Books Under Fire Books under fire [videorecording] / Bennett Watts Bennett Productions ; producers and directors, Arnold Bennett and Grady Watts, Jr. Wilmette, Ill. : Films Inc., 1982. 1 videocassette (58 min.) : sd., col. Pivoting on the case of Sheck vs. the Woodland, Me., School Committee, in which several students and parents challenged the schools’ banning of Dr. Ronald Glasser’s book entitled 365 days, broadens into a national perspective on the increasing incidences of book censorship in U.S. public schools. Includes insights of noted journalist Nat Hentoff and focuses on the censorship efforts of Mel and Norma Gabler in Woodland, Me.
For Freedom’s Sake Is your library being challenged? Are customers questioning the video collection, Internet availability or children’s access to materials? What do you say? How do you defend your library? This video has the answers! For Freedom’s Sake explains the historical and philosophical significance of intellectual freedom and then allows viewers to respond to possible situations in a nonthreatening atmosphere. The second part of the video features vignettes to which staff members can react. After an intellectual freedom situation is depicted, viewers stop the video and react to the scene. Possible solutions are then presented. It is a helpful way to practice communication techniques before an encounter. 25 minutes Towson Library Video Network, vhs (18 min) SD, col.1996.
Little Sister’s vs. Big BrotherAerlyn Weissman covers the bookstore’s struggle over gay erotica and banned books which was one of the most notorious censorship battles in Canadian history as they took their struggle to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Set in the Cold War, this 1956 film features Bette Davis as a small town librarian who refuses to remove a book about Communism from the local public library’s collection.