Banned Books, Critical Literacy, and the Power of Speech | Compendium

Books about race, racism, gender identity, and sexual orientation have been banned or challenged at high rates in Pennsylvania schools in the past year. How can we prepare future educators to become advocates for the freedom to read diverse books? And what role do local bookstores and libraries play in supporting students in these critical literacy issues?

Inspired by the panel’s recent pre-service teacher engagement experience, this discussion will engage audience members in an exploration of banned books, critical literacy, and the power of books to foster a sense of belonging.  This presentation is part of the Education for the Future webinar series in collaboration with the Penn State College of Education faculty and the PA School Study Council.

Panelists will include:

  • Teri Dodaro, Assistant Teaching Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Penn State Abington
  • Russell Hall, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
  • Katie Odhner, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Penn State Abington
  • Christina Riehman-Murphy, Open and Affordable Educational Resources Librarian, Penn State University Libraries
  • Moderator: Shivaani Selvaraj, Director, Penn State Center Philadelphia

Register to attend the webinar on February 15, 2023, from 12:00 P.M. -1:00 P.M.

Questions can be sent to Corri Hines, School Age Services Advisor, Bureau of Library Development, Office of Commonwealth Libraries.