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~The allocation and disbursement of grants to individuals and groups primarily for the purpose of aiding them in litigation;
~Direct participation in litigation dealing with freedom of speech and of the press.
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I was going to go through the top ten books that were most challenged in 2009. Let's see if we agree or disagree with these challenges. I am going to look at the reasons they were challenged book by book. On the ALA website they gave some information about challenged books between the years of 2001 to 2008...
Over the past eight years, American libraries were faced with 3,736 challenges.
~1,225 challenges due to “sexually explicit” material;
~1,008 challenges due to “offensive language”;
~720 challenges due to material deemed “unsuited to age group”;
~458 challenges due to “violence”
~269 challenges due to “homosexuality”; and
~Further, 103 materials were challenged because they were “anti-family,” and an additional 233 were challenged because of their “religious viewpoints.”
1,176 of these challenges (approximately 31%) were in classrooms; 37% were in school libraries; 24% (or 909) took place in public libraries. There were less than 75 challenges to college classes; and only 36 to academic libraries. There are isolated cases of challenges to materials made available in or by prisons, special libraries, community groups, and student groups. The majority of challenges were initiated by parents (almost exactly 51%), while patrons and administrators followed behind (10% and 8% respectively).