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saywhat-politics · 19 hours ago
Authors say that the effort to ban books about race is "censorship."
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misteranthrope · a day ago
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Banning LGBTQ+ books from schools is a real problem because, for many kids, reading those books is the one of the only ways to understand themselves and others.
I grew up in a very, very homophobic + transphobic household, but having access to books with queer characters helped me to begin to understand my feelings and accept that this was normal.
Additionally, I have non-LGBTQ+ friends who grew up in intolerant households who became allies because of these books.
Books are powerful because they can help people to see other perspectives and learn about things they wouldn't otherwise know. Having books with queer characters will help queer kids to accept themselves, and it will reduce bullying and hatred because it will teach others that being LGBTQ+ is okay (and that bigotry is not).
Having LGBTQ+ books in schools and public libraries isn't going to hurt kids. Banning them will.
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pemfrost · 2 months ago
9/20/21 update: they have reversed the ban. After national attention (a year later) the board walked back their ban, but don't forget there is a school board election in November. (Link)
Just a reminder of how important local elections are! Vote!
Please share to help spread the word
Posts with links don't always show up in the tags :/
(Link to op's tiktok) - the acting superintendent right now the board president’s email
As of Monday, they are still refusing to change their book ban.
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On Monday night, the Central York School Board maintained its stance on a banned resource list published in August after a week of student and community protest over the issue. 
After much deliberation between members, numerous citizen comments and student protests over the last week, the board addressed some of the concerns residents have over a list of banned resources that was initially curated by the district’s diversity committee.
PARU Vice President Christina Ellis was the first to speak, expressing her dismay over the ban.
“There is no reason that ‘I am Rosa Parks’ or a pro-diversity coloring book should be on the chopping block,” said PARU Vice President Christina Ellis.
Banned resources include items such as a CNN collaboration episode with the children’s television show “Sesame Street,” an exhibit in the Smithsonian Museum available online and the PA Association of School Administrator’s statement on race.
Two school board members, Vickie Guth and Veronica Gemma, said the curriculum would breed white guilt into the students. 
"The references that were made in this committee about teaching tolerance talked about white privilege and white saviorism," Guth said at an August 2020 school board meeting. "So, you can’t win. If you’re normal, you’re a white privilege. If you’re trying to change things, you’re doing it out of the savior mentality."
The district sent a statement to the Central York community the next day, noting that comments made by individual school board members reflect the personal views, ideologies and beliefs of individual board members and not of the administration of Central York School District or the School Board as a whole.
"Sure, they’re saying that," White said. "And whoever wrote that statement might even believe it — but these are the people deciding on the curriculum. So how can the district say this is not reflective of them?"
Jane Johnson -
Veronica Gemma -
Vickie Guth -
Chris Farling -
Jodi Grothe -
Kyle King -
Gregory Lewis -
Tim Strickler -
Michael Wagner -
Brent Kessler, Board Secretary/Business Manager -
Michael Snell, Superintendent -
Robert Grove, Assistant Superintendent -
The next potest is scheduled for October 4th at 5pm Monday September 20th the district's physical address: 775 Marion Rd, York, PA 17406
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bi-trans-alliance · 19 days ago
“Please, leave the queer books on the library shelves, where the queer teens can find them,” "Gender Queer" author Kobabe wrote in a Washington Post op-ed last month, noting that the claim their work is pornography is "a common accusation against work with themes of queer sexuality."
“As a queer teen, I desperately needed them. And the queer teens of today need them too," they wrote.
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libraryofthemuses · 9 days ago
Helpful Library Resources
These are all sites, pathfinders, research guides, and more that I made during my LIS a few sources that I reference or find interesting for my professional library work and personal research!
Pathfinders and Research Guides
Teaching Mythology Through Modern Literature and Beyond
A pathfinder for teaching various world mythologies to middle school age students using modern YA literature and videos catered to a young audience
Maus by Art Spiegelman
An exploration of the seminal graphic novel Maus by Art Spiegelman, focusing on how this moving Holocaust survivor’s tale has stood the test of time and has become an icon in both autobiographies and graphic novels
The Troubles: Conflict in Northern Ireland
A pathfinder for digital resources about The Troubles, the era of political conflict and violence in Northern Ireland; sources include videos, audiobooks, podcasts, music, databases, and more
So, I Read This Book...
A guide on movies and television to watch next based on what YA book you just read (aimed at teen and YA readers)
Explorations of Librarianship Disciplines
Classics Librarianship
Professional resources helpful to librarians and library professionals considering a career or just doing research in Classical Studies
Linguistics Librarianship
Professional resources helpful to librarians and library professionals considering a career or just doing research in linguistics
Other Useful Resources 
A worldwide catalog useful for seeing what is available in other library catalogs
Banned & Challenged Classics
A list from the American Library Association detailing the most commonly banned or challenged literature
The Big Five US Trade Book Publishers
A neat graphic categorizing book publishers under the 5 main trade book publishers: Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, and Hachette
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mysterioususerx · 8 days ago
The graphic novel “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Maia Kobabe is available to read for free right now for Kindle Unlimited members.
