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Mississippi school district pulls "To Kill A Mockingbird" for making people "uncomfortable"

Mississippi school district pulls "To Kill A Mockingbird" for making people "uncomfortable" | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
"There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable," the school board's vice president says
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The Scout Report -- Volume 23, Number 39

The Scout Report -- Volume 23, Number 39 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
This week's Scout Report reviews the online resources listed below. Visit the Scout Report here: 
to read the detailed annotations of each resources and get direct links to the sites.

"The week of September 24th, 2017 marks the 35th annual Banned Books Week. Sponsored by a coalition of organizations including the American Library Association (ALA), National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE), and many others, Banned Books Week raises awareness of book challenges across the United States and celebrates the freedom to read. In honor of Banned Books Week, we've decided to dedicate our fall special issue to the topic of banned and challenged books. Included in this exploration are famous instances of book banning in history, lesson plans for educators and librarians, and resources for discovering new titles to read."

     Book Banning Throughout History
Empire and Apocalypse: Savonarola and Apocalypticism in Renaissance Florence 
The Price of Suffering: William Pynchon and The Meritorious Price of Our Redemption 
The Comstock Act in Philadelphia 
The Birth of Pulp Fiction 

     Famously Banned & Challenged Books 
Teaching and Learning About 'Harry Potter' 
Lesson Plans to Embrace Family Diversity 
Here and Now: 'Our Bodies, Ourselves' 
Language and Power in The Handmaid's Tale and the World 

     Supporting the Right to Read 
Banned Books Week 
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund: Resources 
Intellectual Freedom Blog 
Webinar: Your Guide to Reporting Censorship 

     Exploring Banned & Challenged Books 
We Need Diverse Books 
I Read Banned Books 
Google Books: Explore Banned Books

Copyright © 2017 Internet Scout Research Group - http://scout.wisc.edu The Internet Scout Research Group, located in the Computer Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, provides Internet publications and software to the research and education communities under grants from the National Science Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon foundation, and other philanthropic organizations. Users may make and distribute verbatim copies of any of Internet Scout's publications or web content, provided this paragraph, including the above copyright notice, is preserved on all copies.
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Who Gets to Choose Which Childhood Experiences Are 'Appropriate'?

Some teachers may argue for using "age-appropriate" texts in the classroom, but students should be allowed to read books that illustrate the real difficulties of childhood and honor their realities, says Christina Berchini.
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15 Quotes About Censorship And The Danger Of Banning Books

15 Quotes About Censorship And The Danger Of Banning Books | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Censorship has been a hotly debated issue almost as long as books and writing have been in print for consumption. There will likely always be someone who doesn't like what the masses are reading, whether it's the witchy world of Harry Potter, or even a classic like Lord of the Flies or Fahrenheit
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Taking the Risk To Teach Diverse YA Books - Literacy & NCTE

Taking the Risk To Teach Diverse YA Books - Literacy & NCTE | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
On Monday, YA literature expert Jennifer Buehler was interviewed on Education Talk Radio.  The interview, representing the theme of this year’s Banned Books Week, focused on teaching students with diverse young adult literature. After defining young adult literature, [It’s]“not useful to say YA is any book with a teenager in it. A YA book is … Continue reading Taking the Risk To Teach Diverse YA Books →
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Portland schools tried to change how they teach climate change — and ignited a firestorm

Portland schools tried to change how they teach climate change — and ignited a firestorm | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
How the fight to change the way Portland Public Schools teach climate change became portrayed as a book ban.
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The Freedom to Read | American Libraries Magazine

The Freedom to Read | American Libraries Magazine | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Wayne A. Wiegand looks at the history of the ALA's Freedom to Read Statement.
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Ruth Graham: Banned Books Week is a crock

Ruth Graham: Banned Books Week is a crock | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Once upon a time, book bans were a serious issue in the United States. The Comstock Law, passed by Congress in 1873, made it illegal to circulate “obscene literature.” Even classics like The Canterbury Tales fell under that description in the eyes of Victorian moralists, and in the middle of the last century, publishers and booksellers of forbidden novels including Tropic of Cancer and Fanny Hill were actually prosecuted in court.
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Best quotes from censored or banned 'dangerous books'

