Booklist’s Banned Books Week webinar featuring Judy Blume

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Defending the Right to Read: Celebrating Banned Books Week

featuring special guest Judy Blume

Librarians and teachers face more challenges than ever when it comes to defending children’s right to read. In celebration of Banned Books Week, this webinar features a stellar panel of experts who will discuss book rating systems, the impact of the Internet on challenges, the effect of censorship on children’s publishing, and how to best prepare for book challenges.

Panelists include:

  • Judy Blume, renowned author and longtime advocate of intellectual freedom
  • Beverly Horowitz, Vice President and Publisher, Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
  • Nanette Perez, Program Officer, Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association
  • Kristin Pekoll, Young-Adult Librarian, West Bend (WI) Community Memorial Library
  • Pat Scales, former school librarian and member of the National Coalition against Censorship Council of Advisors

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2 thoughts on “Booklist’s Banned Books Week webinar featuring Judy Blume

  1. Try to get them to discuss what Judith Krug, Jessamyn West, Thomas Sowell, and Nat Hentoff said, mentioned below.

    First, do you agree that the last book banned in the USA, namely, Fanny Hill, was last banned in 1963?

    No books have been banned in the USA for about a half a century. See “National Hogwash Week.”

    Thomas Sowell says Banned Books Week is “the kind of shameless propaganda that has become commonplace in false charges of ‘censorship’ or ‘book banning’ has apparently now been institutionalized with a week of its own.” He calls it “National Hogwash Week.”

    Former ALA Councilor Jessamyn West said, “It also highlights the thing we know about Banned Books Week that we don’t talk about much — the bulk of these books are challenged by parents for being age-inappropriate for children. While I think this is still a formidable thing for librarians to deal with, it’s totally different from people trying to block a book from being sold at all.” See “Banned Books Week is Next Week.”

    And then there’s Judith Krug herself who created BBW:

    Marking 25 Years of Banned Books Week,” by Judith Krug, Curriculum Review, 46:1, Sep. 2006. “On rare occasion, we have situations where a piece of material is not what it appears to be on the surface and the material is totally inappropriate for a school library. In that case, yes, it is appropriate to remove materials. If it doesn’t fit your material selection policy, get it out of there.”

    Lastly, remember the ALA does not oppose book burning when doing so would interfere with its political interests. Go see what Judith Krug said about Cuban librarians: “American Library Association Shamed,” by Nat Hentoff.

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