It explores a lot of topics connected to being AFAB in the Genderqueer/Transgender spectrum, and Ace too (no, they’re not connected). If you’re in the spectrum, or wondering if you are, and have no friends who are in the spectrum to talk with about it, this might help.
Remeber: we’re all different, and it’s a spectrum. This is the memoir of just one person’s journey and experiences in life.
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othmeralia · 2 months ago
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We're not prudes here at the Othmer library but a previous owner of this book on alchemy certainly was! The unification, marriage, and copulation of the king and queen are powerful allegories in alchemy and represent uniting opposites to create an amalgamated whole. It's thought that the king represented sulfur and the queen mercury and, like most alchemical symbols, probably represented real chemical processes. There are two illustrations of the titillating unification of the king and queen in this book and both are painted over red, but no other illustrations in the book are touched. It's not entirely uncommon for book owners to mark, edit, censor their books as they see fit, but they obviously just didn't get alchemy.
Artis auriferae, quam chemiam vocant, 1610.
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ebookporn · 10 months ago
Industry Members Unite to Block Trump Administration Book Deals
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Author Barry Lyga has posted an open letter signed by more than 250 authors, agents, booksellers, and publishers supporting their opposition to any publisher signing up President Donald Trump or members of his administration for any further book deals.
"Traditionally, members of an outgoing administration can—and do—rely on the cushion of a fat book contract with a healthy advance. In the case of the Trump Administration and its history of outrages, lies, and incitement to insurrection, we cannot allow this to stand. No one should be enriched for their contribution to evil," Lyga wrote in an email to PW.
Titled "No Book Deal for Traitors," the letter reads, as follows:
We all love book publishing, but we have to be honest—our country is where it is in part because publishing has chased the money and notoriety of some pretty sketchy people, and has granted those same people both the imprimatur of respectability and a lot of money through sweetheart book deals.
As members of the writing and publishing community of the United States, we affirm that participation in the administration of Donald Trump must be considered a uniquely mitigating criterion for publishing houses when considering book deals.
Consequently, we believe: No participant in an administration that caged children, performed involuntary surgeries on captive women, and scoffed at science as millions were infected with a deadly virus should be enriched by the almost rote largesse of a big book deal. And no one who incited, suborned, instigated, or otherwise supported the January 6, 2021, coup attempt should have their philosophies remunerated and disseminated through our beloved publishing houses.
“Son of Sam” laws exist to prevent criminals from benefiting financially from writing about their crimes. In that spirit, those who enabled, promulgated, and covered up crimes against the American people should not be enriched through the coffers of publishing.
We are writers, editors, journalists, agents, and professionals in multiple forms of publishing. We believe in the power of words and we are tired of the industry we love enriching the monsters among us, and we will do whatever is in our power to stop it.
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In light of the recent push to ban the memoir Genderqueer, here's a chart from the ALA on book challenges and censorship.
As you can see, a lot of books are challenged because they contain LGBTQ+ themes, support anti-racism and the BLM movement, emphasize social justice, and cover other important topics.
This isn't about protecting children - this is about silencing important perspectives.
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awed-frog · a year ago
Under the parental oversight of public libraries bill, which has been proposed by Missouri Republican Ben Baker, panels of parents would be elected to evaluate whether books are appropriate for children. Public hearings would then be held by the boards to ask for suggestions of potentially inappropriate books, with public libraries that allow minors access to such titles to have their funding stripped. Librarians who refuse to comply could be fined and imprisoned for up to one year.
Titles including Sherman Alexie’s award-winning The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five and Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, a young adult novel about the rape of a teenager, have all come under fire in Missouri over the last decade.
“Every reader and writer in the country should be horrified, absolutely horrified, at this bill. The fact that a librarian could actually be imprisoned for following his or her conscience and refusing to block minors from access to a book, that tells you all you need to know about the suitability of this act within a democratic society.”
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juniebgroans · 2 months ago
Banned Book Month is now! Its important but if I have to see another person be like "we support these lame books from the 80s by Stephen King" as their way of showing support to Banned Book month...the books most frequently challenged nowadays are books that deal with racism, police brutality and/or queer people. No one gives a fuck about the Catcher in the Rye anymore so stop touting how much you support JD Salinger and freedom of speech. Take an actual stance on real censorship thats happening now, cowards.
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gramarobin · 21 days ago
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themaninthegreenshirt · 4 months ago
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Reading a copy of D.H. Lawrence's 'Lady Chatterley's Lover', on the tube, 3rd November 1960. The previous day, the novel was found not to be obscene and the full unexpurgated edition was made available in Britain for the first time.
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