Confront Censors

has a reprint of the speech given by
Paul McMasters at the Maine Librarians

\"Just about every type of speech
one can think of is under attack today: sexual speech,
violent speech, hate speech, unpatriotic speech,
\"coarse\" speech, uncivil speech.\"


Order about to be issued on Boston Public Library

Don Saklad writes \"Massachusetts Public Records Division is about to issue an
order on city of Boston Public Library interlibrary loan
department officer D. Keller and president Bernard Margolis
to comply and disclose legitimately public information.

Details about how you can get your supervisory, managerial
and executive public library officials to comply with state
FOI freedom of information, open government and open public
meeting sunshine intellectual freedom principles
http://www.ma.lwv.org/guideto.htm#Minutes and Other Public Records


Mommy Wants Book Pulled

A story from The Chicago Tribune tells us that a woman wants a book pulled from her sons school. Why?

\"a children\'s book about Marvin Redpost, a grade schooler who kisses his elbow and becomes a girl, is inappropriate for her son and is seeking to have it banned from his school library.

Holy Homophobia!


Hot-Button Books Divide Communities

CT Now has a Story on how a few books are getting libaries in trouble. Titles include \'After the First Death\', \'Deliverance\' and \'Kaffir Boy\'


Library to keep porn

The Union
in San Diego, is Reporting \"Two books
containing pictures that a San Diego judge deemed
child pornography will remain on library shelves
because a committee of experts that reviewed the
questioned pages has concluded that the photographic
work is \"culturally and artistically significant,\" library
officials said yesterday. \"


Free speech and Laura Schlessinger

James Nimmo writes:
Growth or Greed?

Human events are often filled with questions that require choices in
trying to find answers: yes/no, pro/con, either/or,
fundamental/progressive. Sometimes these choices are not clear cut but
dimmed with shades of gray. Does the following question have a clear-cut
answer or is it of the non-white/non-black variety? Does the media
personality Laura Schlessinger have an absolute First Amendment freedom to
write and say whatever she wants in her newspaper column, radio program,
possibly, television talk show?


Why Have Controversial Material in Your Library

Karen McCandlish writes:
Why have controversial material in your library? I was just discussing this topic with a friend, and I came up with a few reasons why it might be good to have anti-gay or racist or other controversial material in a library. It certainly is a way of raising people\'s consciousness, and perhaps their consciences, as to what\'s really out there - the level of hate where these people are coming from.


Six library forum speakers seek ban

A Story from NC that has several people calling library materials \"pornographic\"

\"Six of eight speakers asked for some materials to be stored in areas off-limits to children, and for filters on computers to limit access to obscene information. The other two speakers asked the committee to look into extending children’s summer programs and to consider building a library somewhere on or near Murchison Road.\"\"“On Holy Thursday, let’s consider wisely what we are doing,” Barton said\"


Inner City Mother Goose Pulled from Shelf

A Story on how the Whitney Point Central School District (NY) has removed Inner City Mother Goose by Eve Merriam from its middle school library after a parent complained about its language and content.The book, The Inner City Mother Goose by Eve Merriam, updates Mother Goose rhymes to make satirical comments on street violence, housing inadequacies, crime and other problems plaguing inner cities.


Booksellers disavow content of controversial title

News.com has a story on a move by Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com to post statements that say they don\'t endorse the views expressed in \"The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion,\". The actions are already drawing criticism from an online civil rights group.

\"The book is anti-Semitic (and) used by haters every day of the week to promote their ideology,\" said Myrna Shinbaum, the ADL director of media relations. She said the ADL contacted the booksellers after receiving hundreds of complaints.\"



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