The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) – I looove that they have an office devoted to this! – promotes awareness to book challenges and at the same time celebrates freedom of speech during Banned Books Week, what an awesome thing!
And that week is now. YAY!
For this Travel Tuesday, I am supplying you with fantastic links so you can participate in this great event.
I know, I know…you’re very welcome.
FREE Webinar: How to Protect the Freedom to Read in Your Library – This is today! Starts 9am PST/ 12pm EST. (Click to register.)
Part I: How to use open communication to prevent book challenges Librarian Kate Lechtenberg finds conversations between librarians, teachers, students, and parents key to creating a culture that understands and supports intellectual freedom.
Part II: How to handle a book challenge after it happens Kristin Pekoll, assistant director of ALA’s OIF will share her unique experiences facing several book challenges (and a potential book burning!) when she was a young adult librarian.
Part III: How to bring attention to the issue of banned books Scott DiMarco, director of the North Hall Library at Mansfield University, reveals how he once banned a book to shed light on library censorship.
Reddit’s Banned Book Week AMA Event – Oct 1st, 7-9pm CST, This Reddit AMA will include Cody Meirick, producer and director of the upcoming documentary, Scary Stories; Peter Schwartz, son of author Alvin Schwartz; as well as Kristin Pekoll, Assistant Director for the Office for Intellectual Freedom with the American Library Association. On the day of the event, follow this link and then follow the direct link that Cody will create specifically for this live event.
Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out YouTube Channel – Interested in participating, but not sure how? Consider this option! Readers from across the country and around the world will be able to participate virtually during Banned Books Week and participants may proclaim the importance of the freedom to read by posting videos that will be featured on this dedicated channel. Watch videos posted by celebrities and from libraries and bookstores across the country.
Looking for something to do locally? Find out what events are in your state here.
And when all else fails, READ A BANNED BOOK!
Here are the Most Challenged Books of 2014:
Happy Banned Reading!