Censorship

We are so lucky to live in NZ! School Library Journal this month has a huge article about self-censorship in American libraries. Apparently some Children’s and Young Adult Librarians feel pressured to not select certain books for their library, not because people have complained about inappropriate content, but because they are worried that someone will.

I’ve worked at the Library for 10 years and can only remember 3 book challenges during this time. From talking to my colleagues in the US, it seems like a common occurance. I wonder why it is such a huge deal in America, but such a tiny blip here?

4 thoughts on “Censorship

  1. Allison 10 February 2009 / 5:52 pm

    Yes well, in the States, some teachers still have to fight to teach evolution in some state schools! This is also coming from a place that is uber-paranoid, i.e. the black listing in Hollywood over suspected communists, etc. Sigh.

  2. Will 12 February 2009 / 4:29 pm

    Just a little curious… What were the three books you had challenged?

    That kind of rep can make a book so much more enticing…

  3. Mo-mo 12 February 2009 / 4:46 pm

    I have to admit, Will, I wondered that too. Care to reveal the troublesome troika Lisa?

  4. Lisa 13 February 2009 / 11:58 am

    To the best of my recollection, they were The Brotown Annual, Ready or Not? by Meg Cabot and perienally challenged book – Harry Potter.

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