Teri S. LesesneSam Houston State University     @ProfessorNana
Clarion Voices“Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. Ifparents and kids can talk together...
Some Statistics to Consider
Why is book challenged?
Who initiated the challenge?
Where did challenge occur?
Drawing some conclusions Schools and school libraries are often the scene of the crime Sexual content, violence, and “la...
Role of the LibrarianLibrarians                 Teachers
No book should ever be bannedLibrarians            Teachers
Is it OK to have restricted shelf?Librarians             Teachers
Restrict due to violenceLibrarians                  Teachers
Language restrictions?Librarians                 Teachers
All right to ban for language?Librarians               Teachers
Banning due to violence?Librarians          Teachers
Parents can decide what kids readLibrarians            Teachers
Teachers can decide what kids readLibrarians           Teachers
Librarians can decide what kids readLibrarians               Teachers
Schools/districts can decideLibrarians               Teachers
Been involvedLibrarians             Teachers
Know someone with experience
Know the processLibrarians              Teachers
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Censorship, not quite black and white

  1. 1. Teri S. LesesneSam Houston State University @ProfessorNana
  2. 2. Clarion Voices“Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. Ifparents and kids can talk together, we wont have as much censorshipbecause we wont have as much fear.” ~Judy Blume“The dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book.” ~Walt Whitman“Librarians and governing bodies should maintain that parents—and onlyparents—have the right and the responsibility to restrict the access of theirchildren—and only their children—to library resources. Censorship bylibrarians of constitutionally protected speech, whether for protection or forany other reason, violates the First Amendment.” ~ American LibraryAssociation Office of Intellectual Freedom
  3. 3. Some Statistics to Consider
  4. 4. Why is book challenged?
  5. 5. Who initiated the challenge?
  6. 6. Where did challenge occur?
  7. 7. Drawing some conclusions Schools and school libraries are often the scene of the crime Sexual content, violence, and “language” are often the cause cited Parents are often at the center of the challenge The number of challenges appears to be on the decline So, we decided to do our own survey just to confirm our hunches.
  8. 8. Role of the LibrarianLibrarians Teachers
  9. 9. No book should ever be bannedLibrarians Teachers
  10. 10. Is it OK to have restricted shelf?Librarians Teachers
  11. 11. Restrict due to violenceLibrarians Teachers
  12. 12. Language restrictions?Librarians Teachers
  13. 13. All right to ban for language?Librarians Teachers
  14. 14. Banning due to violence?Librarians Teachers
  15. 15. Parents can decide what kids readLibrarians Teachers
  16. 16. Teachers can decide what kids readLibrarians Teachers
  17. 17. Librarians can decide what kids readLibrarians Teachers
  18. 18. Schools/districts can decideLibrarians Teachers
  19. 19. Been involvedLibrarians Teachers
  20. 20. Know someone with experience
  21. 21. Know the processLibrarians Teachers

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