Banned Websites Awareness Day!


To raise awareness of the overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries, AASL has designated one day during Banned Books Week as Banned Websites Awareness Day. On Wednesday, September 24, AASL is asking school librarians and other educators to promote an awareness of how overly restrictive filtering affects student learning.   - Source
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has a few excellent resources for those interested in learning more about banned websites - particularly those of you who work with (or have) kids in school!

In addition, here are some more great Banned Books Week links!

As grown-ups, we need to respect our children's rights to choose what they want to read. Kids who have fun reading are making a connection in their brains that reading is valuable and rewarding. That very connection is what turns ordinary kids into lifelong readers. - Dav Pilkey, author of the Captain Underpants series, which tops the Banned Books list, in My Book Makes Kids Laugh, And It Was Banned Anyway. (Now go read the whole article.)
Today, I had Swicky and Coconut read The Adventures of Captain Underpants, and we discussed how libraries determine what books they offer, how a book becomes challenged and/or banned, why Captain Underpants, in particular, faces challenges, and the dangers of censorship. I'll talk about all this in my post tomorrow, because I know some of my readers are asking the same questions! 


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