The Spread of Book Banning

Explaining the increasing politicization of the book banning debate.

#books-and-literature, #censorship, #internal-storyline-no, #libraries-and-librarians

To Fight Book Banning, Support Librarians

Librarians respond to book bans. Also: The Jan. 6 hearing; a Supreme Court test; anti-abortion states; homelessness in California; acting for change locally.

#abortion, #books-and-literature, #california, #censorship, #cheney-liz, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #gonell-aquilino, #homeless-persons, #house-select-committee-to-investigate-the-january-6th-attack, #libraries-and-librarians, #republican-party, #states-us, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

With Rising Book Bans, Librarians Have Come Under Attack

Caustic fights over which books belong on the shelves have put librarians at the center of a bitter and widening culture war.

#american-library-assn, #books-and-literature, #censorship, #libraries-and-librarians

An Irish National Treasure Gets Set for a Long-Needed Restoration

The majestic Old Library at Trinity College Dublin, where some of Ireland’s most ancient and valuable books are stored, is a popular tourist attraction.

#books-and-literature, #colleges-and-universities, #dublin-ireland, #libraries-and-librarians, #restoration-and-renovation, #trinity-college-dublin-ireland

Heat Waves in New York Highlight Climate Inequality

When heat waves hit, everyone suffers. But the pain will not be shared equally throughout New York City. Here, the neighborhoods where climate inequality will hurt the most.

#black-people, #global-warming, #income-inequality, #libraries-and-librarians, #new-york-public-library, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #race-and-ethnicity

Why Libraries May Never Stop Being People Places

Redesigned buildings with outdoor gathering areas were underway before Covid hit. Now, they look like 20/20 foresight.

#books-and-literature, #brooklyn-nyc, #brooklyn-public-library, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #libraries-and-librarians, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-city, #new-york-public-library, #washington-dc

Searching for the Notorious Celebrity Book Stylist

In the name of personal branding, influencers might be paying someone to make them look like readers. But does a novel deserve more respect than a handbag?

#books-and-literature, #celebrities, #fashion-and-apparel, #hadid-gigi-1995, #jenner-kendall, #libraries-and-librarians, #models-professional, #poetry-and-poets, #social-media, #writing-and-writers

Stolen Darwin Notebooks, Missing for Decades, Are Returned

The two notebooks were anonymously returned to the Cambridge University Library 22 years after they went missing. A note addressed to the librarian read: “Happy Easter.”

#archives-and-records, #cambridge-university, #darwin-charles-robert, #libraries-and-librarians

As Book Banning Efforts Surge, These 10 Received the Most Challenges

Most of the targeted books are about Black and L.G.B.T.Q. people, according to the American Library Association. The country’s polarized politics has fueled the rise.

#american-library-assn, #black-people, #books-and-literature, #censorship, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #libraries-and-librarians, #teenagers-and-adolescence

Thomas F. Staley, Dogged Pursuer of Literary Archives, Dies at 86

As head of the Harry Ransom Center in Texas, he enhanced its holdings by acquiring the papers of a host of literary lions, and of Woodward and Bernstein to boot.

#archives-and-records, #books-and-literature, #colleges-and-universities, #deaths-obituaries, #libraries-and-librarians, #ransom-harry-center-the-university-of-texas-at-austin, #staley-thomas-f, #university-of-texas-at-austin, #writing-and-writers

New York City Libraries End Late Fees, and the Treasures Roll In

The decision in New York City set off a wave of returns, accompanied by bashful notes of apology and gratitude.

#books-and-literature, #brooklyn-nyc, #income-inequality, #libraries-and-librarians, #marx-anthony-w, #new-york-city, #new-york-public-library, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #queens-nyc, #staten-island-nyc

New York City Libraries End Late Fees, and the Treasures Roll In

The decision in New York City set off a wave of returns, accompanied by bashful notes of apology and gratitude.

#books-and-literature, #brooklyn-nyc, #income-inequality, #libraries-and-librarians, #marx-anthony-w, #new-york-city, #new-york-public-library, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #queens-nyc, #staten-island-nyc

Museum of Natural History’s New Science Center Takes Shape

On Monday, the museum unveiled the opening date of its Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation and shared details of what it will contain.

#american-museum-of-natural-history, #appelbaum-ralph-associates, #architecture, #futter-ellen-v, #gang-jeanne, #gilder-richard-center-for-science-education-and-innovation, #libraries-and-librarians, #museums, #science-and-technology

The Parapsychology Foundation Fights for Its Future

The Parapsychology Foundation — a four-generation matrilineal dynasty — fights for its future.

