Document Type

Research Paper

Date of Completion

2019

Department

English

Faculty Mentor

Ms. Fuller

Abstract

When choosing a school, it is important to be aware of the materials students may access. This study seeks to provide information on the use of censorship in the school libraries of a rural community in central Arkansas. It will investigate the practices of three public school libraries and one private Christian school library. A survey concerning practices of censorship surrounding the topics of teen suicide, profanity, racism, and LGBTQ references has been given to librarians. These topics are drawn from the American Library Association’s Banned Books List of 2018. This study has considered how censorship may differ between public and private school libraries. Public schools have been found to acknowledge these topics more often than private school libraries.

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