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Nude Fairy Painting Returns to San Bernardino Library

May 15, 2015
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Nude Fairy Painting Returns to San Bernardino Library

City officials in San Bernardino, California, last week agreed to restore a painting of a nude fairy to its place in a public library exhibit after the National Coalition Against Censorship said its removal raised “serious constitutional concerns.” The painting by Rose Loya, called “Free Spirit Fairy,” is part of an exhibit from the Inland…

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What Do We Know About the Frequently Challenged Comics of 2014?

April 17, 2015
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What Do We Know About the Frequently Challenged Comics of 2014?

Following the news that comics made up almost a third of the books on the American Library Association’s Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books for 2014, we did a bit of investigating for more information on the challenges that landed Persepolis, Drama, and Saga on the list. Marjane Satrapi’s acclaimed graphic memoir Persepolis came…

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Long Beach Library Reverses Course on Police Shooting Artwork

January 27, 2015
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Long Beach Library Reverses Course on Police Shooting Artwork

Citing a “misunderstanding,” the Long Beach, California public library yesterday invited local artist Lethia Cobbs to return a doll that a library employee had told her to remove from her artwork earlier this month. The piece includes a white police officer standing over an armless–literally “unarmed”–black man lying on the ground. The police tableau is…

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Undead Books Live on in Texas Library

September 24, 2014
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Undead Books Live on in Texas Library

A local minister’s effort to remove books dealing with vampires and the occult from the Young Adult section of the public library in Cleveland, Texas failed last week when the city council met to address the issue. In response to the challenge from Rev. Phillip Missick of King of Saints Tabernacle Church, Library Director Mary…

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Texas Minister Wants Vampire Books Banned From Library

August 26, 2014
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Texas Minister Wants Vampire Books Banned From Library

A minister in the small Texas town of Cleveland is spearheading a petition drive to have 75 books that he labels “demonic” removed from the Young Adult section of the local public library. Pastor Phillip Missick of King of Saints Tabernacle says that the books, including the manga Vampire Knight and the Twilight series, “perpetuate a…

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Long-Ago Book Challenge Illustrates Importance of Library Policy

July 10, 2014
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Long-Ago Book Challenge Illustrates Importance of Library Policy

In the first half of the 20th century public libraries were strictly for edification, not entertainment. Most librarians thought nothing of excluding or removing from their collections books that were considered too frivolous (comics chief among them, of course) or controversial. That attitude began to change in the 1950s, as represented by library science professor…

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Lost Girls Rated 18+ by New Zealand Government Censors

July 8, 2014
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Lost Girls Rated 18+ by New Zealand Government Censors

Almost a year ago, Auckland City Libraries in New Zealand declined to add Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie’s Lost Girls to their collection, fearing prosecution under the country’s child pornography laws. The book was subsequently submitted for review by the New Zealand Office of Film & Literature Classification, which this week finally rendered a verdict:…

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ALA Report Shows Internet Filtering Curtails Free Speech

June 20, 2014
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ALA Report Shows Internet Filtering Curtails Free Speech

In a few days we will mark the 11th anniversary since the Supreme Court decided in United States v. American Library Association that filtering of Internet access on school and library computers does not infringe on free speech rights. The case resulted from ALA’s challenge to the Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2000, which requires…

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Hertfordshire Libraries Restrict Comics Borrowing for Children and Teens

May 21, 2014
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Hertfordshire Libraries Restrict Comics Borrowing for Children and Teens

After a parent in the small English town of Harpenden complained that one of her children was able to access adult graphic novels in the local library, new borrowing restrictions for minors have been imposed across the entire Hertfordshire library system. Children and teens under 16 are now barred from checking out any comics or…

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Who’s Afraid of Fun Home?

March 21, 2014
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Who’s Afraid of Fun Home?

In light of the unprecedented and vindictive budget cut currently making its way through the South Carolina legislature as punishment for the College of Charleston encouraging (but not requiring) students to read Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, we thought we’d share a quick refresher on the other challenges the award-winning graphic novel has faced over the…

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