Posts Tagged ‘Alabama’

Book Challenge in Auburn, Alabama

Monday, January 28th, 2013








The book “Hunted: A House of Night Novel” by P.C. and Kristen Cast was recently challenged at the Auburn High School Library in Alabama. A student’s mother skimmed through the book and found the language to be distasteful and inappropriate for her daughter.

Kudos to the librarian for following the correct procedure for challenged books!

Read about the full story here.


“Fifty Shades of Grey” controversy rages on

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Bay County Considers Book Ban
(WJHG | Chad Mira | May 30, 2012)

Harford County libraries won’t stock ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and sequels
(Baltimore Sun | Mary Carole McCauley | May 30, 2012)

Original postings on NDLA IF Blog:
April 13, 2012May 4, 2012

Library card requires proof of citizenship at North Shelby

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Veronica Kennedy | October 24, 2011

The mission statement of the North Shelby Library indicates it serves anyone who lives and/or works in its service area, but with the passage of the state’s new immigration law, that statement may need some tweaking.

Since Sept. 1, anyone wishing to get a library card from that repository must show proof that they are legally present in the county.

However, that is not what the mission statement on the library website states.

“The mission of the North Shelby Library is to serve all citizens in the North Shelby Library District by offering library services, resources, and facilities to fulfill their educational, information, cultural and recreational needs and/or interests,” the statement reads.

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Related articles:
ALA Bill of Rights
ALA Resolution in Support of Immigrants’ Rights to Free Public Library Access

Alabama Inmate Sues to Read Southern History Book

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Campbell Robertson | September 26, 2011

The past is never dead, though at the Kilby Correctional Facility outside of Montgomery, Ala., it seems it is not particularly welcome.

Last Friday, Mark Melvin, who is serving a life sentence at Kilby, filed suit in federal court against the prison’s officials and the state commissioner of corrections, claiming they have unjustly kept a book out of his hands.

The book, which was sent to him by his lawyer, is a work of history. More specifically, it is a Pulitzer Prize-winning work of Southern history, an investigation of the systematically heinous treatment of black prisoners in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Mr. Melvin, 33, alleges in his suit that prison officials deemed it “a security threat.”

The dispute began a year ago. Mr. Melvin was entering his 18th year in the state’s custody, having been charged at 14 with helping his older brother commit two murders. He was well-behaved enough to be granted parole in 2008, but after committing what his lawyer called “a technical violation” at a transition house, he was sent back.

So he has been reading novels and biographies, studies of World War II and Irish history, his lawyer, Bryan Stevenson, said. After his return to prison, Mr. Melvin was assigned by the warden to work in the prison’s law library.

Last September, Mr. Stevenson sent Mr. Melvin a couple of books, including “Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II,” by Douglas A. Blackmon, the senior national correspondent at The Wall Street Journal. It won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction in 2009.

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