 2009

celebrate banned books!

banned books manifesto

banned books week september 26 - october 3 2009.

7 comments:

SafeLibraries said...

No books have been banned in the USA for about a half a century. See "National Hogwash Week."

mollie said...

as much as i respect your view and believe you have every right to it. i believe in the ALA and the NCAC. parents have the right to dictate what their own children can read, not what my children can read. and books are challeneged all the time to be taken out of school libraries because parents think that the book is not suitable for children. i'm sorry to say that life for a children/teenagers is not all rainbows and kittens. life is hard and many of the challeneged books point out this slice of life.

mollie said...

http://www.ila.org/pdf/2009banned.pdf

SafeLibraries said...

I understand, Mollie. Perhaps this will explain things further: "US Libraries Hit Back Over Challenges to Kids Books," by Sara Hussein, Agence France-Presse [AFP], 6 September 2009.

mollie said...

i would say that that article helps my point. that books shouldn't have restricted access or be put out of the library all together just because one parent doesn't like it for their child. well then don't let your child read it. raise your own child, not mine. i will deem what is important for my child to grow as a health child. i will take into consideration what the 'experts' say i should do, but in the end, it's me who make the final decisions.

SafeLibraries said...

Here are the "experts": the ALA.

Given "American Library Association Shamed," by Nat Hentoff, Laurel Leader-Call, 2 March 2007, I ask anyone reading this to explain why the ALA views book burnings, bannings, and jailed librarians in Cuba as NOT censorship, and why people legally keeping children from inappropriate material IS censorship.

Why does the ALA not only refuse to assist jailed Cuban librarians, but go further and actually thwart efforts by others to assist them? Why should members of the public consider the ALA to be authoritative on the definition of what is censorship in local public libraries?

Indeed, why should local libraries care one whit about an organization actively blocking efforts to assist jailed and beaten Cuban librarians and associated censorship and book burnings?

Mollie, consider not promoting the ALA so glibly.

mollie said...

i don't support things 'glibly' as you put it. just because i support something doesn't mean i support everything they do. i support our government, but i also hate half the things they do. so i support the ala but i also don't agree with some of the things they do. no organization (whatever it may be) is perfect.