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LGBTQ+ Book Removed from West Virginia Library

A West Virginia public library has pulled a children’s book one local website described as “promoting homosexuality” from the shelves after an elementary school child came across the age appropriate title. The book, Prince and Knight by Daniel Haack is…

Drama and This One Summer Named in Top 11 Most Frequently Challenged and Banned

The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (ALA OIF) released their annual list of most frequently challenged and and banned books of 2018 and both Raina Telgemeier’s Drama, and This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki are included in…

Changes to Freedom of Information Act Would Inhibit Access

American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom Blog has sounded the alarm that the Freedom of Information Act is under attack. At the end of December in 2018, the Interior Department proposed changes to the policy for requesting information that…

Educators, Librarians, and Community Members – Report Censorship from 2018

The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is asking for anyone who has knowledge of censorship attempts in 2018 to submit reports before the end of the year. Anyone can report a censorship incident, including challenges and bans,…

Fringe Group Sues EBSCO and Colorado Library Consortium Alleging Both are Pornography Pushers

On October 10th, a lawsuit was filed against EBSCO Industries Inc., a media aggregator database service, and Colorado Library Consortium, a non-profit benefitting Colorado libraries through the sharing of services and by offering continuing education for library staff. The lawsuit…

LGBTQ Buttons Pulled From Library

Last year Washington County libraries were asked to take down LGBTQIA displays for Pride Month, replacing them this year with exhibits featuring the more generic “Diversity” theme. But when the librarians felt like they should do more to represent Pride,…

CBLDF and Kids Right to Read Project Defend Fun Home

After the recent attack on Alison Bechdel’s groundbreaking graphic memoir, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic in New Jersey, CBLDF and the Kids Right to Read Project drafted a letter of support to encourage the Superintendent of Watchung Hills Regional High…

Last Week to Apply for Banned Books Grants!

There’s one week left to apply for a 2018 Judith F. Krug Fund Banned Books Week grant! Each year Freedom to Read Foundation distributes grants to non-profit organizations to support activities that raise awareness of intellectual freedom and censorship issues…

Moms Start Book Club For Controversial Assignments

Some parents in Springfield, Missouri decided the best way to handle recent controversial school reading assignments was by arming themselves with first-hand information. Megan Cook and Marissa Griffin decided to create a Facebook book club for Springfield parents that tackles…

Two Graphic Novels Among ALA’s Ten Most Challenged Books of 2015

Every year, National Library Week starts off with a bang: the release of the American Library Association’s Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books from the previous year. The list is compiled by ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom from librarians’…