We do not state these propositions in the comfortable belief that what people read is unimportant. We believe rather that what people read is deeply important; that ideas can be dangerous; but that the suppression of ideas is fatal to a democratic society. Freedom itself is a dangerous way of life, but it is ours.
Freedom To Read Statement

ALA's Banned Books Week
— provides information, publicity materials for purchase, and lists of the most frequently challenged books in America. Banned Books Week is in September.

ALA's Censorship in the Schools
— advice about how to cope with book challenges in the school setting.

ALA's Freedom to Read Foundation
— defends "the public's right of access to information and materials stores in the nation's libraries." The FTRF will assist librarians and teachers in securing legal counsel if needed to defeat a book challenge.

Free Expression Clearinghouse
— news stories on current controversies.

— advice, support, and a place for young people to comment on book censorship.

National Coalition Against Censorship
— assists teachers and librarians when dealing with a book challenge.

NCTE's Anti-Censorship Page
— offers advice about dealing with censorship in teaching YA and children's literature. Also offers a CD-ROM for purchase with rationales for teaching over 170 challenged books.

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