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 April 2016

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

Watch ALA President Feldman Speak to Book Censorship

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  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”

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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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