#alternative-and-complementary-medicine, #ghosts, #libraries-and-librarians, #occult-sciences, #parapsychology-foundation, #psychics-and-fortune-tellers, #psychology-and-psychologists, #research

The Challenge of Raising a Kid Who’s Just Like You

It’s hard watching my daughter repeat my mistakes.

#florida, #instagram-inc, #internal-sub-only-nl, #libraries-and-librarians, #parenting

The Fight Over ‘Maus’ Is Part of a Bigger Cultural Battle in Tennessee

State lawmakers, led by the governor, are rethinking what public school students should read and learn.

#books-and-literature, #education-k-12, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #libraries-and-librarians, #maus-book, #mcminn-county-tenn, #nashville-tenn, #politics-and-government, #school-boards, #spiegelman-art

Diverse Artists to Write and Illustrate New Dr. Seuss-Inspired Books

Each of the new books will be inspired by an unpublished sketch by Dr. Seuss, whose whimsical imagery has drawn new scrutiny since his estate pulled six titles from circulation last year.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #cancel-culture, #dr-seuss-enterprises, #geisel-theodor-seuss, #genre-books-childrens, #libraries-and-librarians, #university-of-california-san-diego, #writing-and-writers

The Battle for the Soul of the Library

Librarians should be politically neutral. Too many aren’t.

#american-library-assn, #books-and-literature, #california, #censorship, #critical-race-theory, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #illinois, #liberalism-us-politics, #libraries-and-librarians, #race-and-ethnicity, #states-us, #texas, #united-states

The Rise in Book Bans and Censorship

Readers discuss complaints against “Maus,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Beloved” and other books.

#beloved-book, #bible, #books-and-literature, #censorship, #education-k-12, #libraries-and-librarians, #maus-book, #to-kill-a-mockingbird-book, #united-states-politics-and-government, #writing-and-writers

An 8-Year-Old Wrote a Book and Hid It on a Library Shelf. It’s a Hit.

Dillon Helbig, a second-grader from Idaho, wrote an 81-page book about his “Crismis” adventures. Now other children want to write stories.

#boise-idaho, #books-and-literature, #christmas, #dillon-helbig, #genre-books-graphic-novels-comic-books, #idaho, #libraries-and-librarians, #writing-and-writers

Why Book Ban Efforts Are Spreading Across the U.S.

Challenges to books about sexual and racial identity are nothing new in American schools, but the tactics and politicization are.

#books-and-literature, #censorship, #children-and-childhood, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #law-and-legislation, #libraries-and-librarians, #politics-and-government, #school-boards, #states-us, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #united-states, #writing-and-writers

What the Battle Over Banning Books Is Really About

Books are not inert tools of pedagogy. They are mind-changing, world-changing.

#books-and-literature, #censorship, #children-and-childhood, #close-quarters-book, #education-k-12, #empathy, #heinemann-larry, #libraries-and-librarians, #maus-book, #new-kid-book, #parenting, #race-and-ethnicity, #the-sympathizer-book

What Does ‘a Desk for Working Parents’ Mean?

Baby steps.

#desks, #instagram-inc, #internal-sub-only-nl, #libraries-and-librarians, #michigan, #parenting, #social-media, #twitter, #virginia

A Library the Internet Can’t Get Enough Of

Why does this image keep resurfacing on social media?

#books-and-literature, #collectors-and-collections, #johns-hopkins-university, #libraries-and-librarians, #macksey-richard-1931-2019, #photography, #social-media

A Vatican Library Shortens the Distance Between Its Works and Its Scholars

Rare books in Rome are going online thanks to a German copier, a Long Island scanning firm and a New York software company.

#books-and-literature, #libraries-and-librarians, #pontifical-oriental-institute, #rome-italy

The New York Public Library Opens Its Cabinet of Wonders

A Coco Chanel ballet slipper, Beethoven’s hair, Andy Warhol’s painted ticket. “Treasures,” at the New York Public Library, showcases delights from its collections.

#art, #libraries-and-librarians, #new-york-public-library

A Cabinet of Wonders Opens Wide

A Coco Chanel ballet slipper, Beethoven’s hair, Andy Warhol’s painted ticket. “Treasures,” at the New York Public Library, showcases delights from its collections.

#art, #dickens-charles, #laguardia-fiorello-h, #libraries-and-librarians, #marx-anthony-w, #new-york-public-library

Group Raises $20 Million to Preserve ‘Lost’ Brontë Library

The Honresfield Library, which includes rarely seen manuscripts by the Brontës, Robert Burns, Walter Scott and Jane Austen, will be acquired for the British public.

