[Libs-Or] Censorship Exhibit for Banned Books Week
anderson_katie at oslmac.osl.state.or.us
Wed May 21 09:28:40 PDT 2008
Censorship in Schools and Libraries" exhibit available for Banned Books Week - September 27 - October 4, 2008.
The Long Island Coalition Against Censorship is an association of 22 educational and community organizations (16 are public libraries and professional library organizations). The purpose of the Coalition is to defend challenges to the First Amendment rights of public and school libraries when there are efforts by individuals or groups to censor books and other materials
In planning an exhibit for Banned Books Week in the fall or at another time in 2008-2009, you might wish to consider displaying the new edition of our exhibit, "Censorship in Schools and Libraries."
The exhibit presents 32 illustrations of censorship each one approximately 11" x 14" with accompanying text that is 11" x 14." The history of censorship in public libraries and schools highlights incidents of censorship that have occurred nationally during the last 150 years. Included are descriptions of the censorship of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, In the Night Kitchen, The Catcher in the Rye, and the novels of Judy Blume and Chris Crutcher. The censorship of Susan Patron's novel, The Higher Power of Lucky, which was awarded the Newberry Prize in 1997 is in the new edition. U.S. Supreme Court decisions (including the landmark school case in the Island Trees School District) and lower court decisions are an integral part of the exhibit.
The 2008 edition includes efforts to censor the popular Harry Potter's children's books (Harry Potter books were burned in Alamogordo, New Mexico). Besides new cases, there is an update of censorship incidents in libraries and classrooms that have occurred since 1990. Quality copies have been reproduced which may be readily presented on posters or bulletin boards in your library or classroom and then retained by you as a reference source. If your space is limited, we suggest that you rotate the incidents of censorship during the time the exhibit is on display. Excerpts from the exhibit are on our web site www.the-licac.org. Click on Exhibits, "Censorship in Schools and Libraries" (for a description of the exhibit) and then Selected Cases. You may order the exhibit by e-mail or sending a purchase order to the LI Coalition Against Censorship, PO Box 296, Port Washington, N.Y. 11050. The cost of the exhibit including mailing charges is $40.00 postpaid by check. If you need further information our e-mail address is coalcen1 at verizon.net or call (516) 944-9799.
Donald Parker, Co-coordinator, LI Coalition Against Censorship
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