This article brings up interesting points when dealing with reading materials in school.
Censorship Issues in School Libraries
by Shannon Mills
Censorship can occur “anytime a book or other library material is removed from its intended audience”. Libraries often face challenges from patrons who desire to have material they find offensive removed from the collection. 139 challenges to materials were reported in Canadian libraries in 2009 , and 348 challenges to materials were reported in US libraries in 2010.
Furthermore, an estimated 85 percent of challenges are unreported and receive no media attention. The CLA Statement on Intellectual Freedom claims it “is the responsibility of libraries to guarantee and facilitate access to all expressions of knowledge and intellectual activity, including those which some elements of society may consider to be unconventional, unpopular or unacceptable”. According to Article III of ALA’s Library Bill of Rights, “libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment”.
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