Sunday, September 22, 2013

Freedom to Read and Banned Books Week Working to Promote Intellectual Freedom

“The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack...." — Freedom to Read Statement

At the AASL Affiliate Assembly, state associations were encouraged to consider an organizational membership in The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF), a non-profit legal and educational organization affiliated with (but not part of) the American Library Association. While the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom offers advice and resources related to intellectual freedom, the FTRF actually supports litigation related to censorship and other intellectual freedom issues. For $50, the Iowa Association of School Librarians now is an organizational member supporting important work in defense of free speech.
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Banned Books Week Sept. 22-28, 2013

One: Stay Informed
Two: Challenge Censorship
Three: Support Your Local Schools and Libraries
Four: Check out a Banned Book!

Did you know…. Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants tops the frequently challenged books list of 2012

“Every burned book enlightens the world.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Check out the link below to find...this map is drawn from cases documented by ALA and the Kids' Right to Read Project, a collaboration of the National Coalition Against Censorship and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression.