July – September 1
“Censorship in Schools and Libraries”
This exhibit was produced by the Long Island Coalition Against Censorship.
The Long Island Coalition Against Censorship is an association of educational
and community organizations which have joined together to oppose censorship and to defend the rights of free speech and free press as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. The Coalition operates as a standing group available for action in situations where First Amendment freedoms are threatened. It also conducts an annual program focusing on a current censorship problem.
A Guide to the Exhibit
In 1984, the New York Public Library presented an exhibit on censorship and libraries. The executive committee of the Coalition felt that some of the materials could be adapted and combined with new ideas to present a traveling exhibit for the public libraries, schools and colleges in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. With this in mind, we received permission from the New York Public Library to use information from their exhibit in developing one of our own. The exhibit presents incidents of censorship which have occurred throughout the United States.
In 1987, the two sets of the mounted exhibit began to circulate on Long Island. Copies of an expanded edition were made available to the public, school and college libraries throughout the country in 1991, 1995, and 2000. The new edition (2006-2007) had been developed to add significant censorship incidents and patterns.
LOCATION: 2nd floor gallery
Curator: Bryan Miyagishima