Friday, June 19, 2009

Finally, library nonsense makes the national news.

Finally, we can be proud that the whole country knows about us.

Library Book Riles Small Wisconsin Town - ABC News

The American Library Association has a voluntary reporting system that records challenges to library books. So far, there have been 518 actual challenges to library books this year. That number is up from around 490 last year. The young adult section, in particular, is becoming a flashpoint in many local libraries, according to Deborah Caldwell-Stone, acting director for Intellectual Freedom at the ALA.

The vast majority of complaints come from parents raising concerns about things like witchcraft in the Harry Potter series or sexual issues in young adult fiction. Within those complaints, Caldwell-Stone sees what she calls a troubling trend.

1 comment:

SafeLibraries said...

Shakespeare, Macbeth (Act IV, Scene I):

"Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble."

Witchcraft! No more Shakespeare for Young Adults! Won't they be relieved.