(1) The Long Island Coalition Against Censorship is offering a new edition of its exhibit, “Censorship in Schools and Libraries" for your library for Banned Books Week - the last week in September.
The 2009 edition of the exhibit covers 150 years of censorship with 32 illustrations/text. Challenged books include Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, In the Night Kitchen, The Catcher in the Rye, and the novels of Judy Blume and Chris Crutcher. The censorship of Susan Patron’s novel, The Higher Power of Lucky, which was awarded the Newbery Prize, is in the new edition. A significant addition is the censorship of Vamos a Cuba in Miami. Excerpts from the exhibit are at www.the-licac.org. You may order the exhibit by e-mail or sending a purchase order to the LI Coalition Against Censorship, PO Box 296, Port Washington, N.Y.11050. The cost of the exhibit including mailing charges is $40.00.
(2) This past month, the McCormick Freedom Museum in Chicago debuted a brand new exhibit Libraries and the First Amendment. It explores the many ways that libraries are both bastions and battlegrounds of First Amendment freedoms. It offers a virtual exhibit at www.FreedomInLibraries.org that features case studies, interactives, and comment boards. The second is a versatile poster show that transforms any public library into an exhibition space. The exhibit is offered as a free service to any library.