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CNN Looks at Libraries and Censorship of Children's Books
Scottie Andrew writes the following in “Libraries Oppose Censorship. So They’re Getting Creative When It Comes to Offensive Kids’ Books” for CNN:
It’s an ugly surprise present in classics like ‘Little House on the Prairie,’ ‘Peter Pan’ and several Dr. Seuss picture books—racist depictions of indigenous, Black and Asian characters that mar some of the best-loved works in children’s literature.
It’s hard to imagine a children's library collection without those titles. It’s up to librarians, then, to determine whether those books and others with racist content still deserve a spot on their shelves, said Deborah Caldwell Stone, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.
‘We may make a reevaluation of those books and their place in the canon,’ she told CNN. ‘It doesn’t mean that people should stop reading the books or not have them in their collection, but they should be thinking critically about the books and how they are shared with young people.’ …
Some libraries may move an offending book to the adult collection or historical archives, where it can live as a ‘historical artifact’ that reflects the dominant attitudes of the time it was published.
But perhaps the most important consideration a librarian has is the wants and needs of their readers—is a book reflective of the community the library serves? …
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