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In Banned Books Scavenger Hunt, The Prize Is Literary ‘Smut’

“Every year, libraries around the country observe Banned Books Week, to remind the public that even well known and much loved books can be the targets of censorship. This year, Washington, D.C.’s public library came up with a clever idea to focus attention on the issue: a banned books scavenger hunt.Now, readers are stalking local shops, cafes and bookstores looking for copies of books that are hidden behind distinctive black and white covers. There is no title on the cover, just a phrase — such as FILTHY, TRASHY or PROFANE — which describes the reason why some people wanted the book banned.” (via NPR)

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Florida Parents Push to Remove Popular ‘Internet Girls’ Series From School Libraries

“Parents in a school district near Jacksonville, Florida, are trying to remove two frequently challenged books from the Yulee Middle School’s library. According to the parents, books TTYL and its sequel TTFN– two novels in Lauren Myracle’s popular Internet Girls series– are inappropriate for their Middle School children. Florida’s Nassau County School District has convened a group named the Intellectual Freedom Committee to determine the fate of the books.” (via NCAC)

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Rosemount schools panel rejects parents’ request to pull library book

“A committee of parents and school staff has decided to retain a young adult book in Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school district libraries. Parents Ben and Kandi Lovin had asked the district to remove “Just One Day” by Gayle Forman from the four libraries, citing “adult themes” and inappropriate language. The couple made their request after their sixth-grade daughter brought the book home from the Rosemount Middle School library.” (via Pioneer Press)

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Fans of banned book ‘Some Girls Are’ donate hundreds of copies to Charleston library

“After an outcry from parents led West Ashley High School administrators to remove a young-adult novel from a freshman summer reading list, fans of the book responded by donating nearly 1,000 copies to the Charleston County Public Library. The book, Courtney Summers’ 2010 novel “Some Girls Are,” focuses on themes of bullying, rape and teenage drug use. Reached by email, Summers said she is not aware of any other instances in which her book has been removed from school reading lists.” (via Post and Courier)

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Petition to ban new books prompts new debate on censorship in Duval County

“Currently, there are 11 literary works that remain off the shelves of Duval County Public School libraries due to past protests from concerned citizens, but Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said adding more works to that list would set a bad precedent. “We are walking up a slippery slope when we start to decide what books we are going to ban from the curriculum,” he said. Yet, this week administrators at Duval County Public Schools received a petition from several citizens protesting the use of two new books added last month to the third-grade reading list: “Nasreen’s Secret School” and “The Librarian of Basra” both said to be based on the true stories from the Middle East.” (via Jacksonville.com)

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