Don’t Ban It!

The most frequent target of censorship attempts in 2015 was John Green’s Looking for Alaska.  The year before it was another young adult novel, Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Censoring books, whether in the form of keeping them off library shelves, off reading lists, or outright bans, does not help […]

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Columbus Day Book Review

photo credit: Simon & Schuster I saw a lot of pithy slogans and clever picture quotes on my social networks yesterday pointing out that the voyages of Christopher Columbus, which we celebrate with a national holiday, also brought with them evils like racism and genocide. Fair enough, and true enough.  But one of the things […]

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Censorship in Our School District

photo credit: svenwerk via photopin cc The Diary of Anne Frank is a brilliant, harrowing, and ultimately heart-wrenching account of a Jewish girl’s attempt to escape the Nazis and the Holocaust during WWII.    Last May, a parent in Michigan asked her district to eliminate this famous book from the curriculum, arguing that one short passage in […]

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Why Librarians are More Important Today than Ever Before

photo credit: cindiann via photopin cc One of the ironies of the information revolution is that finding relevant and accurate information can be more difficult than ever before.  We are in fact buried by news, blogs, Twitter feeds, and other internet content; magazines and newspapers and newsletters; 24-hour news channels in every time zone; and […]

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