Banned Books Week: Book Censorship in Our Backyard

Banned Books Week: Book Censorship in Our Backyard

If you follow local news, you may have caught wind of an attempt by a Virginia Senator to banned select books from Chesterfield County Schools summer reading list. Back in June, Chesterfield County Public School release a recommend list of summer reading titles for middle and high school students.  After the list was published, some parents felt the titles were inappropriate for children and demanded that the books be removed from the schools' libraries. Leading the charge, Senator Amanda Chase took it a step further by suggesting that librarians be fired for book…continue reading →
Banned Books Week: Author Spotlight on Women Writers

Banned Books Week: Author Spotlight on Women Writers

Who are these people writing the materials in question?  Some of our favorite authors!  Many authors have multiple titles that have been challenged or banned over time.  To recognize their works and efforts, let's take a look at some of the most frequently banned authors from the last 30 years: Judy Blume A beloved author for decades, Judy Blume has quite the record of challenged or banned books.  According to the American Library Associations list of 100 most frequently challenged or banned books from 1990-1999, Blume has five titles listed. Are You There…continue reading →
Banned Books Week: Graphic Novels Spotlight

Banned Books Week: Graphic Novels Spotlight

If you have visited either campus library, you can tell how much we enjoy graphic novels at the Tyler libraries.  In addition to the frequently banned/challenged books that we have on display, you should also visit our graphic novel display to see what else we can celebrate during Banned Books Week!  If you can't make it by the library to see what we have to offer, the following list highlights some of the most frequently challenged or banned graphic works and this history of their bans and challenges: Pride of Baghdad by Brian K.…continue reading →
Banned Books Week at the Midlothian Library

Banned Books Week at the Midlothian Library

We want to start our Banned Books Week celebrations by getting you to visit your Tyler libraries!  Yes, come to the physical space of the library and browse our Banned Books display at the Midlothian campus to see what titles we have to offer.   This year's Banned Books Week is centered around celebrating the titles that encourage and promote diversity through their content. The books that Midlothian has on display highlight some of the most frequently banned or challenged books with diverse content according the the records held by the American Library…continue reading →
Banned Books Week has Begun!

Banned Books Week has Begun!

Welcome to the Tyler libraries celebration of Banned Books Week 2016!  This week, the Library Space blog will feature posts highlighting the importance of initiatives like Banned Books Weeks and fighting censorship in our public libraries, school, and institutions! To start the week, let's talk a little about the background of Banned Books Week. It started over 30 years ago with Judith Krug, a first amendment and library activist. Ms. Krug contacted the American Library Association's committee on Intellectual Freedom about the banning of books in public institutions.  Shortly after contacting ALA, Banned…continue reading →