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ERIC Number: EJ1074345
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1094-9046
Rethinking the "Restricted" Shelf
Doyle, Miranda
Knowledge Quest, v44 n1 72-73 Sep-Oct 2015
It's the whispering and giggling that tips off the school librarian, and the growing circle of students gathering around a book or computer screen. The students have discovered something, and it's probably not just a funny cat video or a particularly fascinating diagram of a medieval castle. Maybe it's a book about: puberty, an art book with a few nude paintings, a family with two moms, or a novel with four-letter words. It might be a title about drugs, violence, gangs, or graffiti, or a sensitive topic--dealing with death, mental illness, or abuse. These subject matters can cause consternation to school librarians as they consider these diverse publications and where they belong in the school library. This author contends that maybe it is time to look at the "Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books" (released by the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom) that addresses the controversies of diverse content.
American Association of School Librarians. Available from: American Library Association. 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Tel: 1-800-545-2433; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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