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- "True Stories of Censorship Battles in America's Libraries," by Valerie Nye and Kathy Barco, American Library Association Editions (16 January 2012), p.116.
- "Living On Our Heads: Righting an Upside-Down Culture," by Rod Parsley, Charisma House (August 3, 2010), p.208.
- "Intellectual Freedom Manual, Eighth Edition," Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association, 2010, p.383. [ALA's online version naming SafeLibraries]
Prominent groups include Family Friendly Libraries (www.fflibraries.org), Safe Libraries (www.safelibraries.org), and Parents against Bad Books in Schools (PABBIS; www.pabbis.org).
- "Cases Studies in Library and Information Science Ethics," by Elizabeth A. Buchanan and Kathrine Andrews Henderson, McFarland, 2009, p.98.
- "Library Board Strategic Guide: Going to the Next Level," by Ellen G. Miller and Patricia H. Fisher, Scarecrow Press, Inc., 26 March 2007 (appearing as Plan2succeed.org).
- "Tell Me What Democracy Looks Like: OIF Walks the Walk," by Barbara Jones, Director of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom, Wisconsin Library Association, 1 November 2011: "and then we receive attacks from Dan Kleinman still...."
- "Tell Me What Democracy Looks Like: Keeping Those Convictions," by Barbara Deters, Former Member of West Bend Community Memorial Library Board, Wisconsin Library Association, 1 November 2011: "She had a lot of help from outside West Bend. .... Dan Kleinman was a close advisor to her...."
- "Making Public Libraries Safer; Victims Describe Their Experiences," by Dan Kleinman, SafeLibraries, 9 September 2011:
- "Public Library Law Allows Porn Exclusion and Allows Governments to Ensure Same; Media Interview Talking Points," by Dan Kleinman, SafeLibraries, 5 August 2011:
- "Porn and Sex Abuse In Our Public Libraries: Public Library Porn Harms Children, Patrons, Librarians, and Porn Industry Actors," by Dan Kleinman, SafeLibraries, 24 July 2011.
- "Recording of Roxbury Township Committee Meeting," by Dan Kleinman, Roxbury, NJ, 28 June 2011.
- "Looking For Alaska is NOT Porn," by SampritB, YouTube, 6 February 2011.
- "Booklist Webcast - Defending the Right to Read: Celebrating Banned Books Week Featuring Special Guest Judy Blume", by ALA Publishing, American Library Association, 28 September 2010, wherein SafeLibraries and Dan Kleinman are named at about 55:50 to 56:15, by speaker Kristin Pekoll, Young-Adult Librarian, West Bend Memorial Library, West Bend, WI. Slide featuring SafeLibraries is shown below:
|ALA Booklist Training Webinar Features SafeLibraries|
- "Video from Annual Conference: IF Issues Briefing," by Angela Maycock, OIF Blog, 13 August 2010, speech by Dee Venuto names SafeLibraries as changing the library profession at about times 1:04:54 to 1:05:26.
- "West Bend Community Memorial Library (Handout)," by Michael Tyree, Kristen Pekoll, Barbara Deters, Mary Reilly-Kliss, Maria Hanrahan, ALA 2009 Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, 13 July 2009.
- "Censorship Panel (Speech)," by Michael Tyree, Kristen Pekoll, Barbara Deters, Mary Reilly-Kliss, Maria Hanrahan, ALA 2009 Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, 13 July 2009.
- "ALA Chills Free Exercise of Democracy by Publicly Attacking Mom and Pop Groups Who Dare to Oppose ALA Influence That Endangers Children" provides a transcript of a speech given by the ALA's Acting Director of the OIF, Deborah Caldwell-Stone, on 2 June 2009 in a public meeting in West Bend, WI.
- "Untitled (New Hampshire Curriculum Law)," by Gerri Willis, The Willis Report; Fox Business, 5 January 2012. Guest Brooke Goldstein mentioned how SafeLibraries.org exposes the ALA's efforts to push inappropriate material in schools.
- "Porn in Public Libraries," by Walter Kane, Kane In Your Corner, News 12 New Jersey, 5-6 November 2011. Note: I am requesting permission to republish the broadcast as it shows an example of major library leaders intentionally misleading the public about Internet filters on public library computers then blaming whistleblowers for why they need not explain themselves.
- "Morris Co. Man Wants to Make Library Computers Safe for Kids," by Matt Murphy, News 12 New Jersey, 6 August 2011.
I write about this here: "Turning the Tide on Library Porn; Predicted Excuses for Not Filtering All Library Computers," by Dan Kleinman, SafeLibraries, 7 August 2011.
- "R-Rated Libraries; BOOKS; The U.S. Library Establishment is Ideologically Committed to Providing Inappropriate Material to Children, But Citizens Are Not Powerless to Stop It," by Janie B. Cheaney, WORLD Magazine, 6 April 2013:
At this point, concerned parents are likely to throw up their hands in dismay. What can they do?
Dan Kleinman [of SafeLibraries.org] says, “Get informed, get ready for long-term attacks, rely on legal precedent, get organized in educating people, then make a stand.”
- "Guess Who's Running the School Library; the Left-Wing Progressive American Library Association is Actively Building a Wall Between Children and Parents," by Sharon Ambrose, The Blaze Magazine, Vol.2 No.2, March 2012, pp.10-13, quote at p.13:
Library watchdog Dan Kleinman specializes in investigating the ALA; his website SafeLibraries.org provides parents with ways to help protect their children. Kleinman offers encouragement for those challenging objectionable library books:
"Loud voices will instantly label anyone challenging such material as a 'censor.' Do not let that discourage you, do not be overwhelmed, which is the intended goal of such comments. Instead, know you have a right to seek redress from the school, know the U.S. Supreme Court approved schools removing pervasively vulgar material and books have been successfully removed under this case."
Kleinman is referring to the 1982 Supreme Court decision in Board of Ed. v. Pico ....
|The Blaze magazine, cover, March 2012|
- "Book Banners Finding Power in Numbers; Efforts to Ban Books in Schools have Shifted Subjects and Tactics, with the Efforts of Single Parents Now Being Replaced by Organizations," by Lewis Beale, Miller-McCune, 10 February 2011.
- "Libraries, Children and Value Voters; ALA Says Children and Playboy Magazine Perfect Together," by Dan Kleinman, New Jersey Family Magazine, 2007. See also "ALA Says Children and Playboy Magazine Perfect Together," by Dan Kleinman, Illinois Family Institute, 24 January 2007.
- "Check Us Out," by The Playboy Forum, Playboy Magazine, Nov 2005.
- "Banned Books Week: September 30 - October 7; Groups That Advocate Censorship," by LibGuides at Regina Library, Rivier University, [circa October] 2012, which is in Nashua, NH, and appeared weeks after I published this: "Nashua Public Library Targets Children with R-Rated Films."
- "Intellectual Freedom and the Politics of Reading: Libraries as Sites of Conservative Activism, 1900-2010," by Loretta Mary Gaffney, PhD Dissertation, 214pp, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, [circa May] 2012.
- "SafeLibraries," Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science, circa 2012.
- "Internet Use Policies and the Public Library: The Beat Goes On," by Paul Everett Nelson, Retiring Guy's Digest, 9 March 2012.
- "Helping Children Responsibly Watch TV and Other Media," by Leonard A. Jason, PhD, DePaul University, circa 2011.
- "Libraries & Censorship," by Laura Third, Langara Library & Information Technology Program (Vancouver, BC), 1 December 2011.
- "Book Challenge; Information Regarding the Book Banning at RVRHS," by Dee Venuto, Rancocas Valley Regional High School, 1 November 2011.
- "Talk:Censorship; From Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia," by Adam Meyers, New York University, circa 2011.
- "Biblioteken och Censuren: Om Försök att Censurera HBT-Litteratur på Amerikanska Folkbibliotek," Johanna Svensson, Kandidatuppsats, Högskolan i Borås/Institutionen Biblioteks- och Informationsvetenskap (BHS), 2011-08-25.
"Libraries and the Censorship: About Attempts to Censor GLBT-Literature in American Libraries," by Johanna Svensson, Bachelor Thesis, University of Borås/Swedish School of Library and Information Science (SSLIS), 25 August 2011.
- "UNIV 197 Banned Books; For Tiffany Hebb's Fall 2008 First Year Seminar on Banned & Challenged Books; Websites," by Kathryn Courtland Millis, DePauw University Libraries, last update 9 August 2011.
- "[CALIBK12] Opposing Views to ALA Position of Intellectual Freedom in School Libraries?," by Karen Nadalin, San Jose State University, 25 March 2011:
For any who are interested, here's what I've found. The Teachclean.com site I was unaware of, but the Safelibraries.org site was the one I was looking to find. It presents such a strong anti-ALA stance that I feel we should all know about it to form an articulate response to why we do or do not support ALA and why we do or do not support Safe Libraries. It's more complex than it seems. Nobody would argue against keeping kids safe from porn or molestation. However, is the ALA really responsible for such crimes? To hear Safe Libraries tell it, it is. (Head shake) As librarians and school employees, I believe we need to know about these organizations for better or for worse.
