Censors challenge ‘Games’ books for libraries

Philadelphia Daily News – “YOU WOULD think that in this day and age – when Exxon/Mobil commercials tell us American children are dumber than paste – parents would be happy that their children were reading anything longer than a tweet, but for the second year in a row, Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy was among the most “challenged” books, as reported Sunday by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. The ALA defines a challenge as “a formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness.”

One Response to “Censors challenge ‘Games’ books for libraries”

  1. Dan Kleinman of SafeLibraries
    April 10, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    Homosexuality is no longer a listed reason for challenging books. And Tango Makes Three has topped or nearly topped the list for five years straight, until now. Now it is not even on the list at all. Now no book is listed for homosexuality. That is very good news.

    However, I can’t help but wonder if my exposing how last year’s 2010 list was faked, precisely on the issue of homosexuality, made a difference. The recording I made of the 2010 award-winning author admitting the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom [OIF] fudged the numbers likely was key. See:
    http://safelibraries.blogspot.com/2011/09/banned-books-week-is-gay-promotion.html

    That said, the OIF still fails to list the number of challenges for each listed book. I am certain that is because so few challenges are made that no one would pay heed to such a list showing book challenges are really not a problem, a truth directly counter to the OIF’s message. Last year, for example, the top book (Tango) was challenged 4 times all year, though the OIF said dozens. That’s a problem. Solution? Don’t provide the individual numbers, only the aggregate.

    Demand the numbers. Demand intellectual freedom. How many times was each book challenged.

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