This year, Banned Books Week will be held September 22-October 3. …But given all that’s going on right now, this might also be the last thing on your mind. So, with just a few days to prepare, here are 5 ways you can support Banned Books Week that are virtual and won’t take a lot of prep time.
After becoming embroiled in a book challenge in our district. I finally took the proactive step of sharing the values of intellectual freedom with my students.
“May you live in interesting times.” This old curse seems to be visiting us en masse, as 2020 delivers an endless stream of astonishing and devastating developments. As always, librarians have a role to play in helping children and their families to navigate the world in which we find ourselves. To meet their needs, it’s more important than ever that we strive to understand and connect with everyone in the community. Inclusiveness is a foundational idea of intellectual freedom, and it starts with knowledge about the challenges faced by people whose experience may be different from ours. Given that roughly only 12% of credentialed U.S. librarians are Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), it’s safe to say that most of us could learn a thing or two about the BIPOC experience in America. And considering the fact that as of 2018 less than half of children under 15 in the…
The library community recognizes that diverse authors and diverse content have been limited for too long.
Incorporating information literacy in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) programming in a fun and engaging manner is an essential part of encouraging responsible digital citizenship and inspiring children to think about thinking.
Incorporating intellectual freedom into outreach in a fun and engaging manner is an essential component of bringing our core values into the community, and bringing the library beyond its physical borders. Some of the tips listed below can be applied broadly to all types of outreach and communication/collaboration with outside agencies and organizations.
The ALA Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia featured a number of meetings and sessions of relevance to those interested in intellectual freedom for children in schools and libraries. Here are some highlights for those who may have missed them, courtesy of the ALSC Intellectual Freedom Committee.
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