- SafeLibraries is in the #1 Ph.D. Library and Info Science school in the USA (let alone being featured in numerous other library schools). At the UNC School of Information and Library Science, Univ of NC at Chapel Hill, Ph.D. program, ranked #1 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, INLS843 Seminar in Public Libraries; 02 April 2007 - Collecting Controversial Materials references and links to a page on SafeLibraries.org, specifically, http://www.safelibraries.org/banthebunnies.htm. [Backup link.]
- "LIBS 6010 Foundations of Library and Information Studies," by Dr. John B. Harer, East Carolina University, Fall 2010 (appearing as Plan2Succeed).
- "Pro-Censorship Groups; Wiki for LIS 60001 Access to Information," by Dr. Daniel Roland, School of Library & Information Science, Kent State University, circa 2010, citations omitted:
Other similar websites are Plan2Succeed.org and SafeLibraries.org, which assert that the American Library Association is exposing America's children to harmful library materials and pornography. These websites seek to inform parents of the dangers of allowing their children unsupervised access to library materials and to fight for the removal of all questionable materials from availability to any library patron.
- "Course Outline for IRLS 588, Section 793: GroupInformation Rights; Semester: Spring 2009," by Kay Mathiesen, School of Information Resources & Library Science, The University of Arizona, 9 March 2009.
- "To Filter or Not to Filter? Internet Filtering in Public Libraries," by Alex Hershey, Kelly Jensen and Janice Kowemy, The University of Texas at Austin School of Information, 8 October 2007.
- "Book Banning Efforts Bring on Title Fights," by Sue Fraser, Temple University, 1 October 2007.
- "Censorship," by Loriene Roy, 2007-2008 President of the American Library Association (ALA), INF 388K.1 Public Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin School of Information, Fall 2007.
- "CSC 379:Week 5," by Edward F. Gehringer, CSC 379: Ethics in Computing, North Carolina State University, 1 August 2007.
- "American Creed: En Biblioteksrelaterad Diskurs om Intellektuell Frihet i USA," Mary Ryman, Magisteruppsats, Uppsala Universitet, Biblioteks- och Informationsvetenskap, Vt. 2007.
"American Creed: A Library-Related Discourse on Intellectual Freedom in the U.S.," by Mary Ryman, Master Thesis, Uppsala University, Library and Information Science, Spring 2007.
- "American Public Library Topics; An Annotated Bibliography; Collection Development and Controversial Materials in Public Libraries; Nonstandard and Controversial Materials," by Alison Shields and Members of the Spring 2007 Public Libraries Seminar, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 10 May 2007, p.54:
[SafeLibraries.org] is an excellent resource for the purpose of gauging the feelings, responses, reasoning, and arguments of those (especially parents) who are sensitive to and often angered by libraries' collection choices and policies.
- "Book Censorship; References," by Whitney Masterson, University of Houston; College of Education, 2007.
- "Book Censorship; Who Censors Books," by Whitney Masterson, University of Houston; College of Education, 2007.
- "SafeLibraries.Org," by Michael Connaughton Vocino, Department of Political Science, University of Rhode Island, 4 January 2006.
- "Library Internet Filters May Be Tightened, Attorney Says; Advocate Blogs About Ethics Complaint He Says He Sent Because the Montville Library Board's Attorney is Giving 'False Legal Advice' on Restricting Pornography," by Jake Remaly, Montville Patch, 16 May 2013.
- "Watchdog: Attorney Protects Porn at Morris Libraries By Giving Bad Advice," by Louis C. Hochman, The Star-Ledger, 14 May 2013.
- "PTC, Morality in Media Press Congress Over FCC Indecency Rules," by Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2013. Note, my appearance on the page is only as one of the "75." Basically, full frontal nudity is coming to a library near you.
- "Activist Tells Library to Stick to Ban on Violent Video Games," by Dan Kleinman of SafeLibraries, PatersonPress.com, 8 February 2013.
- "Free Porn: SFPL Tries to Shield Patrons' Screens from Public Eyes," by Albert Samaha, SF Weekly, 8 August 2012:
The accessibility of Internet porn in libraries has been a contentious issue for years. Dan Kleinman, a watchdog with SafeLibraries, thinks the screens are a cop-out that defend the act of watching porn in public. Every library, he says, should have Internet filters to block out the filth.
To the ACLU, this fight isn't about porn. The problem is filters. Mankind can pack 1,000 songs onto a cell phone, but has not yet invented an Internet filter that blocks pornography without blocking many reproductive rights, LGBT, and teen suicide prevention websites. Kleinman argues that people who run into unintentional blocks can simply ask a librarian to lift the filter.
- "Pornographic Required Reading in Knox Schools?," by Wes Hall, The Knoxville Journal, 9 March 2012, where article says, "Out of 216 pages there are 281 occurrences of such words Seal considers inappropriate for any 15-year-old," that number comes directly from me.
- "Form of School-Book Censoring Emerges," by Amy B Wang, Tuscon Citizen, 14 January 2012.
- "Form of School-Book Censoring Emerges: Legislator's Gaffe Shows Push to Keep Titles Off Shelves," by Amy B Wang, The Arizona Republic, 14 January 2012:
Dan Kleinman, a self-described library watchdog who runs a blog called Safe Libraries, agreed that books should not be removed simply because of their topics.
"If a book is pervasively vulgar, you can remove it immediately," he said. "You cannot remove the book if it contains ideas that you disagree with."
He added, "Nobody should be removing any books unless they've read them."
- "John Green: A Brother With a Story," by Leah Weaver, The Prowler (Northshore High School, Slidell, LA), 9 October 2011.
- "Banned Book List Excludes Those Banned by Libraries Themselves; Libraries Refuse Books on Ex-Gay Issues While Carrying Explicit 'Gay' Books," by Jack Minor, Greeley Gazette, 1 October 2011:
Kleinman went to the New Jersey Library Association in May where he asked the author, Amy Sonnie how many challenges the book had received over the past year. Sonnie replied the book had only received two challenges, including one in a Texas juvenile hall prison facility where the book was removed for its sexual content.
Sonnie went on to say she contacted the ALA, asking why her book had been placed on the list. Sonnie said they informed her it was made [sic] the list because unlike other books that were simply challenged, her book was actually removed.
- "Keeping Your Kid's Library Safe," by J.D. Mullane, Burlington County Times, 14 September 2011, p.B1.
Dan Kleinman seems nice enough, with his quick smile, rock-dude hair, and eager-to-inform persona.
As the father of three tweens, I was aghast. But then Kleinman's co-speaker, Aldo DeVivo of suburban New York, addressed the audience, and I felt worse.
At Braddock's [Tavern in Medford, NJ], DeVivo excerpted one of the book's 46 sexually explicit passages. The excerpt describes a sexual act between two kids as observed by a third, who narrates the action.
19 Aug 2011
- "Book Battles Heat Up Over Censorship vs. Selection in School," by Natalie DiBlasio, USA Today, 19 August 2011, p.1A.
Interestingly, the title of the same article as eventually printed and as pictured at right deletes "Selection" and puts the onus on "Parents": "Schools Once Again Face Bind Over Censorship vs. Book Lists; Pressure from Parents, Boards a Rite of Fall Season." See cover pictured at right. The pressure is really from the ALA to force schools to accept material they would otherwise not select without such pressure, yet the title change deletes "selection" and adds "pressure from parents." Do you see the spin evident in the title change? Be that as it may, here is what the story says about me:
There is intense debate over whether those challenges involve censorship or are just parents seeking age-appropriate reading material.
"It is not a banning when some school decides to remove a book," says Dan Kleinman, who in 2004 started the website SafeLibraries.org. "They are just following their selection policy."
- "Perang Buku Memanas, Sensor vs Seleksi Sekolah," by Natalie DiBlasio, Indonesia Buku, 19 August 2011.
- "Los Angeles Libraries Grapple with Online Pornography; After a Recent Outcry About Online Pornography at a Chinatown Branch Library, Los Angeles has been Working to Protect Bystanders While Not Infringing on Computer Users' 1st Amendment Rights," by Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, 13 April 2011, p.AA-3.
- "Chatham Man's Website Takes On Library Offerings; Provides Advice to Those Questioning Books' Content," by Matt Manochio, Daily Record, 12 December 2010, p.A1.
- "Still Arrogant, Still Wrong," by Editorial, The Daily Herald, 3 December 2010.
- "Those Challenging Books Find Strength in Numbers," by Didi Tang and Mary Beth Marklein, USA Today, 1 December 2010 (updated 6 December), p.3A.
