Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Frightful Halloween Authors

Just in time for Halloween, check out an interview with R.L. Stine. He is another popular banned/challenged author. R.L. Stine
Another fun site speaking about author J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter Series). Rowling

Have a spooky halloween and read as many scary banned/challenged books as possible!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

An Author's Point of View

I think on my upcoming posts, I would like to focus on authors and how they feel when their work has been banned or challenged. Judy Blume one of the most successful and banned/challenged authors, is a great example! Writers don't write to become banned, they write to express themselves. For me as a reader and a future librarian, protector of intellectual freedom ( I sound like a super hero) it is frustrating when wonderful books are banned/challenged yet for the author it must be even more so.
Judy Blume

Devil's Advocate

Oh I hate to post this site. But one must see the other side to defeat them! The link posted below is a website call the Citizens for Library Standards in schools. Really just a censorhip group. This is their mission statement: "The spirit of this Web site is to encourage the public schools to help our children develop a love of reading and gain a rigorous literary education through excellent literature choices. " They basically are saying that books that have any sexual themes are pornography. What infuriates me most about these groups is insinuating that if a book has any sexual contact, the teen reader is going to out and do absolutely that! Teen readers need to be exposed to a variety of books and content. If a book is a describing an action it doesn't mean that the author is saying go ahead and do it. These censorship groups don't look at the whole work and the action that is offending them, in context to what is going on in the story!! These parents need to worry about their own children and not take others rights away. yuck
and another one:

A Good Week

Well it has been a good week school and life wise! I finished all my assignments early for next week and I scored floor tickets (section 4) tickets to Depeche Mode, this has absolutely nothing to do with my blog but I am so bloody happy I have to let the world know. Any way back to business.... I found this wonderful blog on Intellectual Freedom, primarily looking at teen reads. You should check it out.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Latest Group Trying to Ban Books (video link)

It's so warming to see ignorant people trying to ban sex education books from the library, NOT! Enjoy this video from Library Link of the Day

PBS Intellectual Freedom Site


Here is a great and interesting site about intellectual freedom dealing with not just books, but the arts and freedom of expression in general. It is a great site for anyone who is interested in freedom of any kind and a valuable resource for teachers discussing this topic.