It’s a little early for Banned Books Week, but the issue is still an important one and has been in the news recently. A library in Wisconsin has been asked to reshelve several YA books into the adult section because of their content. One of the books explicitly mentioned happens to be The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.
What are your feelings about censorship? Is there a difference between censoring books in a public library and a school library? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
Here are some additional links to get you thinking:
- The Right To Read: Censorship in the School Library. ERIC Digest
- School Library Journal: A Dirty Little Secret: Self-Censorship
- Censorship in School Libraries: An AskERIC Response
- School Library Journal: Librarian’s Dilemma: Where Do You Shelve Neil Gaiman’s Newbery?
- New York Times: With One Word, Children’s Book Sets Off Uproar
- Read about one student’s reaction to a school’s censorship: Is it OK to run an illegal library from my locker at school?