- "Banned Book To Be Read at Show," by Jim Walsh, Courier Post, 20 August 2010.
Dan Kleinman, a Morris County-based "safe library" activist who backs [library director Gail] Sweet's decision, said the protesters were well-intended but mistaken.
"Libraries may remove books for legitimate reasons," he said.
"I think it's great what they are doing," Kleinman said of the performers. "They're standing up against what they believe is book-banning and censorship. It's not, but that's what they believe it is."
- "Hen Hud: Court Order May Be Required," by Barbara Livingston Nackman, The Journal News, 31 October 2009.
Public libraries and police are both funded by and created to serve the public, said Dan Kleinman of Safelibraries.org.
"In this case all they need to [do] is give the police permission to look at the computer they already have in their possession," Kleinman said. "This isn't invading anyone's privacy. They are all on the same team. Libraries are formed by charter to serve a particular purpose. Child pornography is not usually one of these purposes."
- "Librarians' Code Does Not Allow Censorship," by Luther Turmelle, New Haven Register, 22 October 2009.
Dan Kleinman, a New Jersey resident who operates a blog and Web site that focuses on national library association policies that he says put questionable material in the hands of young people, said Cheshire residents seeking to ban the book would be better served working toward changing the library's policies, which Harten said don't permit the Library Board or any of the town's elected leaders to overrule her decision.
"These people don't have to be in the situation they're in," Kleinman said. "Maybe the policy should be changed. Even the ALA's guidelines don't recommend giving a library director that much power."
- "Read! Speak! Know! — While You Still Can …," by Paulette D. Kilmer, Toledo Free Press, 25 September 2009.
- "US Libraries Hit Back Over Challenges to Kids Books," by Sara Hussein, Agence France-Presse [AFP], 6 September 2009, emphasis mine.
....See also, "É.-U. : Deux Papas Pingouins Gays Déchaînent les Passions," and "O Carte Pentru Copii Despre Doi Pinguini Homosexuali, Stârneste Controverse în SUA," etc.
Dan Kleinman, who runs the website safelibraries.org, says his concerns are with the sort of sexual content found in "Gossip Girls."
"It is wrong to say that children should not have books because the Earth is not older than 6000 years. It is wrong to say children should not have books because there's witchcraft in them. This is silly," he told AFP, referring to some of the arguments put forward by religious fundamentalists.
But, he says, "some books have explicit, very detailed sexual conduct that is not of a teaching nature... it's just inappropriate for children."
Kleinman, whose website is a clearing house for information about challenging books, insists that he does not want to see books banned, but says there is a legitimate legal basis for restricting children's access to sexually explicit material in libraries.
"All I'm seeking is application of existing law," he said, drawing a parallel between explicit websites or films and literature.
Kleinman accuses the ALA of hyperbole in celebrating Banned Books Week. "The whole purpose of Banned Books Week is to provide this kind of misinformation," he said. "The ALA misleads people into thinking that if you keep an inappropriate book from a child that is considered censorship. It is not."
- "Librarians: Throw The Book At 'Em," by Don Corrigan, Editor-in-Chief, South County Times, 26 September 2008.
- "Who's Controlling County Libraries: Taxpayers or the ALA? New Teen Sections at County Libraries Stocked with Sexually Explicit Materials," by Dan Kleinman, St. Louis MetroVoice, 21 August 2008.
- "Letters: Board Bans Junk Food, But Not Racy Books," by Guy Hegg, Appleton Post-Crescent, 29 May 2008.
- "Library Seeks Porn Parity," by Sarah Portlock, The Brooklyn Paper, 17 May 2008.
- "Librarian in Nation's Headlines; Lindsay Firing Sparks Debate on News Sites and Among Bloggers," by David Castellon, Visalia Times-Delta; Tulare Advance-Register, 18 March 2008.
- "Library Filtering Legislation Needed," by Dan Kleinman, Chicago Daily Herald, 21 February 2008.
- "Another Book Stirs Suitability Debate," by John J. Hopkins, Cheektowaga Times (NY), 17 January 2008.
- "Penguin Papas Lead a List of Literary Controversies; The Most Challenged Book of 2006 is About Two Male Birds Who Adopt an Egg Together," by Stevenson Swanson, Los Angeles Times, 7 October 2007.
- "Activists Debate Seized Book," by Lydia Seabol Avant, Tuscaloosa News, 1 October 2007.
- "Book Banning Efforts Bring on Title Fights; Awareness Campaign Punches Back But Critics Not Flinching," by Stevenson Swanson, Chicago Tribune, 30 September 2007:
The library association has been "very successful in spreading their message that anything goes," said Dan Kleinman, who runs the website SafeLibraries.org, which calls for greater parental say in which books are used in schools and available to children at libraries. Banned Books Week is "propaganda to convince parents to allow school boards and libraries to continue making inappropriate material available," he said.
Kleinman cited the decision by the school board in Oak Lawn, a Chicago suburb, to keep a book on a summer reading list for eighth-graders despite its use of profanity and description of adolescent sexual desires. The board issued an apology for not notifying parents about the contents of the novel, "Fat Kid Rules the World."
- "School Board Should Take Responsibility for Book Choice," by Dan Kleinman, Daily Southtown, 25 September 2007. See also "District 126 School Board Should Take Responsibility for Book Choice," by Dan Kleinman, Illinois Family Institute, 26 September 2007.
- "Another Take," by Jerry Mulvihill, President of District 126 Board of Education, Daily Southtown, 7 September 2007.
- "Another Take," by William Beaulieu, Daily Southtown, 6 September 2007.
- "Internet Filters Hit Snag; Library Leaders Hit 'Perennial Problem' as Costly, Restrictive," by Jo Napolitano, Chicago Tribune, 30 May 2007.
- "Brading Doesn't Comply with Community Standards," by Dan Kleinman, The Outlook, 20 September 2006.
- "Disagrees with Letter on Playboy," by Paul Bohanek, Daily Southtown, 24 November 2005. [Response to Gay Group Support of Library 'Alarming']
- "Library Sex Offender Incident Fuels Internet Filter Push; Offender Admitted Viewing Porn on Library PCs," by Abby Simons, The Des Moines Register, 21 November 2005.
- "Gay Group Support of Library 'Alarming'," by Colleen Garcia, Daily Southtown, 17 November 2005. [Response to Library Critics are 'Know Nothings']
- "Library Critics are 'Know Nothings'," by Bob Schwartz, Gay Liberation Front, Daily Southtown, 13 November 2005.
- "Readers Debate Playboy's Place in Oak Lawn Library," Daily Southtown, 9 November 2005:
- Supports Village Board on Playboy, by Nancy M. Czerwiec
- Chagrined by Censorship Attempt, by R. William Wolf
- Applauds Trustees for Taking Stand, by Kathy Valente
- Distressed by 'Narrow-Minded Action', by Linda Melander
- Library, Southtown Editorial are Elitist, by David E. Smith, Illinois Family Institute
- Library Should Stand By Its Principles, by William Beaulieu Regarding "censorship" of Playboy, "Thomas Jefferson must be spinning in his grave!"
- "Village Board is Wrong to Enter Playboy Fray," by Our Editorial Board, Daily Southtown, 6 November 2005.
- "Mom Wants Playboy Out of Library," by Natalia Smith, Daily Southtown, 2 November 2005.
- "Oak Lawn Presses Library on Playboy," by Victoria Pierce, Chicago Tribune, 27 October 2005.
- "Village to Ask Library to Remove Playboy," by Daniel Duggan, Daily Southtown, 26 October 2005. [Also published the next day in The Star as "Oak Lawn Board Asks Village to Remove Playboy From Its Shelves."]
- "Porn Dealers Given Notice; Oak Lawn Police Warn of Possible Obscenity Charges," by Daniel Duggan, Daily Southtown, 13 October 2005. Mayor David Heilmann said, "We don't want children exposed to obscenity, and we'll do the best we can to protect them from that."
- "Playboy a Cause of Crime on Kids, Women," by Nancy Czerwiec, Daily Southtown, 4 October 2005.
- "The Issue is Spending Tax Money on Playboy," by Mark Decker, Daily Southtown, 28 September 2005.
- "Library is For Adults, Too - Not Just Kids," by Naomi Miller, Daily Southtown, 22 September 2005.
- "Oak Lawn Pressed on Anti-Playboy Fight," by Victoria Pierce, Chicago Tribune, 14 July 2005.
- "Protests 'Playboy' in Library; Oak Lawn Man States That Magazine May Entice Sex Offenders," by Yvette Presberry, Southwest News-Herald, 6 Jul 2005.
