July 2, 1991 |
The Justice Department on Monday issued proposed regulations to control the spread of child pornography, but the action brought immediate criticism and the promise of renewed litigation from arts, library and publishing groups.
September 27, 1988 |
The American Library Assn. on Monday began its seventh annual Banned Books Week, a campaign designed to focus attention on the dangers of censorship. The association maintains a group that monitors attempts to ban books at libraries and schools nationwide. Some of the titles from its 1987-88 list of "Books Some People Consider Dangerous" include: * "The Wizard of Oz" by Lyman Frank Baum, challenged in Church Hill, Tenn.
November 5, 1989 |
The FBI ran background checks on more than 250 Americans who protested a controversial library surveillance program in an effort to learn whether the critics were backed by Soviet intelligence services, according to FBI documents released Saturday. An FBI spokesman acknowledged that the bureau had run "minimal checks" on critics of the program, but he insisted that the FBI had not undertaken a large-scale effort to discredit librarians or civil libertarians who objected to the library visits.
March 6, 1988 |
While some of us had the chance to visit Indian pueblos when we were in school, we were still left with the impression that these were settlements rather than remnants of civilizations. This thinking was no doubt influenced by our textbooks, which looked back at the descendants of our nation's family--the Greeks and Romans--rather than at the older, roughly comparable progenitors of our land--the Mayas and the Aztecs.
February 8, 1987 |
Maybe Sid Fleischman should take more showers. "There's a call from Chicago," his wife, Betty, told him while he was sudsing away the week before last. "I don't know anybody in Chicago," he called back. After he had dried off, the Santa Monica writer called back and learned the telephonic missive had not been a plea to speak at some conference or convention. ("Children's writers are called on a great deal for speeches," Fleischman explained.) Instead, it was the American Library Assn.
June 20, 1993 |
Outsiders have always been "in" in young-adult fiction. Those who deviate from the norm--especially amid the intense peer pressure of teen-age years--may make us uncomfortable in real life but fascinate us in the pages of a book. The reason could be that reading about characters whose outward appearance or behavior or life circumstances set them apart is a safe way to explore the pain of our own feelings of separateness.