Censorship: A Literary Tug of War

Censorship: A Literary Tug of War

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Censorship is everywhere and the general assumption is that it’s for the utmost moral reasoning. From a young age, people instantly recognize the bleeps on TV and know they weren’t supposed to hear the naughty words coming from the screen. It’s so ingrained in us so young that no one thinks to question it until adulthood. People go through an equal amount of experiences that hopefully allowed their skin to thicken to such things no rational person would pepper into a child’s ever-developing brain. However, there is indeed a large divide between an obscenity being blurted out and something much …

Librarians Are Taking a Stand for Banned Book Week

Librarians Are Taking a Stand for Banned Book Week

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It’s Banned Book Week and librarians are fighting back.  Last year over four-hundred-eighty books were banned, and a majority of the books had to do with the LGBTQ community. This year the books don’t even have to have an LGBTQ protagonist—just a single LGBTQ background character is reason enough for a book to be banned.   Image via Libguides   The target demographic for this week of banned books is, of course, children and teens. The top books on the list are Young Adult novels and children’s books. The number one book on the list is written by author Alex …

Maine Pastors Seek to Ban Books from Library’s Banned Book Display

Maine Pastors Seek to Ban Books from Library’s Banned Book Display

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Banned Books Week is coming! That means that the period between September 23d and September 29th is a time to recognize and celebrate works suppressed by censorship for dubious reasons. This years theme is “Banning Books Silences Stories.”   Not everyone is jazzed for Banned Books week. Specifically, a group of pastors in Maine are distinctly not jazzed. In fact, they are so devoid of jazz that they recently sought to have a local library in Maine ban books from the banned book table they’ve set up for Banned Book Week. And the repetition in that sentence makes me think of that one …