- "Readers: Ban the Bunnies; Readers Sound Off on Playboy in Libraries," Daily Southtown, 2 Jul 2005. 37 wrote in favor of removing Playboy and 3 wrote against removing Playboy. Those in favor are Mark Decker, Oak Lawn; Arlene Sawicki, South Barrington; Chris Bekermeier, Homer Glen; Emily Wray, Chicago; Joetta Deutsch, Taylorville; Karen Hayes, Palos Heights; Kathy Valente, Lansing; Nancy M. Czerwiec, Former Oak Lawn library board member, Oak Lawn; many more. Those against are Mike Sutko, Oak Lawn library trustee, Oak Lawn; not many more.
- "Oak Lawn Library Vows to Keep Playboy on Shelf," by Jo Napolitano, Chicago Tribune, 23 June 2005.
- "Resident Urges Oak Lawn to Crack Down on Porn," by Victoria Pierce, Chicago Tribune, 26 May 2005.
- "Bad Criticism of Libraries," by Annoyed Librarian, Library Journal, 23 May 2012, hyperlink in original:
Or there was the man who was stabbed at the Brooklyn Public Library by someone accusing him of watching Internet porn. If only there had been porn filters! And maybe some body armor. But there's not a lot to say about that either, especially since Safe Libraries Guy was nowhere near the BPL. Stabbing people is bad. Don’t do it. Get well soon. That's pretty much it.
- "Doing What Your Big Sister Does: Sex, Postfeminism and the YA Chick Lit Series," by Elizabeth Bullena, Kim Toffolettib, Liz Parsonsa, Gender and Education, 23:4, 2011, pp. 497-511. [Simply a link: "Padget, T. 2006. Page burners, sex and the teenage girl. Newsday.com, April 4. http://www.safelibraries.org/."]
- "What is an American Library?," by Annoyed Librarian, Library Journal, 21 November 2011.
- "ALA News; Interview with Dan Kleinman of SafeLibraries," by AL Direct, American Libraries, 14 September 2011:
- "Comment Enabled; Most Oppose Explicit Books," by Dan Kleinman, American Libraries, July/August 2011, p.11.
- "Perceptions of Self and the 'Other': An Analysis of Challenges to And Tango Makes Three," by Marta L. Magnuson, American Library Association, 12 May 2011, updated 10 October 2011. Note: This article was changed to remove the false claim that I sought to censor And Tango Makes Three. See "On Getting Lumped In With Others; And SafeLibraries Makes Three."
- "Book Banners Find Power in Numbers," by American Library Association, Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom, LX:3 (May 2011).
Yet websites like PABBIS.org and Safelibraries.org have become the vanguard for organized attempts to ban books from public libraries and school curricula.
- "Libraries and Porn Privacy," by Annoyed Librarian, Library Journal, 27 April 2011.
- "School Book Challenges Increasingly Organized Efforts," by American Library Association, Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom, LX:2 (March 2011).
But while challenges once were mostly launched by a lone parent, Caldwell-Stone has noticed "an uptick in organized efforts" to remove books from public and school libraries. A number of challenges appear to draw from information provided on websites such as Parents Against Bad Books in Schools, or PABBIS.org, and Safelibraries.org.
- "Chapter 4: Internet Filtering," by Sarah Houghton-Jan, Library Technology Reports 46:8, November-December 2010:
Finally, the influence of outside lobbying groups on local Internet filtering policies in libraries should not be understated. Some groups, such as the Values Advocacy Council and SafeLibraries.org, have local affiliate organizations and members that try to get Internet filters into local school and public libraries. These groups can provide local politicians in their like-minded political party with template proposals for Internet filtering ballot measures, city council resolutions, policy changes, and so on. This often provides the politician, in his or her mind, with a clear winning platform for the next election. These prewritten policy-change templates require the politician to insert only his or her city, school, or county name. With such an easily presented fast lane to election supremacy, libraries and intellectual freedom advocates must stand vigilant and constantly remind politicians that their constituents include people who believe in the right of choice, not only people who believe in their right to remove everyone else's choice.
- "ALA in the Airport?," by Annoyed Librarian, Library Journal, 15 November 2010.
- "Libraries Fight Challenges to Graphic Novels," by Brigid Alverson, Publishers Weekly, 27 April 2010:
Most challenges are brought by parents and grandparents, or adult community members who happen to stumble on a book in the library, Caldwell-Stone said, but there are also organized groups, using names like "family friendly," "citizens for decency," or "safe libraries." "[They] say they are there to protect kids, that they are there to protect parents' rights to raise their kids the way they see fit, and they think this gives them the right to dictate what is in the library," she said. "They can often take a challenge in a community where a concern is raised by a single parent and blow it up into a major conflagration."
- "ALA Event Meet West Bend Community Library Supporters," by Diane Chen, School Library Journal, 30 June 2009.
- "Wisconsin Library Challenge Heats Up," by Debra Lau Whelan, School Library Journal, 7 May 2009.
- "Privacy, Shmivacy," by Annoyed Librarian, Library Journal, 9 February 2009.
- "Obama Wants Your Library Records," by Annoyed Librarian, Library Journal, 21 January 2009.
- "'Fear Tactics' on Palin," by Dan Kleinman, Library Journal, Feedback, 15 October 2008, v133 i17 p12(1).
- "Filter Bill Stalled in Illinois Legislature," by Norman Oder, Library Journal, 5 June 2007. This article corrects a previous one where, in comments, we pointed out that the information provided by the Illinois Library Association was false—see article and comments to "In Protest, IL PLs Turn Off Net; Proposed State Filter Law Would Go Beyond CIPA," by Norman Oder, Library Journal, 1 June 2007.
- "Massachusetts Library Revisits Security after Child Molested," by the ALA, American Libraries, 8 February 2008.
- "Oak Lawn, Illinois," by Judith F. Krug, [ALA] Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom, January 2006, p.10.
- "Town Leaders Reopen Playboy Decision," by the ALA, American Libraries, 28 October 2005.
- "Oak Lawn, Illinois," by Judith F. Krug, [ALA] Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom, September 2005, pp.216-217.
- "Working In a Dying Industry," by Emma-Jean Weinstein, You Are Here - Tales of Employment, National Public Radio NPR (Boston, MA: WERS 88.9 FM, 5 February 2012).
- "Banned Books Week," Doc Washburn, FOX Newsradio (Panama City, FL: WFLA, 27 September 2011). I was a guest for the entire hour and took questions from callers. No podcast to my knowledge.
- "Banned Book Week," guests ALA OIF's Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Dan Kleinman, teacher Stacey Harris Ingrahm, and Johnson City Public Library director Bob Swanay, interviewed by Stewart Harris, Professor of Constitutional Law, Appalachian School of Law, Your Weekly Constitutional, National Public Radio NPR (Johnson City, TN: WETS, 27 September 2011).
- "Banned and Challenged Books Highlighted During Banned Book Week," The KUNM Call-In Show, National Public Radio NPR (Albuquerque, NM: KUNM, 22 September 2011). After I go off the air, the New Mexico Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee Chair Dr. Felipe de Ortego y Gasca is on for the next half hour and he agrees with me!
|Dr. Gina Loudon|
- "The Dr. Gina Show," guest Dan Kleinman, 101 WYDE FM, 17 August 2011.
- "The Joe Crummey Show," caller Dan from Chatham, WABC 770AM, 27 June 2011.
.... Also the topic of pornography being available in a public library has come up again, only this time in New Jersey. Still doesn't seem right that you can access porn in a library, so why hasn't it been prevented? That and more on today's Crummey Show. [This call is related to "Access to Pornography at Libraries Raises Concerns," by Matt Murphy, News12 NJ, 25 June 2011.]
- "Laura Kostial — Bad Books in Libraries — 3-8-08 (part 1)," by Laura Kostial with Dan Kleinman as a caller, Eagle Forum Live with Phyllis Schlafly, 8 March 2008.
- "Laura Kostial — Bad Books in Libraries — 3-8-08 (part 2)," by Laura Kostial with Dan Kleinman as a caller, Eagle Forum Live with Phyllis Schlafly, 8 March 2008.
- "Download MP3 Tue 08/21/2007 Hour #1: Dan Kleinman, SafeLibraries.org and Karen Lukes (parent) re: Followup on 8/7/2007 District No. 126 (Alsip & Oak Lawn)," by host Sandy Rios, guest Karen Lukes, guest Dan Kleinman, The Sandy Rios Show, 21 August 2007.
- "Download MP3 Tue 08/07/2007 Hour #2: Dan Kleinman, SafeLibraries.org re: Profane books for students in Cook County School District No. 126 (Alsip & Oak Lawn, IL)," by host Sandy Rios, guest Karen Lukes, guest Dan Kleinman, The Sandy Rios Show, 8 August 2007.
- "A Few Myths About Banned Books," by Gary Robson, Gary D. Robson, 11 February 2013.
