Celebrate Banned Books Week 2010
Well, kiddos, it’s that time of year again. And what better way to kick it all off than by beginning with the Yahoo! News opinion piece Opinion: There is a time to ban books from school libraries? Once again, Lauren Myracle is the author on trial. Honestly, if you had told me three years ago that one of the most banned women in America would be sweet-as-peaches-on-a-vine Lauren Myracle I’d have laughed in your face. Myracle? Are you kidding? And yet here we are with an opinion piece wherein a parent finds The Fashion Disaster That Changed My Life inappropriate for an elementary school library. The book has selected quotes removed from it and the parent decides that what is inappropriate for her child is therefore inappropriate for ALL children. And around and around it goes. Favorite bizarre line in the piece, “Can’t we trust the ALA to look out for the kids?” Oy.
This next video played last year, but I never got a chance to post it, doggone it. So we’re hauling it out and playing it again. Yay, puppets!
I was pleased to see that the article Banned Books Week: 10 banned books you might not expect was making big news rounds this week. Honestly I don’t think there are many surprises there, but it’s worth a gander just the same.
The best way to end today, however, is to simply let author Philip Pullman have the last word. This discussion occurred when Pullman wrote The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. It sums up everything I need to say today.
Thanks to Pete Hautman for the link.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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