Arts Agencies & Library Services Face Defunding (Again)

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) are facing defunding under the Trump administration’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2019. The proposal will also eliminate a substantial amount dedicated to America’s libraries through the Library Services and Technology Act. (more…)

Private Sector Forms Group to Advocate for Public Libraries in the Face of Budget Cuts

Fair Oaks Library entrance, Photo by Vincent Fazzi, June 2017.

A group of publishers and trade associations formed the Corporate Committee for Library Investment (CCLI) to advocate for library funding and support in the face of proposed cuts or elimination of funding for public libraries. Do your part—check out the American Library Association’s awareness campaign now. (more…)

Top 10 Most Challenged Books in 2016 Cover Wide Range of Genres

As Americans, the First Amendment guarantees our freedom to read, and yet to this day, some books are banned. The American Library Association’s (ALA) top ten most challenged books in 2016 covered a wide range of genres: fiction, memoir, picture books, and graphic novels. (more…)

Holy Bible Lands on Top 10 Most Challenged Books

Folsom Library-Reading Room-CindyFazziPicBelieve it or not, the Holy Bible was among the 10 most challenged books in 2015. The list, prepared annually by the American Library Association (ALA), also includes best-selling young adult and romance novels. (more…)

Top 10 Most Challenged Books Reflect Racially Diverse Authors and Content

Book Shelf-3Eighty percent of the 10 most challenged books in 2014 reflect works by authors of color and culturally diverse content, according to the American Library Association (ALA). (more…)

Top 10 Most Challenged Books: Best-Sellers Are Also the Most Offensive

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The “Most Challenged Books” list includes a number of best-sellers.

Some of today’s biggest best-sellers are also the most offensive, according to this year’s list of “Top 10 Most Challenged Books” from the American Library Association (ALA). (more…)