- "On Banning Books," by Trudy J. Morgan-Cole, Hypergraffiti, 5 October 2012.
- "Banned Books Awareness: 'Looking for Alaska,'" by R. Wolf Baldassarro, World.edu, 14 May 2012.
- "Margarita Mathiopoulos, Duncan McCorquodale & Alice Hutchison: No Statute of Limitations on Plagiarism," by Daniel Dagan, Daniel Dagan: Vor Ort, 12 April 2012.
- "Book Banning: Seriously?," by Lynne Hugo, Paying Attention, 28 August 2011.
- "Concerned For My Children? Don’t Be," by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg, Bookalicious, 26 July 2011.
- "Contest Winner and Book Launch for the Cats!," by Rahma Krambo, Mystic Coffee, 13 July 2011.
- "Deadline Banned?," by Chris Crutcher, Author & Consultant Chris Crutcher, September 2009.
- "The Curse of Google," by Justine Larbalestier, Justine Larbalestier, 23 July 2007.
- "What To Do About Sexually Explicit Teen Books?," by Brent Hartinger, AS IF! Authors Support Intellectual Freedom, 28 March 2006.
Experts (Not Already Listed Elsewhere):
- "American Library Association," by Patrick A. Trueman and Dawn Hawkins, Morality in Media, 27 March 2013.
- "BIG VICTORY in Spokane, WA – Community Leader's Story," by Unnamed, Safe Schools, Safe Libraries Project, 3 October 2012.
- "Most Oppose Explicit Books in Public Schools Says Harris Poll," by Dr. Judith Reisman, Dr. Judith Reisman, 30 April 2011.
- "Playboy Magazine and the Oak Lawn, Illinois Public Library," by Laura Rizzardini, M.A., Laura Rizzardini, Inc., 2 October 2005.
- "West Bend Community Memorial Library," West Bend, WI 53095.
- "Good Faith," by Stephen Bertrand, She Said/He Said (Kankakee Public Library), 23 October 2007. This was in response to my comment on the previous library blog post entitled, "Is the ALA Out of Touch?"
ALA Distribution Lists:
- "[lita-l] Re: Re: Re: Re: ALAConnect & 8bitlibrary," by LaVerne Poussaint, DeepMed Library, 22 August 2011.
--- On Mon, 8/22/11, SafeLibraries.org
Subject: Re: [lita-l] Re: Re: Re: ALAConnect & 8bitlibrary
To: LaVerne Poussaint [email elided]
Date: Monday, August 22, 2011, 12:15 PM
- "[lita-l] 2nd Federal 'Sexual Hostilities in Worplace' Lawsuit Filed by Library Workers," by LaVerne Poussaint, DeepMed Library, 22 August 2011.
From: LaVerne Poussaint
Subject: [lita-l] 2nd Federal 'Sexual Hostilities in Worplace' Lawsuit Filed by Library Workers
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 13:41:52 -0700 (PDT)
For the clueless [regarding ALA members attacking LaVerne and calling for censoring her: http://connect.ala.org/node/150744 - definitely an eye-opening read]:
Why are you still sending e-mails to me on civil discourse?
How has it transpired that my opposition to the crude and illegal fellatio uploads [to an ALA message board] now turns on the false fulcrum of my lack of "civility" and not upon a focus of the heterosexual male prerogative [yes, I must "go there"] which considered it suitable to penetrate and push pass the boundaries of professionalism in such a way?
I would not deign to upload a cunnilingus graphic on ALAConnect. Why? Because there should be boundaries. My private propensities are mine alone - and those with whom I share particular pleasures.
The selfsame dynamic evidenced on ALAConnect is what has been now forced before the Bench and Bar. The Library Foundations are now party to the suits as enablers and facilitators; those mandated with representing the interests of the library workers are defendants, not plaintiffs.
Let us no longer pretend that this is about lack of my manners; there's something far more subtle and malicious going on here.
...And if you think what was written is lacking in civility, your ears would burn if you heard what I'm actually thinking.
- "[ifaction] FW: Book Banners Finding Power in Numbers: Miller-McCune," by Deborah Caldwell-Stone, American Library Association, 11 February 2011.
- "[alacoun] Re: RE: We are featured on the safelibraries blog," by Diedre Conkling, American Library Association, 10 November 2010.
- "[alacoun] RE: We are featured on the safelibraries blog," by Christopher F. Bowen, American Library Association, 10 November 2010.
- "[alacoun] RE: We are featured on the safelibraries blog," by Patrick Sweeney, American Library Association, 10 November 2010.
- "[alacoun] We are featured on the safelibraries blog," by Christopher F. Bowen, American Library Association, 10 November 2010.
- "YALSA Board of Directors Meeting Conference Call," by YALSA, American Library Association, 25 August 2009.
- "[alacoun] those who don't like intellectual freedom," by Carrie Gardner, American Library Association, 22 April 2009.
- "[alacoun] RE: Censorship Issue," by James Casey, American Library Association, 5 August 2008.
- "[alacoun] RE: [Fwd: [SafeLibraries] American Troops Defamed by ALA Councilor Peter McDonald]," by James Casey, American Library Association, 27 June 2008.
- "[alacoun] [Fwd: [SafeLibraries] American Troops Defamed by ALA Councilor Peter McDonald]," by Peter McDonald, American Library Association, 26 June 2008.
- "[ALACOUN:19056] Re: The invented 'Scrotum controversy'?," by Therese Bigelow, American Library Association, 28 February 2007.
- "[ALACOUN:19052] Re: The invented 'Scrotum controversy'?," by Steve Matthews, American Library Association, 28 February 2007:
Since I have now had a request for an interview from Dan Kleinman of SafeLibraries, I am more convinced that Councilor Rosenzweig may indeed be right about the ideological conspiracy although I am sure that this incident is far more complicated than that, but SafeLibraries is a smear of major proportions. I responded to Mr. Kleinman's request for an interview with the following:
Mr. Kleinman: Of course not. Your organized effort to trash public and school libraries and create a climate of fear disgusts me. You are as disingenuous and sensationalistic as the supermarket tabloids. Your real agenda is to destroy the whole concept of the public library and to render school libraries ineffective and ultimately worthless. You have a right to your opinion, but I’m not interested in being a part of your destructive and misguided zealotry.
If you have not taken a look at http://www.SafeLibraries.org/ recently, you should. I stand corrected if I downplayed the persistent efforts of the fringe, Councilor Rosenzweig, we have everything to fear. And to all councilors, don't forget about that check to the Freedom to Read Foundation. Now more than ever.
- "[ALACOUN:17466] RE: Finding a website," by James Casey, American Library Association, 22 March 2006.
- "[ALACOUN:16498] RE: New Censorship Website," by Jessamyn West, American Library Association, 29 November 2005.
- "[ALACOUN:16497] RE: New Censorship Website," by James Casey, American Library Association, 29 November 2005.
- "[ALACOUN:16496] RE: New Censorship Website," by Jim Rettig, American Library Association, 29 November 2005.
- "[ALACOUN:16494] New Censorship Website," by James Casey, American Library Association, 29 November 2005.
Oak Lawn resident Mark Decker has been on a campaign since March 2005 to remove Playboy magazine from our Oak Lawn Public Library. He has thus far been unsuccessful. Our Board voted unanimously to retain that title in our collection on June 21. This was publicized heavily in the Chicago area. The issue hasn't "gone away" as Decker began lobbying our Village government, has broadened his focus to filtering issues and expanded his demands for removal of other "indecent" titles. Most recently, he and his supporters launched a website. http://www.safelibraries.org ALA and the ACLU are among the chief targets of this site. Several "ALA-Indoctrinated" Librarians are named in various sections, but the chief target of the authors seems to be Judith Krug. "Now we come to the ALA. While the ALA has a president elected yearly, the top dog at the ALA is someone working tirelessly, year after year, with ten of thousands of supporters and millions and millions in funding, to ensure, among other goals, children maintain access to pornography."
If Judith Krug is really the "top dog" of ALA, maybe she should get a raise!
- "Not a Laughing Matter," by AlexD, Libraryboost, 8 January 2013.
- "More Banned Books Week Stuff," by Sue Bursztynski, Shh!, 24 September 2012.
- "Looking It Up," by Sue Bursztynski, The Great Raven, 23 September 2012.
- "$2.86 of Benefits For Each $1 Spent, Library Study Claims," by Ian Anstice, Public Libraries News, 29 Jul 2012.
- "Let's Talk Access! And Why Libraries are Radically Unsafe Places, and That's a Good Thing!," by Karen Jensen, Teen Librarian's Toolbox, 25 July 2012.
