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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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