The ALSC Quicklists Consulting Committee has created a booklist, Books on Islam for Children and Teens, to assist members who may be receiving requests for book titles on Islam, Muslims and the Qur’an in response to a planned public burning of the Qur’an by Rev. Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida. The suggested reading list is now available on the ALSC website. The list is a mixture of fiction and nonfiction; and is divided by preschoolers, elementary school students and teenagers. The Committee expects to refine the list in the weeks to come, so please check back for updates.
Also, in Chicago, librarians and library advocates will speak out and support the freedom to read by assembling on the step of ALA headquarters on Saturday, September 11th at 1pm and will make a statement against book burning and will read from the Qur’an. For more information regarding the protest against book burning, see Inside Scoop: News and Views from Inside American Libraries .