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EMS Fall 2013

Library services, Banned Books

Jessica Lucas

on 21 October 2013

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Transcript of EMS Fall 2013

Your Library Card...
What's it good for?
Homework Help

But wait, what? DVDs?
Digital magazines? Free Music Downloads?
Are you serious?
Magazine Articles
Language Learning
History, Biography, Geography
Jobs, Internships and Volunteering
Online Resources
Computer Time
History, Biography and Geography
Jobs, Internships and Volunteering
Intellectual freedom -- the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular -- provides the foundation for Banned Books Week.
What are Banned Books anyway?
The Seattle Public Library enables all individuals in our community to exercise their right to access constitutionally protected information.
Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events.
The 10 most challenged titles of 2012 were:

1. Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: offensive language, unsuited for age group

2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group

4. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit

5. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Reasons: homosexuality, unsuited for age group

6. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Reasons: homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

7. Looking for Alaska by John Green
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

8. Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz
Reasons: unsuited for age group, violence

9. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit

10. Beloved by Toni Morrison
Reasons: sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence
From http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/
Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries.
More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. According to the American Library Association, there were 326 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2011, and many more go unreported.
Wicked History
Interactive History Adventure
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Access Video
Fun Non-Fiction
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