Thursday, February 22, 2007

Cuban Raid on School Library and Making Books Disappear

Take the "Banned Book Challenge." Freedom to Read Week is next week.

The writers of Stuck on the Palmetto bring attention to a Miami Herald article that tells of how a Miami-Dade mother is refusing to return a school library book. Our web log has been following this story of a group of parents has been trying to remove books from school libraries that paint too rosy a picture of life in Cuba.

Dalila Rodriguez, a member of the Concerned Cuban Parents Committee, who checked out the books Discovering Cultures, Cuba and Vamos a Cuba from her son's school library has no plans to return them. Says Rodriguez, "It's not censoring; it's protecting our children from lies....We're going to take the books and lock them in a box."

I wonder if she got the idea from this parent who decided a Maurice Sendak book was obscene and decided to hang on to it to "make it disappear." Thanks to Bookshelves of Doom for this story as found in The Daily News, Murfreesboro, TN.

Update: Leonard Pitts Jr., winner of a Pulitzer Prize for commentary, and a columnist for the Miami Herald in an article in the Sacramento Bee tells readers he has shipped a copy of Discovering Cultures, Cuba to Bossard Elementary School, as has Friends of Cuban Libraries. Mr. Pitts promises to replace any copy that goes missing because of Dalila Rodriguez and her group.

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