Monday, September 23, 2013

[News and Notes] Banned Books in the News

Banned Books Week is September 22 - 28, 2013

The controversy of banning books is an ongoing issue as seen in these recent news stories:

A school board in North Carolina voted to ban Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison because a parent alleged it was "too much for teenagers."   --via RawStory

The president of  the Ohio School Board petitioned the removal of Toni Morisson's novel The Bluest Eye from high school reading lists.  --The Columbus Dispatch

There is an A.P. History study guide under scrutiny because of an interpretation of the 2nd Amendment. --via RawStory and Dallas Fort Worth CBS News

Lastly, the Washington Post reports that an Arizona school district has banned  Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia because of sexually explicit passages. This novel was also included as an exemplar text from the 11th grade Common Core reading standards.

UPDATE 12 p.m.
Time Magazine's news feed presented A Brief History of Stupid Book Bans, from Twelfth Night to Where's Waldo?

Have you read any of these books? How many banned or challenged books have you read?

Browse the library catalog for these titles and other books.

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