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Course To Teach Librarians How To Resist Graphic Novel Bans
It's not just the graphic novel Gender Queer that is under assault in public libraries, schools libraries, or even bookstores, plenty of books and graphic novels are being targeted by groups, for having LGBTQ and racial content, often with an eye to try and engender suspicion, hate and outrage in order to get elected Well,[...]
Texas Asks if V For Vendetta & Y The Last Man are in School Libraries
"We have pulled 10-12 educators from our curriculum and instruction department, as well as our district director of libraries, to work full time on compiling the requested information," spokeswoman Megan Overman for the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD in the Fort Worth area told the Houston Chronicle "As of (Friday), we estimate more than 250 hours of[...]
More Feminist and LGBTQ Graphic Novels Banned From School Libraries
The Goddard school district of Kansas has reversed a decision that previously saw them remove more than two dozen books from circulation in the district's school libraries, including a number of graphic novels Julie Cannizzo, assistant superintendent for academic affairs in Goddard, sent an email to principals and librarians last week with the list of 29[...]
Texas Asks if V For Vendetta & Y The Last Man are in School Libraries
Texas State Representative Matt Krause has submitted a list of 828 books to Lily Laux, deputy commissioner of school programs at the Texas Education Agency, as well as other school district superintendents, asking whether any copies exist in school libraries or classrooms across Texas, how many copies of each exist and how much money has[...]
Pennsylvania Has Banned I Am Rosa Parks Comic, And Much More, For A Year
Here's a way to do that, thanks to two amazing women in York, who will fight back by putting them in their little free libraries Buy I AM ROSA PARKS & all the amazing books on the lists or to Haybrook Little Free Library, 131 Haybrook Drive, York, PA 17406, USA. The children's[...]
Marvel Brings 600 Graphic Novels to Schools and Libraries Through Rakuten OverDrive
Marvel has joined the digital book and graphic novel lending service serving libraries and public schools Marvel has added 600 graphic novels and comic book collections to the service, including popular properties like Avengers, X-Men, Spider-Man, and Black Panther, available now. Said OverDrive EVP of Publisher Services Erica Lazzaro: Our library partners have long requested the addition[...]
New Jersey Schools Change Policy That Kept Alison Bechdel's Fun Home in Libraries
A couple of months ago, after challenges on a local school level in New Jersey, Alison Bechdel's graphic novel Fun Home was returned to school libraries from which it had been removed.  The graphic novel tells the utobiographical story of Bechdel growing up in the funeral home her family ran, while coming to terms with[...]
Fun Home and Assassination Class Removed From High School Libraries
Indeed the rules state explicitly that this sort of thing can't happen unless the Board of Education so decides. Fun Home, a graphic memoir about Bechdel growing up in her family's funeral business, as well as coming out as a lesbian, has won many awards but is one of the most challenged books in American public[...]
DC Comics to Library Patrons: "Read a Book"
DC Comics has announced a new initiative for the American Library Association's Midwinter Conference with what might at first seem like an odd choice of taglines, telling people at a very book-centric gathering to "read a book." However, DC's "Be a Hero, Read a Book" campaign is actually meant to promote DC's graphic novels in[...]
Creators Discuss The Importance Of Libraries In Promoting Literacy
The series focuses specifically on libraries and educators, and presents new innovative ways to include comics and graphic novels in the educational process. On Thursday morning at the Creators, Libraries, and Literacy panel, librarians and educators got to meet Raina Telgemeier, Matt Holm, Molly Ostertag, Zander Cannon and Mike Lawrence and discuss the impact that libraries[...]
Titan, Lion Forge, And Fantagraphics Join Hoopla Digital Comics For Libraries
But this is a press release, after all, so we can forgive a little hyperbole, especially for a platform offering free comics – our favorite kind. To seal the deal, as is custom, executives from all parties participated in the sacred ritual of exchanging complimentary statements about each other in press releases. "Titan Comics is delighted to[...]
LGBT Books And Graphic Novels Targeted By Censorship
The ALA's 2016 list of the Top Ten most challenged books in American Libraries and school has revealed that a vast majority of those challenged and banned are books containing LGBTQ characters or themes, particularly the transgender aspect of the community There are also a significant number of graphic novels, both original and collected editions,[...]
EigoMANGA Make Titles Available To Public Libraries Digitally
eigoMANGA is teaming with hoopla digital to make eigoMANGA's comic titles available to public libraries through hoopla digital's platform. hoopla digital is a service that partners with public libraries across North America to provide online and mobile access to thousands of Movies, TV Shows, Music, eBooks, Audiobooks and Comics Library goers can borrow, instantly stream and download content with[...]
Persepolis Was The Second Most Challenged Book In US Libraries Last Year
Additional reasons: "date rape and masturbation" 9) "A Stolen Life," Jaycee Dugard Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group 10) "Drama," by Raina Telgemeier Reasons: sexually explicit ALA's 2015 State of America's Libraries Report can be read here. The graphic novel Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi tells her own story, living in Iran amongst the Westernised middle class, after the Shah[...]
Library-Based Comic Conventions
Jon Johnson writes for Bleeding Cool: In a large catalogue of panels, announcements and media craziness, only one at the 2014 New York Comic Con stood out as one of high interest to me:  the Reading with Pictures organized Library-Based Comic Conventions panel hosted by Dan Mishkin, Jerzy Drozd and Josh Elder. At a show with a[...]
Alan Moore's Open Letter To Northampton Council Makes The Front Page
Alan Moore is a keen supporter of public libraries and for a number of years has made public appearances to support them, in the face of government cutbacks We've covered a few of those efforts. Earlier this year, the Northampton Herald & Post reported on Alan Moore working with the library and children who had been[...]
Stuck In The Middle Returns To Maine School Libraries
The Sun Journal of Lewiston, Maine, reports that last night the ten strong board of the Regional School Unit votes that Stuck in the Middle: 17 Comics from an Unpleasant Age by Ariel Schrag should remain in middle school libraries in Dixfield, Mexico and Buckfield, although parental permission will be needed for the book to be[...]