Continued need to advocate
Librarians are champions for intellectual freedom. The area where many libraries receive the most challenges is the YA collection, so this is an important topic for librarians who work with teens. Recently there was an article in the Wall Street Journal speaking out against darkness in YA.
Book bloggers and authors began a campaign in response to this article with the Twitter hashtag #YAsaves. The idea is to spread the word about why serious subject matter in teen books is a positive thing. I added my voice to the discussion, and I encourage YA librarians across Canada to advocate for YA books and for teen rights to read about anything.
Here are some responses:
- There’s Dark Things In Them There Books
- Book Community Gets Behind #YA Saves
- How To Save A Life
- Better to Light a Candle Than Curse in the Darkness
- Making The Darkness Visible
- Stuck between rage and compassion
- YA Saves
- Giving Voice to the Voiceless
- In Case of Emergency, Break Glass, Grab Book
- There are whole Lives in thse Bookshelves
Linda Holmes at NPR: “seeing teenagers as we wish they were: the debate over YA fiction“
If you have posted about this or if you know of a great post please comment with a link. I have mostly been finding writers and bloggers but would love more librarian links.