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ERIC Number: EJ932813
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6855
Shhh! No Opinions in the Library: "IndyKids" and Kids' Right to an Independent Press
Vender, Amanda
Rethinking Schools, v25 n4 p52-54 Sum 2011
"Nintendo Power," "Sports Illustrated for Kids," and a biography of President Obama were on prominent display as the author entered the branch library in Forest Hills, Queens. The librarian looked skeptical when the author asked the librarian if she could leave copies of "IndyKids" newspapers on the free literature table. The branch manager decided she could not leave "IndyKids" because it is "too political." This is the kind of response "IndyKids" often receives when the author approaches public libraries. "IndyKids" is a national, progressive newspaper that aims to engage kids in grades 4 to 7 in national and world issues, to encourage them to form their own opinions, and to become part of the larger movement for justice and peace. With the belief that the news does not have to be hidden or "dumbed down" for kids, "IndyKids" publishes articles on the financial crisis, same-sex marriage, health care, war, immigrant and labor rights, and global warming--mixed in with stories on youth activism, recipes, and puzzles. The American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights states that "Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval." If this were heeded, librarians would actively seek out and welcome publications like "IndyKids" that present views that are alternative to the mainstream press.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7
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Language: English
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