Best quotes from censored or banned 'dangerous books' | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
From Neil Gaiman to Marcus Zusak to Suzanne Collins to Oscar Wilde, we share some of the best ‘dangerous books’ quotes from novels, authors and campaigners defending our right to read any book we want to, as part of our dangerous books weekend we’re running with Amnesty International
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2014 Book Challenges Infographic

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Google: The reluctant censor of the Internet

Google: The reluctant censor of the Internet | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Google was asked to remove tens of millions of links last year because they violated local laws or copyrights.
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What Kind of Town Bans Books? - The New Yorker

What Kind of Town Bans Books? - The New Yorker | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A group of parents recently pressured the public school I attended, in Texas, into banning seven books from assigned reading lists.
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Denver area students walk out of school in protest

Denver area students walk out of school in protest | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

ARVADA, Colo. (AP) — Hundreds of students walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver on Tuesday in protest over a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority, providing a show of civil disobedience that the new standards would aim to downplay.

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Pro-colonialism article has been withdrawn over threats to journal editor

Pro-colonialism article has been withdrawn over threats to journal editor | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
“The Case for Colonialism” has been revoked -- not over claims of shoddy scholarship or publication irregularities but rather threats to the journal editor. Some call it a disturbing precedent that could make academics less safe.
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Sex, Politics and the Banned Books of 2016

Sex, Politics and the Banned Books of 2016 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The American Library Association revealed its annual Top Ten Most Challenged Book List, revealing a glimpse of some of the issues that concern Americans.
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State of America's Libraries 2017 | American Libraries Magazine

State of America's Libraries 2017 | American Libraries Magazine | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Today ALA released The State of America’s Libraries, an annual report released during National Library Week, April 9–15, that captures usage trends within all types of libraries.
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24 Most Controversial Books of All Time

24 Most Controversial Books of All Time | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Readers.com infographic details most challenged/banned books of all time
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D.C. will hide once-banned books throughout the city this month

D.C. will hide once-banned books throughout the city this month | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The scavenger event is part of the citywide celebration for Banned Books Week.
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ALA Statement of Policy: Libraries stand firm in support of GLBT books

In a year when Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) communities are facing divisive “religious freedom” and “bathroom privacy” legislation, libraries are working against legislating discrimination by fostering acceptance through the power of books.  
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Banned Books Week

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This week is the 31st annual Banned Books Week, an event when the American Library Association and numerous other sponsors encourage the reading of banned and challenged books.  The week was first inspired by the success of the Banned Book Exhibit at an American Booksellers Association (ABA) convention in 1982, which featured almost 500 banned and challenged books.[1]
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Banned Books Quiz

Banned Books Quiz | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In honor of Banned Books Week (September 27–October 3, 2015), test your knowledge of banned and challenged books with this quiz.
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Fans of banned book ‘Some Girls Are’ donate hundreds of copies to Charleston library

Fans of banned book ‘Some Girls Are’ donate hundreds of copies to Charleston library | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
After an outcry from parents led West Ashley High School administrators to remove a young-adult novel from a freshman summer reading list, fans of the book responded by donating nearly 1,000 copies to the Charleston County Public Library.
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The Anti-Information Age: What 21st-Century Censorship Looks Like

The Anti-Information Age: What 21st-Century Censorship Looks Like | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
How governments are reinventing censorship in the 21st century
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Poverty and class: the latest themes to enter the US banned-books debate

Poverty and class: the latest themes to enter the US banned-books debate | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Mary O’Hara: Sex and religion have long vexed self-appointed guardians of US school and library reading habits, but now objectors are trying to add social inequality to their list of unacceptable topics
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After Uproar, Colorado School Board Retreats on Curriculum-Review Plan

After Uproar, Colorado School Board Retreats on Curriculum-Review Plan | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The conservative board in Jefferson County scrapped its proposal of a panel that would promote ideas such as free enterprise and “respect for authority.”
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