Banning Books

 

Librarians are seeking not to indoctrinate communities, but to have more representative collections.

John Szabo City librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library

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Whom do we trust to tell us what to read and, perhaps more importantly, should we trust anyone to tell us what not to read? And why? We put our trust in people and organizations for so many facets of our lives and our children’s education, but the perennial issuance of banned-book lists elicits confusion, questions, and controversy. The chief executive of the nation’s largest public library system, and the former longtime national ACLU President discuss the issue.

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