planning a september project event for teens? consider using kids, know your rights! a young person’s guide to intellectual freedom, a four-page electronic publication that can be downloaded for free.
using kid-friendly language, the brochure is divided into six sections: 1) a brief introduction to the history and importance of intellectual freedom in the US; 2) challenges to the first amendment (especially in libraries); 3) defending intellectual freedoms (including an excellent set of suggestions for young people interested in fighting censorship); 4) issues of privacy and confidentiality; 5) respecting, listening to, and learning from the opinions of others; and 6) an annotated reading list of seventeen fiction and non-fiction titles for further exploration.
kids, know your rights! was written by members of the intellectual freedom committee of the association for library service to children (ALSC), a division of the american library association (ALA), and beautifully designed by amanda o’brien of skokie (IL) public library.