Library

Free Expression and LGBT Rights Groups Oppose LGBTQ Display Ban in Southern Utah

By |2019-05-01T11:40:45-04:00August 16th, 2018|Press Releases|

NCAC is calling on public libraries of Washington County, Utah to reconsider a ban on LGBTQ displays. Joined by the National Council of Teachers of English and Lambda Legal, the letter warns that the ban poses a serious threat to equal rights and freedom of expression and sets a dangerous precedent by perpetuating a culture of prejudice and intolerance. “A [...]

Censored Art: Profanity and Police Brutality

By |2016-01-15T11:33:14-04:00February 6th, 2015|Blog|

The Charlie Hebdo massacres prompted worldwide calls to embrace and celebrate artistic freedom. But actions speak louder than words. As demonstrations in support of free speech were held in Paris and we all reconfirmed our commitment to an open exchange of ideas, two cultural spaces in the United States-– one a library, the other a university-– censored artwork.

Video: “Fifty Shades of Grey” Fans Speak Out Against Library Ban

By |2019-03-07T23:31:52-04:00May 11th, 2012|Blog|

We spoke to fans of Fifty Shades of Grey about libraries that have banned their beloved trilogy, and erotica in general. This video was shot at an appearance by Grey author E.L. James at the Union Square Barnes & Noble in NYC. What do you think about libraries that have chosen to exclude all erotica, even while they carry works [...]

Kudos to a Courageous Kentucky Librarian

By |2016-01-14T15:35:26-04:00November 17th, 2009|Blog|

Two library employees were fired at the Jessamine County Public Library for violating library policy.  Deciding that the graphic novel The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume IV: The Black Dossier was inappropriate for young patrons, they conspired to keeping the book on permanent “checked-out” status and removed a “hold” one young patron placed on the book so that she would [...]

Parents ready to try banning books again in West Bend, WI; this time with a new library board

By |2019-03-15T15:21:04-04:00July 22nd, 2009|Blog|

The fight continues in Wisconsin where parents are calling to ban (and possibly burn) books from a public library. This time they face a library board friendlier to their cause, now that the four pro-First Amendment members weren’t reinstated. CNN reports that parents who object to a list of 82 books in the young adult section, including The Perks of [...]

NCAC Joins Book Groups in Protesting Restrictions on Books in Topeka Library

By |2019-03-20T13:30:07-04:00March 5th, 2009|Blog|

We’ve been covering challenges to several books about sex in the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.  In February, the library board voted to restrict The Joy of Sex, The Joy of Gay Sex, The Lesbian Kama Sutra, and Sex for Busy People, removing them from general circulation in the health section of the library. Svetlana wrote then, While restricting [...]

The Joy of CENSORED

By |2019-03-13T15:17:26-04:00January 29th, 2009|Blog|

A woman in Topeka, Kansas, has requested that the library board restrict other adults' access to four books in the adult section of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.  The sexual content in The Joy of Sex, Sex for Busy People, The Lesbian Kama Sutra, and The Joy of Gay Sex is fully protected under the First Amendment. The [...]