I will be discussing children's book censorship on the Peoria PBS roundtable discussion show, "At Issue." The show will air tonight (Thurs, Jan 10) at 8:30 pm on WTVP-HD, on Friday at 8:30 pm on WTVP-World and Sunday at 4:30 pm on WTVP-HD. Click here for a link to the show information.
Moderator H Wayne Wilson asked me to participate in the discussion about issues concerning censorship and banning of children's and young adult books. Since I talk about this often in class, I was glad to contribute. While book censorship may be somewhat on the decline, choosing which books to teach in a class is a difficult challenge for all teachers. So in my classes I focus on helping education majors understand how and why they choose books and to be able to defend them as appropriate for the classroom. Two librarians discussed issues of censorship by their patrons. They noted that censorship is not too prevalent in the Peoria region. However, challenges to books by parents continues throughout the country, including Illinois.
Thanks to H for inviting me. He was a very thoughtful leader, just like Charlie Rose. The other panelists -- Genna Buhr of the Fondulac District Library and Robert Koscielski who is the Associate Director of the Peoria Public Library -- were also engaging and had good perspectives on the topic as well.