Sorry guys, no Nano stuff today, because something else has taken precedence. My siblings' old school district has pulled a book from the shelves of the library and classrooms of Blue Springs schools. You can read about it and see the interview with the parents requesting the ban here. The novel in question is Hold Still by Nina LaCour, a YA book about a teen struggling with her friend's suicide.
The parents and their pastor are now asking for more books to be pulled from the shelves after reviewing the library's inventory! Guys, this is not acceptable. Their argument is that they are "for free speech until it impedes on their rights as a parent." Obviously, this is not the case as now they are impeding the rights of every other parent and student in the school district. Asking to remove the books is not the answer. Becoming active with your child's reading choices, reading them yourself, and engaging them in dialogue about the subject matter is a much healthier decision. You must accept that if you send your children to public school, and as I can attest - private school, you are exposing them to curse words, sexually explicit language, and a host of other adult issues. I have attended public school and private school, and I have taught in public school. Trust me on this one. Books help kids work through their changing worlds! Parents can help too. Censorship doesn't result in keeping books from kids, it results in poor communication between kids and their parents and teachers.
So what can you do to help? You can write an email and send it to me, and I will personally deliver copies to the school district AND send them to district librarians. Talk about Hold Still. Talk about any book that's encountered censorship that inspires you. Talk about why kids and parents have a right to a well-stocked library and why they have a right to read.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and please include in the subject "Write to Read" and share this on FB and twitter.