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Last updated: 9/23/08

What’s New:
Lobby Display:
Censorship in Schools and Libraries

In celebration of Banned Books Week (September 27-October 4, 2008), University Library in Kingston presents Censorship in Schools and Libraries, an exhibit produced by the Long Island Coalition Against Censorship. This lobby display includes a series of posters that graphically explore how censorship works and describe selected incidents of censorship in the United States during the past 100 years.

In addition to the usual suspects – Catcher in the Rye, Harry Potter, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – the exhibit presents some surprising titles that have been challenged in libraries and schools. Maurice Sendak’s In the Night Kitchen, Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and the American Heritage and Merriam-Webster dictionaries have faced challenges.

The display also includes information from Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, which is observed annually during the last week of September and is sponsored in part by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. The display lists the Top 10 challenged and banned books of 2007 and the top 100 from 2000-2007, as well as outlines the challenges by initiator, institution, type and year. Challenged books on these lists include The Color Purple, The Golden Compass, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Lovely Bones, Fahrenheit 451, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Brave New World.

The Long Island Coalition Against Censorship is an association of educational and community organizations that oppose censorship and defend the rights of free speech and the free press as guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom is charged with implementing the Association’s policies on free access to libraries and library material. The display runs through October 11.

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