- "La Bibliothèque, Lieu de Tournage de Pornos?," by François Renaville, Biblioth|ê|thique, 16 July 2012:
On connaît tous le cas de lecteurs qui viennent à la bibliothèque pour y regarder du porno. Si vous ne l’avez peut-être pas vécu personnellement, allez faire un tour sur Google : le nombre de billets, news et articles de journaux ou de webzines qui en parlent (surtout de l’autre côté de l’Atlantique) est assez impressionnant. C’est aussi l’un des sujets de prédilection du bibliothécaire Dan Kleinman et de son blog Safe Libraries.
- "WILL UNWOUND #667: 'The First Annual Unwinders Conference,'" by Will Manley, Will Unwound, 27 January 2012:
An Unwinder, I think it was Linda, suggested we start putting together plans for a major library conference here in the Unwinder’s Tavern. I’m all for it. .... Listed below are my ideas for persons, places, and programs. ....
Debate: Safe Library Guy, Dan Kleinman vs. Intellectual Freedom Office Director, Barbara Jones
- "The ALA and Pornography," by Dennis Ingolfsland, The Recliner Commentaries, 26 January 2012.
- "Banned Books Week (What's It About, Really?)," by Jen Moore, The (Hopeful), 29 September 2011.
- "Banned Books Week: A Discussion on Intellectual Freedom for Kids," by Rebecca Halpern, Hack School Library, 28 September 2011:
Rebecca: That’s a good point. Children are good at self-selecting but we need to be aware of what is a reasonable expectation of their comfort level. Has ALA misappropriated the term "censorship?"
Britt: I wonder this every time I read a comment from Safe Libraries. The individual who spearheads that movement has an excellent point; the Annoyed Librarian also frequently points out that true censorship is quite rare in the United States.
- "Hey, This Is the Future... ... And We Don't Grow Up Like That (Voxtrot, 2007)," by Loranne, That Is Not A Bookmark, 27 September 2011.
- "P0rn! ... In Libraries," by Alice Darnton, Alice Darnton, 19 September 2011.
- "Rory Litwin Interviews SafeLibraries’ Dan Kleinman," by Rory Litwin, Library Juice, 13 September 2011.
- "Porn and Sex Abuse In Our Public Libraries," by Dennis Ingolfsland, The Recliner Commentaries, 25 July 2011.
Excellent article! Please take a little time to be informed. Your kids depend on it!
- "Blinded By The Dark," by Rant Howard, Liberry Jam, 5 June 2011.
The Safe Libraries blog breaks the ALA issue down better than I or Gurdon do.
- "22 Librarians Paid More Than Governors," by Blake Carver, LISNews, 5 June 2011.
- "The ACLU's Double Standard," by Dennis Ingolfsland, The Recliner Commentaries, 21 May 2011.
- "Revisiting the ALA Membership Pyramid," by Eric Frierson, In the Library With the Lead Pipe, 5 May 2011.
- "The American Library Association in a Nutshell," by Dennis Ingolfsland, The Recliner Commentaries, 2 May 2011.
- "Safe Libraries Dot Org?," by Russell Smith, The Hollywood Librarian, 17 April 2011.
- "ALA Joins CAIR to Oppose Radicalization Hearings Sponsored by Congressman Pete King," by Norma Bruce, Collecting My Thoughts, 10 March 2011.
- "Unsafe Work Environments in Public Libraries," by Dennis Ingolfsland, The Recliner Commentaries, 18 January 2011.
- "SafeLibraries: How ALA Plagiarism Becomes Truth Through the Media Lens; SafeLibraries in USA Today," by Dennis Ingolfsland, The Recliner Commentaries, 13 December 2010.
- "Cranky Kong Agrees with the Library of Congress," by JP Porcaro, 8bitlibrary.com, 9 December 2010.
- "Fried Librarian Giblets Awakens ALA Council to Take On Yet Another Non-Library Issue," by Norma Bruce, Collecting My Thoughts, 10 November 2010.
- "SafeLibraries.org," by Oyarsa, LOTR Librarian, 5 April 2010.
- "Tuesday Spotlight: John Green," by CMIS, Fiction Focus, 9 March 2010.
- "Attention Black Caucus," by Norma Bruce, Collecting My Thoughts, 13 January 2010.
- "Censorship and ALA Program in Chicago," by Michael Golrick, Thoughts From a Library Administrator, 28 July 2009.
- "Library Filters Make for Attack Ads in Arizona Race," by David Burt, Filtering Facts, 29 October 2009.
- "Safe Libraries and McGruff in Albuquerque, NM - A Model For the Nation," by Blake, LISNews, 24 October 2009.
- "Banned Books Week: Annoyed Librarian," by Dennis Ingolfsland, The Recliner Commentaries, 1 October 2009.
- "Dan 'I Don't Play Gotcha' Kleinman," by Anthony Hoffmann, AnthonyHoffmann.org, 30 April 2009.
- "Looking for Alaska, by John Green," by Sam, Parenthetical.net, 10 July 2008.
- "Signing Off," by David Durant, Heretical Librarian, 7 July 2008.
- "Assorted Links," by David Durant, Heretical Librarian, 17 April 2008.
- "Librarian Child Porn Story Taking Off," by Steven M. Cohen, Library Stuff, 21 March 2008.
- "plan2succeed's bookmarks on del.icio.us," by Steven M. Cohen, Library Stuff, 16 March 2008.
- "The Librarian as Filter, Part 3," by , Academic Librarian, 10 January 2008.
- "What Is ALA Hiding," by Greg McClay, Shush, 7 May 2010, hyperlink in original.
Dan Kleinman of SafeLibraries has been trying to attend one of ALA’s Lawyers For Libraries training seminars and after an initial denial he’s basically been met with a wall of silence. For an organization that constantly preaches about openess in government (and an organization that receives government funding), they seem to be incapable of being the least bit open themselves.
Prominent Political Blogs:
- "Revealed: The Evil Lurking in Libraries; Association Accused of 'Prostituting Itself Out to Issue Propaganda,'" by Dave Tombers, WorldNetDaily, 14 May 2012:
He added, "The video is clearly promoting an end to illegal immigration enforcement, to usher in an era of open borders. What do open borders have to do with libraries?"
He added, "The bottom line is this. The ALA has expanded its mission to promote causes that have nothing to do with librarianship – and that's concerning."
The ALA did not respond to a WND request for comment.
- "George Soros Uses American Library Association to 'Educate' Americans Nationwide," by Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs, 4 January 2012.
- "Oakland Safe Libraries: The Children's Brigade of #occupyoakland," by Andrew Wilkow, The Wilkow Majority, 3 November 2011.
- "School Removes Squirting Sperm Book After 8-Year-Old Complains To Her Mother," by Doc Washburn, 94.5 WFLA, 27 September 2011.
- "'Banned Book Week' Is Wingnut Cue To Panic Over Gay Penguin Sex," by Kirsten Boyd Johnson, Wonkette, 26 September 2011. My comment:
The issue is not gay penguins. The problem has nothing to do with WorldNetDaily.
Here's the problem. The American Library Association is faking its annual top 10 challenged book list to promote its own political purposes.
Here's the evidence. One of the authors on the list unwittingly admitted that, essentially, the ALA faked the list to promote her book over others that were actually challenged more often. Further, despite the ALA announcement saying the top book, the one about the penguins, was challenged dozens of times, in truth it was challenged 4 times all year.
The proof. I have a recording of the author stating essentially the ALA faked the list. And I myself spoke with the very ALA guy who compiled the list, and I think the number 4 has been confirmed elsewhere.
My view. Four times is not such a big deal. Saying it was challenged dozens of times is deceptive, however. Put that together with the unwitting admission of the author, in response to a question I asked, and anyone being honest could come to the conclusion that the ALA has faked its top 10 list.
Now I know little about Wonkette, but I can see WorldNetDaily has been unfairly ridiculed here, and what has been overlooked is that the ALA fakes its yearly top 10 challenged book list. That's the news here, not WorldNetDaily. And that news is backed up with solid evidence, including the very words of a listed author admitting the ALA explained why her book was on the list, and it was for political purposes.
Takeaway. The ALA's faked list is not authoritative and schools using it as guidance should stop doing so.
- "Is Library Association's 'Banned Book Week' Really 'Gay' Promotion?; Critic Calls Event a 'Hoax Perpetrated on the American Public Since 1982,'" by Dave Tombers, WorldNetDaily, 25 September 2011. I recorded an author unwittingly admitting that the ALA fakes its annual top 10 challenged book list to promote a political agenda!
"The only other challenges that I'm aware of are these two, and I talked to the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom about it. I said oh my God I'm listed on [unintelligible], and they said because this was such a big deal, and because the book was actually removed, whereas many of these titles that get challenged, some get challenged but not removed, that is how it made it onto the list for this year," [Amy] Sonnie said.
- "Book Battles Heat Up Over Censorship vs. Selection in School," possibly by Roberta Combs, Christian Coalition of America, circa 22 August 2011.
