Each year, the Alliance
partners with more than 100 visual and literary-arts organizations across the
country to bring The Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7 through 12
can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn
scholarships and have their works exhibited or published. Submissions are
juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past
award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality,
technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.
For more information on the categories and how to submit, go to the Scholastic Award site.
Each year, the ALA's
Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the top ten most frequently
challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries
and schools. The ALA
condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information.
A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed
with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of
content or appropriateness. The number of challenges reflects only incidents
reported. We estimate that for every reported challenge, four or five remain
unreported. Therefore, we do not claim comprehensiveness in recording
Over this recent past decade, 5,099* challenges were
reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom.
1,577 challenges due to "sexually explicit"
1,291 challenges due to "offensive language";
989 challenges due to materials deemed "unsuited to age
619 challenged due to "violence"' and
Comic shops are great destinations for Halloween and we want
to give you a reason to visit your local comic shop! 14 Comic Book Publishers
are producing 22 special edition comic books that will be available for free
when you visit your local participating comic shop on Oct 26th - 27th.
The local store that is participating this year is:
BLU PLANET COMICS & GAMES 509 Central