This post was written by Donald Parker, a former high school social studies teacher, a longtime ACLU member, and co-coordinator of the Long Island Coalition against Censorship (which was active from 1982 to 2010). It will soon by published by Anton Newspapers, a chain of local weeklies on Long Island.
Many popular perceptions of censorship are myths and should be challenged.
Myth - Censorship occurs primarily in states that would be associated with right-wing conservative views often identified as the “Bible Belt.”
Celebrate the Freedom to Read With CBLDF’s New Banned Books Week Handbook!
The Freedom to Read Foundation (Twitter: @ftrf) is pleased to announce the seven winners of 2014 Banned Books Week event grants via FTRF's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund. These $1000 grants will be used to fund a wide variety of project celebrating the freedom to read. Here are brief descriptions of the successful applications:
The national Banned Books Week planning committee, today announced that this year’s celebration of the freedom to read will emphasize a thematic focus on comics and graphic novels. This year’s Banned Books Week, Sept. 21 – 27, will shine a light on this still misunderstood form of storytelling and will celebrate the value of graphic novels to readers from all walks of life through the work performed by Banned Books Week sponsors and individual librarians, retailers and readers from all over the world.
Applications for Banned Books Week 2014 event grants via the Freedom to Read Foundation's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund are now open. Applications will be accepted through April 30. Click here to apply: http://www.ftrf.org/?2014_KrugBBW.
Here are the application guidelines:
Krug Fund Banned Books Week event grant application guidelines
The Banned Books Week Hero spotlight of the day goes to student activist, Isaiah Zukowski, from Emmaus, PA for taking action when the school board considered a challenge to Prep, by Curtis Sittenfeld and Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, by Tom Wolfe, both summer reading books. Read more about why he took action, his thoughts on book censorship, and his heroes here. To learn more about the challenge, go to:
Today’s featured Banned Books Week Heroes are the members of the book club 451 Degrees at Lane Tech High School in Chicago, IL, who stood in opposition the order made by Chicago Public Schools to remove the highly acclaimed graphic novel, Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, from classrooms (and, initially, from libraries).