- "American Library Association Supports WikiLeaks Suspect Manning; Librarian Group’s Backing is Not Just for Gay Propagandists Any More," by Matt Philbin, Media Research Center, 22 June 2011. See related main stream media source and all the comments thereto: "Library Association Takes Up Resolutions in Support of WikiLeaks, Manning," FOX News, 23 June 2011.
- "American Library Association Supports WikiLeaks Suspect Manning," by Matt Philbin, NewsBusters, 22 June 2011.
- "American Library Association Supports Muslim Brotherhood-linked CAIR Against Rep King's Counter Terror Hearings," by Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs, 9 March 2011.
- "Tech at Night: ALA, Wikipedia, Astroturf, Net Neutrality," by Neil Stevens, RedState, 30 December 2010.
- "Tech at Night: Net Neutrality Reactions Continue, ALA, Copyright, Trademark, the New Madden Curse," by Neil Stevens, RedState, 28 December 2010.
- "Library Porn Removal Roadmap (opinion)," by Pornography Harms, Pornography Harms, 17 November 2010.
- "There's No Such Thing As a 'Safe Library,'" by Hannah Mueller, Blogging Censorship from the National Coalition Against Censorship, 17 July 2009. While I am not directly mentioned, it seems obvious I am directly implicated.
- "Religious Internet Filters Already in Public Schools," by PacNW BlueBerry Girl, Daily Kos, 24 September 2006.
General Interest Blogs:
- "You Can’t Read That!," by Paul Woodford, Paul's Thing, 10 December 2012.
- "Standing For Something — Update," by mormonwomen, Mormon Women, 3 October 2012.
- "Victory," by Sister Adamson (Tiffani Adamson), A Small Moment of..., 19 September 2012, hyperlinks omitted:
Big supporters like Dan Klineman [sic] the watchdog of safelibraries.org and Dawn Hawkins from Pornharms.com have been contributing valuable information and news articles to our page in order to inform the public of similar library incidents that are happening all over our nation.
Nancy explained the revision to the policy which basically is that the computers will have filters on at all times and if a patron wants to have access to a site that they need unblocked for research purposes they will have to fill out a request form, including the website they want to view. The library will have 72 hours to respond. The librarians have every right to say no if someone want to access sexually explicit material. Patrons may also ask for certain sites to be blocked if they deem them inappropriate.
- "Friday 4: A Crazy Week in Review," by Kelle Pressley, qcsupermom, 24 August 2012.
- "NCAC Pushes Porn on Libraries; Fifty Shades of Grey Propaganda: Brevard Buckles, Harford Holds," by EducationViews.org, Education News, 13 June 2012.
|Kelle Pressley, victim of selective|
library policy enforcement.
- "America's Global Educational Reform: When the Rule of Law is Ignored and Privatization Overtakes Education," by stlgretchen, Missouri Education Watchdog, 28 April 2012.
- "I Just Owned This Man in Writing," by Hannah thenerdylioness, Tumblr, 18 April 2012.
- "Would You Use a Gay Bathroom?," by millermedia, SodaHead, 7 March 2012.
- "ALA Admits Library Filters Work; Barbara Jones Bursts Her Own Breast Cancer Bubble," by EducationViews.org, Education News, 12 January 2012.
- "Grooming Tactics of a Convicted Molester," by Rosie, Memoir of a Redemptive Life, 14 January 2012.
- "Form of School-Book Censoring Emerges," by Amy B Wang, Glendale Online News, 15 January 2012.
- "Form of School-Book Censoring Emerges," by Amy B Wang, Mesa Online News, 15 January 2012.
- "George Soros Uses American Library Association to 'Educate' Americans Nationwide," by Pamela Geller, IsraelForum.com, 4 January 2012.
- "'Irrefutable Proof That the American Library Association [ALA], Has Become Terrorist Friendly, Child Unfriendly, Dishonest and Unethical'," by Hyscience, Hyscience, 4 January 2012.
- "George Soros Uses American Library Association to 'Educate' Americans Nationwide," by Pamela Geller, Conservatives For America, 4 January 2012.
- "Should People Be Allowed to Watch Porn In the Library?," by Amy Alkon, MND MensNewsDaily.com, 3 January 2012.
- "Mad Libs Part IV," by ladyliberty1885, From the Desk of Lady Liberty, 6 November 2011.
- "Unwinding the Abortion Debate in Young Adult Fiction," by Roxanna, Feminists for Choice, 3 November 2011:
[A] move fully supported by Dan Kleinman, a library watchdog who encourages concerned citizens to challenge any book they feel uncomfortable with in their local library and teaches his audience methods to oppose the American Library Association.
- "The 'Virtues' of Censorship, Pt. 3: Searching for 'Safe Libraries,'" by mjschneider, Catecinem, 20 October 2011.
- "Banned Book Week: What's in YOUR Library?," by Tom McMillen-Oakley, Jesus Has Two Daddies, 29 September 2011.
- "BBW- Have You Ever Been Involved In a Banned Book or Challenged Book Situation?," by Kate, Eve's Fan Garden, 28 September 2011:
Dan Klieman [sic] of Safe Libraries takes a different, and important, view on the subject: "I advise communities that they are being intentionally misled by the American Library Association. Some communities react by purging the negative influence of the ALA. Indeed just this month I was quoted on the front page of USA Today saying essentially what Judith Krug of the ALA has already said. I said, “It is not a banning when some school decides to remove a book," says Dan Kleinman, who in 2004 started the website SafeLibraries.org. 'They are just following their selection policy.'". This point of view gives us some great food for thought about what it means to be banned and/or challenged.
- "BBW – Is There a Book That You Feel Doesn't Belong On the BB List?," by Donna, Eve's Fan Garden, 27 September 2011:
Dan Kleinman of SafeLibraries brought up an interesting point. He challenged us to think about the difference between school selection and banning a book. Do schools/school districts/librarians have a duty or right to review a book for age-appropriateness and remove a book from the school library if they deem it doesn’t belong there? His articles and comments made me think about everything from a little different perspective.
- "American Library Association Promoting Homosexual Agenda," by The Rick & Becky Show, The Rick & Becky Show, 26 September 2011.
- "Library's Banned Books Week a Homosexual Smokescreen," by Ginny Maziarka, Wissup = Wisconsin Speaks Up, 26 September 2011.
- "Somebody Fire That Fuckin Penguin," by Mitch Sullivan, Cataclyst, 26 September 2011.
- "The Trouble of Simple Slogans Versus Complex Realities," by Silveradept, Nonsensical Ravings of Finely Tuned Insanity, 18 September 2011.
- "Is the ALA Harmful to Minors?," Safe Library Project, 6 September 2011.
- "Stacy Sutphen – Raising Awareness: Learn about Erin’s Law," by Stacy Sutphen, Wish I Didn't Know, 11 September 2011:
Parents, Baby sitters, Care Givers, Nanny’s and Guardians… please accompany young children when using public bathrooms (Please see child raped in Library bathroom. One of many stories)
- "They Are Sexualizing Our Children," by West Jersey Tea Party media chairman, PhillyBurbs.com, 7 September 2011.
- "Banned Books Week Propaganda Exposed," by Editor, Champion News, 2 September 2011.
- "Ban This!," by Nicole, WORD for Teens, 1 September 2011.
- "Good Books for Teen Boys," by Wendy, Good Books for Young Souls, 18 July 2011.
- "SafeLibraries: Thomas Sowell on Banned Books Week - BBW is 'Shameless Propaganda ... Now Institutionalized With a Week of Its Own,'" by Hannah H., Slumblog Millionaire, 8 July 2011.
- "The Truth About Filtering Porn in Your Local Library," by Ginny Maziarka, Wissup = Wisconsin Speaks Up, 29 June 2011.
- "E.L.O. Limericks!," by Robert Porter, Jeff Lynne Song Database, June 2011, poem by Dan Kleinman:
There once was a bloke named Jeff Lynne,
Whose fans were always a-grin.
They waited forever,
For Jeff, who's quite clever,
To write a great opus again.
- "Local News," by Lisa, Hudson Valley Patriots, 9 May 2011, hyperlink enhanced.
Please read this account – it is, let's just say, very important: http://safelibraries.blogspot.com/2011/05/school-bullies-girl-to-promote.html
- "April Miscellanea (Part Two)," by Maggie McNeill, The Honest Courtesan, 17 April 2011.
- "Americans Have a First Amendment Right to Watch Porn at the Library," by Annie Scudder, Eco News Bits, 13 April 2011.
- "Wausau Library Censors Movie - Defies ALA Policy," by Ginny Maziarka, Wissup = Wisconsin Speaks Up, 1 April 2011.
- "YA Lit: The Crossover," by , Crasstalk, 18 March 2011.
