Monday, September 28, 2009

ALA downloads for banned books week

At the ALA website, I found the following quote that helps to explain the difference between a challenge and a ban. Far more books have been challenged than banned, but my guess is that "Challenged Books Week" wouldn't catch people's attention in quite the same way. Some folks have called the label duplicitous, but were it not for the diligence of librarians and community members in defending against challenges, challenges would result in bans much more often.

What's the difference between a challenge and a banning?

A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. Due to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens, most challenges are unsuccessful and most materials are retained in the school curriculum or library collection.

ALA, About Banned Books

While at the ALA website, I downloaded my icon, as well as the lovely image you see below:

Kiva - loans that change lives

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