Censorship The mind you close may be your own
Censorship v. Selection What is the difference?
Seeks to exclude Generally based on personal objection Subjects include Religion Sex and sexuality Drugs Anti-adult behavior Profanity and other “language” issues Seeks to include Generally based on needs of Curriculum Community Patrons (adult and child and teen) Applies a policy in place Done by a professional Censorship v. Selection
The wavering and thin line Personal censorship v. Professional selection
I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
VI. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.
Challenged Books • Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz • Daddy's Roommate by Michael Willhoite • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou • The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck • Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling • Forever by Judy Blume • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson • Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Challenged Books • Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman • My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger • The Giver by Lois Lowry • It's Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris • Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine • A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck • The Color Purple by Alice Walker • Sex by Madonna • Earth's Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
Challenged Books • The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle • Go Ask Alice by Anonymous • Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers • In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak • The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard • The Witches by Roald Dahl • The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein • Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry • The Goats by Brock Cole
Challenged Books 2006 • “And Tango Makes Three” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, for homosexuality, anti-family, and unsuited to age group; • “Gossip Girls” series by Cecily Von Ziegesar for homosexuality, sexual content, drugs, unsuited to age group, and offensive language; • “Alice” series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor for sexual content and offensive language; • “The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things” by Carolyn Mackler for sexual content, anti-family, offensive language, and unsuited to age group; • “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison for sexual content, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;
Challenged Books 2006 • “Scary Stories” series by Alvin Schwartz for occult/Satanism, unsuited to age group, violence, and insensitivity; • “Athletic Shorts” by Chris Crutcher for homosexuality and offensive language; • “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky for homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, and unsuited to age group; • “Beloved” by Toni Morrison for offensive language, sexual content, and unsuited to age group; and • “The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier for sexual content, offensive language, and violence.
Challenged Authors 1990s • 1. Alvin Schwartz • 2. Judy Blume • 3. Robert Cormier • 4. J.K. Rowling • 5. Michael Willhoite • 6. Katherine Paterson • 7. Stephen King • 8. Maya Angelou • 9. R.L. Stine • 10. John Steinbeck
Challenged Authors 2005 • Judy Blume • Robert Cormier • Chris Crutcher • Robie Harris • Phyllis Reynolds Naylor • Toni Morrison • J. D. Salinger • Lois Lowry • Marilyn Reynolds • Sonya Sones
Resources • NCAC • SCAC, NCTE • ALA OIF • PABBIS