- "American Library Association Supports Muslim Brotherhood-linked CAIR Against Rep King’s Counter Terror Hearings," by Education News, Education News, 10 March 2011.
- "American Library Assoc Caves to Jihadists," by Jason Benjamin Paz, Israel and Beyond, 10 March 2011.
- "Controversies Regarding Looking for Alaska," by Jen, The Library, 13 February 2011.
- "Deep Throat in the Public Library," by Ginny Maziarka, Wissup = Wisconsin Speaks Up, 9 February 2011.
- "SafeLibraries.org and its SEVERE STUPIDITY!," by MichaelTheManiac, Michael the Maniac!, 1 February 2011.
- "Concerning 'Young Adults,'" by Isabella, The Literary Spell, 18 January 2011.
- "Parents Challenge Books in Schools & Libraries," by
- "The Community: The Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award," by Britt Foster, Library Moth, 1 November 2010.
- "The Ugly Side of Censorship," by Tori, Book Faery, 6 October 2010.
- "Banned Books Week: Looking for Alaska," Katie, whatchYAreading?, 30 September 2010.
- "Review: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green," by Mary, The Book Swarm, 26 September 2010.
- "Doors Open Wide to Confirm Unsafe West Bend Library," by Ginny Maziarka, Wissup = Wisconsin Speaks Up, 27 August 2010.
- "Book Review: Looking for Alaska, by John Green," by Sarah Mae Lennox, Sarah Mae Survives, 11 June 2010.
- "Easley Residents Shocked to Discover Gay Cruising in Public Restrooms," by Rob Taylor, Greenville Dragnet, 28 May 2010.
- "Library Parking Lot Looks Like.....Books!," by Ginny Maziarka, Wissup = Wisconsin Speaks Up, 23 February 2010.
- "Censorship - a Bunch of 'Non Cense,'" by Ginny Maziarka, Wissup = Wisconsin Speaks Up, 21 January 2010.
- "ALA Chills Free Exercise of Democracy by Publicly Attacking Mom and Pop Groups Who Dare to Oppose ALA Influence That Endangers Children," by Chris, New Basement Tapes, 19 January 2010.
- "I'm Back," by Erin Anderson, The Modern Mrs., 14 December 2009.
- "Schlafly Denounced ALA's Banned Books Week - Calls it 'Bullying,'" by Ginny Maziarka, Wissup = Wisconsin Speaks Up, 7 December 2009.
- "NCAC Loses Credibility - Supports PORN," by Ginny Maziarka, Wissup = Wisconsin Speaks Up, 12 November 2009.
- "SafeLibraries: But... Monkey in Cheshire, CT; Selection Policy Needs Amendment; Library Director Ramona Harten Says Her Own Authority Trumps All," by , Chasing Justice, 21 October 2009.
- "Banned, Censored, Challenged: The Handmaid's Tale," by Sharazad, The Dangerous Pages Review, 30 September 2009.
- "Banned Book Week: September 26 – October 3," by Madeline Kental, Madeline's YA Book Review, 29 September 2009.
- "Do These Lederhosen Make Me Look Fat?," by Beth, Nutwood Junction, 28 September 2009.
- "Censure Contre la Diversité," by Samuel Christian Gilbert, D.ieu Nous Aime..., 9 September 2009.
- "Honest Scrap Award," by Ginny Maziarka, Wissup = Wisconsin Speaks Up, 25 August 2009.
- "Kewaskum Librarian Turns Back on ALA, 'Censors' Books? Movies?," by Ginny Maziarka, Wissup = Wisconsin Speaks Up, 20 August 2009.
- "MA Library Director Getting Away with Murder - Child Porn Brought to Forefront," by Ginny Maziarka, Wissup = Wisconsin Speaks Up, 22 July 2009.
- "Timeline of the West Bend Public Library Controversy," by Dan Kleinman and Ginny Maziarka, West Bend Timeline, 22 June 2009. See also "Timeline Outlines Hijacking of West Bend Library," by Ginny Maziarka, Wissup = Wisconsin Speaks Up, 19 August 2010.
- "Ex-husband of Library Board President Disagrees with Organizations that Help to Protect Children," by Ginny Maziarka, Wissup = Wisconsin Speaks Up, 7 June 2009.
- "West Bend Library Board - Lies, Anger, and Vengeance," by Ginny Maziarka, Wissup = Wisconsin Speaks Up, 2 June 2009.
- "SafeLibraries Applauds West Bend City Council," by Ginny Maziarka, Wissup = Wisconsin Speaks Up, 19 May 2009.
- "ALA/OIF Makes Fools of Themselves," by Ginny Maziarka, Wissup = Wisconsin Speaks Up, 2 May 2009.
- "UWM Pokes Nose into West Bend's Issues," by Ginny Maziarka, Wissup = Wisconsin Speaks Up, 18 April 2009.
- "Links to Websites Concerning WB Library Issue...," by Ginny Maziarka, Wissup = Wisconsin Speaks Up, 16 March 2009.
- "Got My Rant On: Follow-Up," by Lori Hahn, Hahn at Home, 6 March 2009.
- "Area Teens Sneak into University Library and View Porn," by SafeLibraries, LISNews, 4 March 2009.
- "Thank You," by Laura Kostial, Know Your Library, 27 February 2009.
- "Library Hogwash," by Phil, Brandywine Books, 1 October 2008.
- "ALA Senior Council Members Plan Effort to Resist Community Control Over Library in a Public Emails," by Laura Kostial, Know Your Library, circa September 2008.
- "What We Have To Look Forward To If McCain/Palin Win the Election," by WillyK, Show Me Progress, 4 September 2008.
- "The Ludington Librarian," by Jim Macdonald, Making Light, 15 August 2008.
- "I Do Not Think That Award Means What You Think It Means," by Carlie Webber, Librarilly Blonde, 12 May 2008.
- "SafeLibraries Response to Internet Filtering on Library Computers; An Overview by Frank Versagi," by Dan Kleinman, Versagi Voice [Royal Oak, MI], 12 March 2008.
- "Internet Filtering on Library Computers; An Overview," by Frank Versagi, Versagi Voice [Royal Oak, MI], 12 March 2008.
- "Library Crime in Royal Oak, MI and the Media," by Dan Kleinman, Royal Oak Daily Tribune, 3 March 2008. [Not available online - so this is the original letter I sent to the editor.]
- "Finish Your Webquest and Start Your Research…," by Ms. Ingrassia, Ms. Ingrassia's KHHS Classes, 2 March 2008.
- "Library Filtering Legislation Needed," by Dan Kleinman, Illinois Family Institute, 23 February 2008.
- "Radical Militant Librarian in Training…Apparently," by Twitersong, Twitersong's Blog, 18 December 2007.
- "Book Banning Efforts Bring on Title Fights," by Stevenson Swanson of Chicago Tribune, The James Logan Courier, 3 October 2007.
- "'Banned Books' or Planned Deception?," by Arlene Sawicki, Illinois Family Institute, 1 October 2007.
- "More Inappropriate Material for Oak Lawn Children," by Dan Kleinman, Illinois Family Institute, 21 August 2007.
- "Local Control for Libraries? Who Are You Kidding?," by Dan Kleinman, Illinois Family Institute, 29 May 2007.
- "Open Letter to Illinois Legislators RE: HB 1727 and ILA Misinformation," by Dan Kleinman, Illinois Family Institute, 10 May 2007.
- "Open Letter to Lawmakers Regarding Library Internet Filters," by Dan Kleinman, Illinois Family Institute, 13 March 2007.
- "SafeLibraries.Org," by Bond, Right This Way, Please, 4 March 2007.
- "ALA Says Children and Playboy Magazine Perfect Together," by Dan Kleinman, Illinois Family Institute, 24 January 2007.
- "Daily Southtown Suggests Public is "Irrelevant" on Playboy in the Library," by David E. Smith, Illinois Family Institute, 7 November 2005.
- "Oak Lawn Public Library Patrons Say "No" to Playboy Magazine," by SafeLibraries.org, Illinois Family Institute, 30 September 2005.
- "^ This is Edited for Safelibraries.org," by Jon Rothenberg, 8bitlibrary.com, 19 August 2011:
- "Supreme Court: Appeals To Children Unlawful; Politicians, Drug War Jeopardized," by Travis Cobb, Spooftimes.com, 4 July 2011.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court, by a vote of 5-4, it is unlawful to make public appeals to children’s interest or child safety without evidence.
The ruling was the result of the National Youth Cooperative v. U.S. case. Minors of varying ages were outraged by the numerous appeals to their welfare made by politicians and parent groups without first consulting them, leading children to seek legal counsel and file numerous lawsuits.
The courts ruling has also affected many parent groups and censorship organizations as well. SafeLibraries.org says that “without the ability to use children to ban books and achieve our agenda, we feel like our freedom of speech is being taken from us.”
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