Intellectual Freedom

NCLA Intellectual Freedom Committee

Marian Lytle, Chair
Rowan Public Library
201 West Fisher Street, Salisbury NC 28144
Phone: 704-216-7732
email: marian [dot] lytle [at] rowancountync [dot] gov

New News June 2016


"Don't join the book burners"  President Dwight D. Eisenhower implored Dartmouth Collect Graduates on June 14, 1953, is the opening statement in an excellent article "The Story behind the Freedom To Read Statement in American Libraries June 2016.

Cool Fact!

The Intellectual Freedom Manual, 9th Edition is the #3 top selling book from ALA Publishing since April 1, 2016.



Previous Posts

ALA Ten Most Challenged Books of 2015 Released April 11, 2016

Watch ALA President Feldman Speak to Book Censorship

  Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

·  Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).

·  I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.

·  Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).

·  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).

·  The Holy Bible
Reasons: Religious viewpoint.

·  Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).

·  Habibi, by Craig Thompson
Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

·  Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.

·  Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”




Committee Charges:

  • To promote professional and public awareness of the importance of free access to information and the responsibility of libraries to provide such access
  • To serve as a clearinghouse for information relative to censorship
  • To support libraries in defense of intellectual freedom when requested to do so
  • To keep the Association and the Executive Board informed of infringements of intellectual freedom
  • To encourage librarians to adopt written selection policies and to secure the approval of such policies by their local boards
  • To cooperate with the Governmental Relations Committee in opposing any statutory abridgment of freedom in the selection and use of library materials
  • To urge librarians to ensure the privacy of library records

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