Friday, October 22, 2010

Speak UPdate!

So, remember the #Speakloudly campaign?  The one where a man from a small town in Missouri wanted three books removed from the public high school's library?  And one of those books was Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson?  And it was totally my town?  You can read about it here.

Well, do you also remember Laurie Halse Anderson said she would send 20 copies of each of the contested books to our area libraries in her op-ed piece here?

Guess what??

We got those books at our library the other day!


(The box of books courtesy of our awesome Collection Services department)
 

Thank you Ms Anderson!!  Our library greatly appreciates all these books, and man do we need them!  Our hold lists are out the whazoo!

And, I have an update courtesy of some inside sources (because you know, they never tell us parents anything) that all three books are back on the shelves in the school.  Slaughterhouse Five has even been put back on the reading list, as far as I know, and there will be a letter sent home with parents informing them of the book.  (of course this is just what I heard, but my sources are pretty reliable)

And a huge THANK YOU to all of you who spoke up about this issue!  It looks like (for now) the books are safe.

13 comments:

Deva Fagan said...

Yaaaaay!

Gena Flores said...

Actually read this book after you wrote about it and then sent it out to my niece in Nebraska. Thanks for bringing it to our attention :)
Gena

Colene Murphy said...

That is so COOL!!!

Jess said...

Next up the picture book where one of the main characters is a donkey named......wait for it....Jackass :) Thanks mom for that!

j_minard said...

Great job! Your advocacy definitely had a place in these books staying in the schools!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Justice is served! That was really nice of her to send those books.

JEFritz said...

Wonderful! Not only did you get books, the first amendment is alive and well. Not to mention common sense.

Melissa said...

Awesome, awesome news!!!! This is super great.

erica and christy said...

Wonderful way to turn a sad news story on its end, upside down, and rightside up again! Congratulations!
erica

Abby Minard said...

Thanks guys- it's really exciting to be able to report that!

Jen Daiker said...

Amazing!!! Abby that is so cool! Laurie is really doing a good thing!!!

Becky said...

Justice prevails...thanks Abby!

Amanda Borenstadt said...

Super! :)