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Weekly News Digest

April 9, 2024 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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ALA Starts National Library Week With a Focus on the Most Challenged Books

ALA published the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2023. “The Top 10 Books are featured in Unite Against Book Bans’ Book Résumé resource. Launched in February, these résumés support librarians, educators, parents, students, and other community advocates when they defend books from censorship,” ALA notes. The books are:
  1. Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe
  2. All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
  3. This Book Is Gay by Juno Dawson
  4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  5. Flamer by Mike Curato
  6. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  7. Tricks by Ellen Hopkins (tied with the next title)
  8. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews (tied with the previous title)
  9. Let’s Talk About It by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan
  10. Sold by Patricia McCormick

ALA also rolled out its latest State of America’s Libraries Report, “which highlights the ways libraries and library workers have taken action to address community needs with innovative and critical services, as well as the challenges brought on by censorship attempts.”

In addition, ALA revealed the theme for Banned Books Week 2024, which will be held Sept. 22–28. It is Freed Between the Lines, “which honors the ways in which books bring us freedom and that access to information is worth preserving.”

For more information, read the press release.

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