Friday, May 25, 2007
As I mentioned in the previous post, last night I attended a lecture by American Library Associations Director of Intellectual Freedom, Judith Krug. She talked a lot about banned books and the role of the library when books are challenged. It was an interesting discussion. Here is the list of the most frequently challenged books from last year. Surprise--no Harry Potter! 9 of the 10 books listed sexuality as one of the reasons for the challenge, including the two Toni Morrison books. I don't know about you, but I don't think there's an epidemic of kids sneaking a copy of Beloved off the shelves to read out loud the titillating scenes.