Thursday, August 31, 2006

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Drop in number of contested books
The number of books threatened with removal from library shelves dropped last year to its lowest total on record, with 405 challenges reported to the American Library Assn. Challenges have gone up and down over the last few years, but overall have dropped by more than half since Banned Books Week was started. Judith Krug, director of the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom, cited a couple of possible factors for the decline: Librarians are better prepared to organize community support on behalf of a book, and would-be censors are focusing more on online content. "A large majority of our challenges deal with what children are reading in schools and many adults are now so concerned about what's on the Internet that they have refocused." 25th annual 'Banned Books' Week: Sep 23-30.
LA Times: 8.30.06.
"Don't join the book burners. Do not think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they never existed." Dwight David Eisenhower.
photo: flickr.com - Lego Book Burning, dlanod.

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