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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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John Green’s ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ banned in Riverside

“One of the most popular young adult novels of recent times has been banned in Riverside. The Riverside Unified School District has forbidden John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” in its middle school libraries. The school board voted to remove three copies of John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” from the library shelves of Frank Augustus Miller Middle School and to forbid its inclusion at other middle school libraries in the district. Even donations of the book are not to be accepted.” (via LA Times)

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Book ignites controversy at Oregon board meeting

“The story of a young woman growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution ignited controversy at an Oregon school board meeting. Some parents complained Tuesday night that students should not be allowed to read the book “Persepolis” without parental approval. The novel by Marjane Satrapi contains coarse language and scenes of torture, and it’s in high school libraries within the Three Rivers School District in southwest Oregon.” (via AP)

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Sightings: Why Not Save the Indignation for Something Worthwhile?

“Spring is here, which means that it’s time once again for the American Library Association’s annual Top 10 list of “most frequently challenged books.” These are the books that have drawn the largest number of formal complaints “requesting that materials be removed [from a library] because of content or appropriateness.” Each time the list comes out, enlightened readers hasten to snigger at those benighted members of the booboisie who dare to suggest that “Of Mice and Men” and “To Kill a Mockingbird,” both of which have previously appeared on the list, might possibly be thought unsuitable for consumption by youngsters.” (via WSJ.com)

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‘Captain Underpants’ doesn’t sit well with some

“The potty humor of “Captain Underpants” children’s books and the mature exploration of race and family violence by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison in “The Bluest Eye” would seem to have little in common. But among some parents, educators and other members of the general public who worry about what books are stocked at their local libraries, the works fall into the same category — they’re just too offensive and should be restricted or removed from the shelves. The American Library Association published its annual “State of the Libraries” report Sunday, which included its list of works most frequently “challenged” last year at schools and libraries.” (via AP)

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Novel pulled from Ankeny class after parent questions its content

“Classroom copies of a novel about a 9-year-old boy whose father died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were removed last week from an Ankeny school following questions from a parent about the book’s content. Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” contains profanity, sex and descriptions of violence, according to the American Library Association, which tracks challenged, restricted, removed and banned books. Assistant Superintendent Jill Urich said the novel was removed from ninth-grade classrooms at Northview Middle School because the title had not received school board approval for use in the district’s English curriculum.” (via The Des Moines Register)

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Erotic fairytale first book pulled from the New Zealand National Library for being too explicit

“A graphic novel that depicts the sexual encounters of fairytale heroines has made history as the first book pulled from the New Zealand National Library catalogue for being too explicit. The book has never been classified by the censor and the decision of the library to self-censor has angered those who say libraries should be champions of literary freedom. It has now become a cause celebre for fans wanting to have the book returned to the shelves and the library has indicated it may yet put it back.” (via Daily Life)

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Letter Urges Alamogordo Schools to Keep Neil Gaiman Book in Classrooms

“On Friday, October 11, 2013, the news began to spread that Neil Gaiman’s 1996 book Neverwhere had been banned in Alamogordo Public Schools in Arizona. While the book has not yet been banned, it is under challenge in the district and its use was suspended, halfway through the unit. The Kids’ Right to Read Project has written a letter cautioning against censoring the book and supporting the professional judgment of educators in the district.” (via NCAC)

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