#auctions, #austen-jane, #blavatnik-leonard, #bodleian-libraries, #books-and-literature, #british-library, #bronte-parsonage-museum, #bronte-emily, #collectors-and-collections, #friends-of-the-national-libraries-nonprofit, #honresfield-library, #libraries-and-librarians, #manuscripts, #museums, #scott-walter-1771-1832, #sothebys

How Many Books Does It Take to Make a Place Feel Like Home?

There’s a reason that some people won’t let go of their physical books — and a new term for it: ‘book-wrapt.’

#books-and-literature, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #libraries-and-librarians, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

‘Dickinson’ on AppleTV+ Is Ending. But the Props Live On in Archives.

The Apple TV+ series “Dickinson” is donating scripts, props and other artifacts — including painstaking replicas of the poet’s manuscripts — to the Emily Dickinson Museum and Harvard University.

#amherst-mass, #apple-tv-plus, #archives-and-records, #books-and-literature, #colleges-and-universities, #dickinson-tv-program, #dickinson-emily, #dickinson-emily-archive, #dickinson-emily-museum-amherst-mass, #harvard-university, #houghton-library, #libraries-and-librarians, #manuscripts, #museums, #poetry-and-poets, #smith-alena, #television

In Texas, Panic Over Critical Race Theory Extends to Bookshelves

A new state law constricts teachers when it comes to race and history. And a politician is questioning why 850 titles are on library shelves. The result: “A lot of our teachers are petrified.”

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #alamo-san-antonio-tex, #black-people, #critical-race-theory, #education-k-12, #history-academic-subject, #libraries-and-librarians, #republican-party, #teachers-and-school-employees, #texas

10 Works of Art That Evaded the Algorithm This Year

Contemplation, not clicks: Our critic looks back on marble sculptures in Rome, songs of “atmospheric anxiety” and the Frick Collection in a new light.

#art, #arts-year-in-review-2021, #barney-matthew, #cezanne-paul, #drive-my-car-movie, #hamaguchi-ryusuke, #libraries-and-librarians, #medvedev-daniil-1996, #museums, #sanders-pharoah, #sculpture, #two-thousand-twenty-one, #weather-station-music-group

How to Create a Black Space in a Gentrifying Neighborhood

Thoughts I had as I watched a white couple browsing books.

#black-people, #bruces-beach-manhattan-beach-calif, #gentrification, #inglewood-calif, #libraries-and-librarians, #los-angeles-calif, #manhattan-beach-calif, #race-and-ethnicity, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

After 110 Years, an Overdue Book Is Returned to a Library in Idaho

It’s unclear who checked out “New Chronicles of Rebecca” by Kate Douglas Wiggin from a library in Boise, or who had it all these decades. But the book remained in immaculate shape.

#boise-idaho, #books-and-literature, #idaho, #libraries-and-librarians, #overdue-books, #wiggin-kate-douglas

Conservatives Are Trying to Ban a Growing List of Books

The right-wing war on school libraries.

#american-library-assn, #books-and-literature, #censorship, #education-k-12, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #libraries-and-librarians, #out-of-darkness-book, #school-boards, #states-us, #youth

Reading Around New York

Even amid the clamor of a city of millions, New Yorkers have always been able to escape into a good book.

#books-and-literature, #chapters, #libraries-and-librarians, #new-york-city, #new-york-public-library, #photography

Obama Breaks Ground on Presidential Center in Chicago After Lengthy Discord

The project has been bogged down by legal challenges and a federal review. Barack Obama’s presidential papers won’t actually be housed there — they’ll be digitized, another point of contention.

#archives-and-records, #black-people, #chicago-ill, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #illinois, #land-use-policies, #libraries-and-librarians, #lightfoot-lori, #obama-foundation, #obama-presidential-center, #obama-barack, #obama-michelle, #pritzker-j-b, #united-states-politics-and-government

He Taught Ancient Texts at Oxford. Now He Is Accused of Stealing Some.

Hobby Lobby, the craft chain that helped build a collection for the Museum of the Bible, has sued a former Oxford lecturer, asserting he sold it stolen artifacts.

