Monday, September 26, 2011

Banned Books Week: Sep 24 - Oct 1

Banned Books Week
September 24 – October 1

Join the Virtual Read-out!

The centerpiece of this year’s Banned Books Week celebration (Sept. 24-Oct. 1) is a virtual read-out. Everyone is invited to create a video of themselves reading from their favorite banned or challenged book and upload it to a special Banned Books Week channel. Videos of challenged authors and other celebrities will be posted on both YouTube and our Videos page in coming days. More information about the read-out is available here.

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Celebrate the freedom to read!

Stanford Kay's Infographic looks at books that parents most often ask to have removed from libraries. Gay penguins, Twilight's vampires, and Holden Caufield all made the cut.

'In Cold Blood' too bloody for students?
Teacher wants to add seminal work to curriculum; some have reservations.
Glendale News Press: 9.25.2011 by Megan O’Neil

Since its publication in 1965, Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” has been widely recognized as a seminal work in American literature, frequently appearing on high school and college reading lists.

But the contents of the nonfiction novel, which detail the brutal murder of a prosperous Kansas farmer and his family, are apparently too macabre for some Glendale Unified officials and parents who are seeking to block a request by a high school English teacher to add the text to the district’s English curriculum.

“I think ‘chilling’ is far too benign a word to use,” school board member Mary Boger said of the book during a recent meeting.

The debate started midway through the 2010-11 school year when long-time Glendale High School English teacher Holly Ciotti submitted a request to add “In Cold Blood” to a list of books approved by the district for use in AP Language.

But while the book received unanimous support from the district’s English Curriculum Study Committee, which is composed of high school teachers, it hit a snag with the Secondary Education Council. Its membership — made up of high school principals — expressed reservations, as did members of the PTA.

Glendale is not the only community where “In Cold Blood” has generated concerns. It ranks 53rd on the American Library Assn. list of classic books that have been challenged or banned from library shelves and classrooms. The 30th annual Banned Books Week, meant to draw attention to books under fire, started Saturday. READ MORE !

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