banned books bound minds

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Monkey See, Monkey Do?

That's what some people fear and why they don't want certain books on library shelves. Read the article: " OFt-banned Author Speaks to Students in Moulton, Ala." Author Chris Crutcher talks to students at Athens Middle School about the importance of stories.

Knight Rider Tribune Business News, Washington. Sept. 27, 2005, pg. 1
Author: Clyde L. Stancil
Proquest ID#: 903156381

The never ending story.....

I came across this site recently and urge you all to spend some time here, not just browsing, but really reading the material. Some great information here on why books were banned and how and where they were eventually published. If you’re not too familiar with the pervasiveness of censorship, this site may help to enlighten you. I know I am consistently amazed (and appalled) by the very idea of anybody determining what I should and should not read. This amazement is always furthered when I see a list of banned books. Gone with The Wind, Call of The Wild, Silas Marner and Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, all have been banned at one time or another here and abroad. I can’t imagine my life without these and countless other books, stories, poems and plays. Can you? banned books on line selected from the indexes of the online books page ( < >),

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Pay It Forward

A colleague of mine (thanks Victoria!) alerted me to this resource located on the library media center web site of the Marathon Middle/High School. There is much here of value and importance. Take some time to look these resources over. Information is freedom!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Gone Fishing

I came across this article regarding the Patriot Act and I just thought it was something we needed to talk about. Read it and see why it's imperative that we ALL be informed about what our government is doing and why our votes matter. We elect people to REPRESENT us. They work for us. Let's not forget that. And let's keep the FBI from fishing around in libraries to try and ascertain what it is we're all reading. It's just none of their business.

Here's the info. on the article: Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom, Chicago, Sep 2005
Vol. 54, Iss. 5; pg 209, 2pgs.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The Center for Children's Books

Here's another alternative site with some guidelines and information on banned books and challenges:

The Center for Children's Books is located at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana.

Remember, the more you know the more you can do.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

The more the merrier......

So, for those who are interested (and you should all be VERY interested) here's another site with great information regarding censorship:

Take the time to immerse yourself so that you know what you're talking about when you stand up for your rights!

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

How to teach banned books.....................

here's a posting from a recent AASL forum that I thought everyone should take a look at. This book sounds too good to pass up................................................................ .......................................................................................... Have you looked at Pat Scales book Teaching Banned Books: 12 Guides for Young Readers

Pat worked with us on the AASL Convention in Birmingham and did a great job!
From BooklistScales, a middle-school librarian for 28 years, performs a valuable service here. She pushes banned books front and center so that instead of hiding these titles, librarians can celebrate them. She has chosen 12 frequently challenged books (including Blubber (1974), The Goats (1987), Julie of the Wolves (1972), and My Brother Sam is Dead(1974), and she shows teachers and librarians how to teach them. Particularly useful is the introductory chapter that instructs readers how to teach the First Amendment using discussion questions like this: "Interpret the following quote by Oscar Wilde: 'The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.'" She then goes on to individual titles; for each there is a long synopsis of the book, discussion questions, and activities. Some of the activities stretch a bit, but everything else is solid, useful, and thought provoking. Much of this was originally published in Book Links magazine, and Scales knows her material inside out. She also knows how to inspire others to take up this cause and gives them an effective handbook to do just that. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

We're still here

"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -Aldous Huxley