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Are Shakespeare and adult entertainment incompatible? Not hardly, says Prof. Richard Burt. \"He\'s even written a screenplay called Shrew You!, which he believes is the first lesbian adaptation of Taming of the Shrew.\"
For The Seattle Times, David Olson writes...
\"In its second book-banning vote in five years, the Federal Way Public Schools board Tuesday turned down several parents\' request to remove six books from high-school English classes. The complaining parents were offended by vulgar language and sexual and violent scenes in the novels. But school officials and other parents said the books are great literature and appropriate for teenagers in an advanced English class.\" I\'ll bet those same complaining parents use the f-word in front of their kids. [more...]
The gay pride display that caused all the fuss when the
mayor of Anchorage ordered it to be removed is now back up
in the Z.J. Loussac Public Library, after the Alaska Civil
Liberties Union took the case to court and a federal judge
overturned the mayor\'s decision. However, the whole sorry
tale might not end there, as this story from the Anchorage Daily News reports.
It\'s possible that the money to pay the AkCLU\'s attorneys
may come from the library rather than from the mayor.
For the background to this whole business, see the original posting.
A South Carolina librarian, recognized as one of the top most influential 20th century librarians, has written a book about banned books.
\"the book is designed to show adults how they can guide young students through novels that have been banned for reasons including foul language, overt sex and racial rhetoric. “I don’t believe every book is for every child,” she said in a telephone interview. “But these are books that shouldn’t be missed.” [more...] from MSNBC.
This time it comes from Alamogordo, NM. It seems there\'s more brouhaha over another gay pride display. I think everyone should just be allowed to display everything ... on second thought... [more...] from The Alamogordo Daily News.
Thanks to Sue for sending the link to this one from Excite News. For the Associated Press, (Denver, CO), author Colleen Slevin writes...
\"In a world where twins are illegal, a baby twin boy is \"released\" from life with a fatal injection. A girl, overcome with painful memories in a utopian society in which strong feelings are frowned upon, administers the fatal needle herself. The topics in Lois Lowry\'s \"The Giver\" have created controversy in libraries and classrooms across the country since it was first published in 1993. Parent opposition to the book\'s treatment of suicide and euthanasia helped it reach No. 11 on the American Library Association\'s list of most challenged books of the 1990s. The Newberry Medal winner was No. 10 on the last year\'s list, which was headed by \"Harry Potter.\" Lowry\'s book has been challenged in schools in at least five states since 1999, sometimes more than once.\" [more...]
A federal judge has ordered the city to reinstall a
gay-pride exhibit at its main library. The court said \"We
just don\'t have a consistent and unambiguous policy
that meets the test\". No word from Mayor George
Wuerch in this one.
From The Freedom Forum, someone at the Associated Press writes...
\"A local public library director is under fire for removing a biblical reference from a goodie bag for children in a summer reading program. Linda Mielke, director of the Carroll County Public Library (Westminster, MD), said she decided the Bible verse on a discount coupon for a Pennsylvania corn maze was inappropriate for the library to hand out. So she had library volunteers use markers to delete the verse on the 13,000 coupons.\" [more...] from
There\'s a follow up to This Story at the Washington Post.
The Fairfax County School Board is ground zero for PABBIS. The library board said that only certain children will be permitted to read Ken Follett\'s \"The Pillars of the Earth\" by a 7 to 4 vote. Librarians are to restrict circulation to students in 10th through 12th grades.
\"Cathy Belter, a librarian, was one of the few board members to consider the radical notion that other times had other values and that violent scenes in a 1,000-page tome on medieval architecture do not necessarily mean Fairfax teenagers will arrive at school bearing crossbows and catapults.\"
Mary Minow passed along This Story from the Anchorage Daily News on the big gay pride exhibit at the Anchorage city library. It seems his lawyer said \"Don\'t put it back up and don\'t allow displays by other nonlibrary groups\", so he did.
The group will begin to review the exhibit policy.