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Friday, September 17, 2010

Books and policies continue to be challenged in Canadian libraries

"The Canadian Library Association's Advisory Committee on Intellectual Freedom has released the results of its annual survey of challenges to library resources and policies in Canada for 2009. The most challenged author reported in the annual survey of Canadian libraries in 2009 was Charlaine Harris for her series of ten adult novels entitled The Southern Vampire Mysteries. The entire series was reported on four separate occasions within the same library system. Two other series were each challenged once,Negima! Magister Negi Magi, by Ken Akamatsu, a manga series of 29 titles known in Japan as Magical Teacher Negima!,and Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar, a young adult novel series of 15 titles that became the 2007 inspiration for the 'Gossip Girl' teen drama television series. Only three individual titles were reported twice on the 2009 survey, a teen comedy film 'Fired Up!' directed by Will Gluck, a children's picture book Mummy Laid an Egg! by Babette Cole, and NOW Magazine. The children's picture book And Tango Makes Three was again challenged in 2009, making it the only title to appear on the survey every year since it began in 2006. Altogether, 139 challenges were reported in the 2009 survey conducted annually by the CLA Advisory Committee on Intellectual Freedom. Of these, 137 were to library resources and two were to library policies"

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