#bible, #collectors-and-collections, #colleges-and-universities, #egypt-exploration-society-nonprofit, #frauds-and-swindling, #hobby-lobby-stores-inc, #libraries-and-librarians, #manuscripts, #museum-of-the-bible, #museums, #obbink-dirk-a, #oxford-england, #oxford-university, #oxyrhynchus-papyri, #robberies-and-thefts, #sackler-library, #suits-and-litigation-civil

How to Learn More About the History of Your Home

Tracking down property records and researching other documents can shed light on the life of a house.

#connecticut, #content-type-service, #genealogy, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #libraries-and-librarians, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #stonington-historical-society

Consortium Aims to Save the Honresfield Library

Sotheby’s has agreed to postpone a highly anticipated auction as a consortium tries to raise $21 million to acquire a “lost” private library for the British public.

#archives-and-records, #auctions, #books-and-literature, #bronte-anne, #bronte-emily, #burns-robert-p, #collectors-and-collections, #friends-of-the-national-libraries-nonprofit, #great-britain, #libraries-and-librarians, #manuscripts, #museums, #scott-walter-1771-1832, #sothebys

Look Inside Philip Roth’s Personal Library

The author of “Goodbye, Columbus” and “The Human Stain” left several thousand books, many of them with notes or letters, to the Newark Public Library. The collection will soon open to the public.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #libraries-and-librarians, #newark-nj, #newark-public-library, #roth-philip, #writing-and-writers

What Happens to Philip Roth’s Legacy Now?

His single authorized biography is mired in controversy. Scholars say it shouldn’t be the last word, but they are struggling for access to his vast and in some cases inaccessible private archives.

#archives-and-records, #bailey-blake, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #libraries-and-librarians, #library-of-congress, #manuscripts, #nadel-ira-b, #newark-public-library, #norton-w-wco, #philip-roth-the-biography-book, #princeton-university, #research, #roth-philip, #sexual-harassment, #skyhorse-publishing, #wills-and-estates, #writing-and-writers

Oh, Dewey, Where Would You Put Me?

A librarian who identifies as queer wrestles with our tendency to classify both books and people.

#dating-and-relationships, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #libraries-and-librarians, #love-emotion

A Lost Brontë Library Surfaces

A trove of manuscripts acquired from the Brontë family in the 19th century, all but unseen for the past century, will be auctioned at Sotheby’s.

#anne-bronte, #auctions, #books-and-literature, #bronte-parsonage-museum, #bronte-charlotte, #bronte-emily, #gabriel-heaton, #harman-claire, #libraries-and-librarians, #sothebys

Kathie Coblentz, 73, Dies; Not Your Ordinary Librarian

A Yankees fan, marathon runner, cinephile, editor, and, yes, a cataloger, she was the New York Public Library’s third-longest serving employee.

#books-and-literature, #coblentz-kathie, #deaths-obituaries, #libraries-and-librarians, #new-york-public-library

Vartan Gregorian, Savior of the New York Public Library, Dies at 87

A scholar, a university leader and a believer in libraries, he almost single-handedly rescued a grand but broken one in a time of municipal austerity.

#colleges-and-universities, #deaths-obituaries, #libraries-and-librarians, #new-york-public-library, #vartan-gregorian

Judy McGinn, Librarian With a Love for Home, Dies at 78

She was hyper-vigilant about keeping safe during the pandemic, but she caught Covid-19 after her first vaccine.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #libraries-and-librarians, #mcginn-judy-1942-2021, #ohio

A Lifetime of Reading Taught Min Jin Lee How to Write About Her Immigrant World

As a child, the novelist found consolation in books that embraced American rugged individualism and the Korean quest for knowledge. Those same books showed her how to honor the stories of the people she grew up with.

#asian-americans, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #elmhurst-queens-ny, #immigration-and-emigration, #korean-americans, #libraries-and-librarians, #maspeth-queens-ny, #reading-and-writing-skills-education

The Courtroom Sketch: A Piece of History, and Art

The Library of Congress recently added more than 200 sketches of the Rodney King police brutality trial to its collection. “We are drawing history in the making,” one sketch artist said.

#art, #chaney-mary-1927-2004, #church-marilyn, #collectors-and-collections, #courtroom-sketch-artists, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #king-rodney-glen, #legal-profession, #libraries-and-librarians, #library-of-congress

Alvin Sykes, 64, Self-Taught Legal Defender of Civil Rights, Dies

After dropping out of high school, he studied law at the public library, then used his knowledge to reopen cold cases, including Emmett Till’s murder.

#black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #deaths-obituaries, #kansas, #kansas-city-mo, #law-and-legislation, #libraries-and-librarians, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sykes-alvin-1956-2021, #till-emmett-louis