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Banned Books Week Spotlight: South Atlanta High School

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Friday, September 27, 2013

Each day during Banned Books Week we will profile one of the seven recipients of FTRF's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund 2013 Banned Books Week grants. Day 6 features South Atlanta School of Law and Social Justice in Georgia.

The School of Law and Social Justice is one of four small schools in the South Atlanta High School complex in Atlanta, Ga.  Their grant went to support "Danger! Black Men Reading," a series of events highlighting banned and challenged books by African American male authors, including Ralph Ellison (of Invisible Man fame), Malcolm X, and James Baldwin.

Their events included a Banned Books Week/Library Card Sign-Up Month combined event, an essay contest, Banned Books Week awards luncheon, and a virtual Read-Out.

South Atlanta has posted a number of photos on their Facebook page and created this preview video to kick the week off!

 

 

Tags:  African American literature  Banned Books Week  BBW2014  Judith Krug Memorial Fund  social justice  South Atlanta High School 

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Banned Books Week Spotlight: Livingston Public Library

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Thursday, September 26, 2013

Each day during Banned Books Week we will profile one of the seven recipients of FTRF's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund 2013 Banned Books Week grants. Day 5 features Livingston Parish Library in Louisiana.

A Southern Style Cafe.  Banned picture shows.  Southern Literature lecture.  Skits and trivia.  There's a plethora of events with a singular focus on the South taking place this week at Livingston Parish Library just east of Baton Rouge, La.

The Southern Style Cafe was Monday and is being repeated this evening.  Residents are encouraged to come read from their favorite Southern banned/challenged books and listen to country music.

Tuesday and Saturday are the dates of the Banned Picture Show, featuring films based on banned and challenged books.

Sunday, Sept. 29, there will be a Southern Literature Lecture with professors from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Mornings throughout September saw Free to Read programming with a goal of explaining Banned Books Week to kids, highlighting books such as A Light in the Attic and Where the Wild Things Are.

Finally, next Monday (Sept. 30), there will be a Banned Books Skit & Trivia event involving the Young Writers Circle.

Read the Library Director's report on Livingston's Banned Books Week celebration.

Tags:  Banned Books Week  BBW2014  Ju  Judith Krug Memorial Fund  Livingston Parish  Southern literature 

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Banned Books Week spotlight: Judith's Reading Room

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Each day during Banned Books Week we will profile one of the seven recipients of FTRF's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund 2013 Banned Books Week grants. Day 4 features Judith's Reading Room in Pennsylvania.

Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi's award-winning graphic novel that was removed from Chicago Public School classes earlier this year - is the theme for "The Emotive Powers of Literature: Celebrating Banned Books Through Dance," an event presented by Judith's Reading Room at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, MA PA  The event, created in collaboration with Muhlenberg's Six Meters improvisational dance ensemble, will focus on Persepolis and 40 other books that have been banned and challenged.

There will be two performances on Thursday, at 12:30 and 7:00 p.m.  The performances are open to the public.


Read more about the event here.


 


This is the second Krug Fund grant for Judith's Reading Room, which garnered national press for its Banned Books Flash Mob in conjunction with Lafayette College last year.

 


Named in honor of Judith Krug, Judith's Reading Room promotes "Freedom through Literature" by providing fully stocked, custom-designed permanent libraries and mobile book carts to organizations that serve people who have limited or no mobility and communities that have limited or no access to books. Recipients of libraries include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, children’s homes, adult community centers, and international schools with limited resources.

Tags:  Banned Books Week  BBW2014  dance  Judith Krug Memorial Fund  Judith's Reading Room  Muhlenberg College 

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Banned Websites Awareness Day

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Wednesday, September 25, 2013

 

Today is the third annual Banned Websites Awareness Day, sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).  As more resources appear online, it is incumbent that we remain vigilant about the harms of internet censorship, including for students. Too many students are finding that overzealous administrators are keeping them from the very tools that will allow them to be truly literate in a digital world.

To learn more about the topic of filtering in schools, check out these resources:

Also a good read is YALSA's Wendy Stephens' blog post today.

If you have more resources, add them in the comments or tweet them to us at @ftrf

Tags:  Banned Websites Awareness Day 

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Banned Books Week Spotlight: Yuma County Library

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Each day during Banned Books Week we will profile one of the seven recipients of FTRF's Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund 2013 Banned Books Week grants. Day 3 features the Yuma County Library District in Arizona.

"Time in the Slammer" is the theme of Yuma County Library's Banned Books Week activities.  All week, community members are invited to one of six district libraries to sit and read banned and challenged books in "jail cells" created for this week (see example, below).

Keeping with that theme, tomorrow there will be a screening of the 1932 film Scarface with a discussion about film censorship.  5:00 p.m., Main Library, Yuma.

Yuma is also presenting "Banned Bands and Taboo Tunes," an interactive history of music censorship, yesterday at the main library and this coming Saturday morning at the Foothills branch.

See the entire list of events at http://yumalibrary.org/public/banned-book-week/.  You can also follow them on Twitter at @yumalibrary and Facebook at www.facebook.com/yumalibrary.

 

Tags:  Banned Books Week  BBW2014  Judith Krug Memorial Fund  Scarface  Yuma County Library District 

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