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Continued need to advocate

6 June 2011

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:

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.

  1. 6 June 2011 11:32 am

    I’m very happy to see Canadian librarians speaking out about this; thank you!

    I’m a Canadian author (I live in Toronto), and my book, Scars, was one of the book that was slammed in the WSJ article. I wrote a post in response here:

    take care,


  2. Jen Waters permalink
    7 June 2011 12:37 am

    This is a good article too:


  3. 7 June 2011 5:01 pm

    I recently posted about the article here:

    I also read an excellent post about it giving reasons why teens should be reading dark subject matter here:



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