Banned Books Week 2020 + Defending Intellectual Freedom Guide

For one week each September, school libraries and other types of libraries celebrate Banned Books Week. This week spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and in schools. It also helps to bring together the entire book community in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas. 

Visit the website for the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2019, other handy lists, downloadables, display ideas, and more.

I'd also like to share a resource that school librarians may find particularly helpful when revising Selection Policies or dealing with book challenges. 

The American Association of School Librarians created a guide to support school librarians in addressing challenges related to censorship and patron privacy issues, particularly with LGBTQ+ materials. Defending Intellectual Freedom: LGBTQ+ Materials in School Libraries is not only a resource guide, but it's also a professional development tool. The guide uses the AASL Standards framework as scaffolding to help users explore LGBTQ+ materials and needs in their own communities.

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