it is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.

Posts tagged ‘censorship’

secrecy, censorship, dishonesty, and blocking of communication threaten all the basic needs – ahm

MASLOW modern hierarchycontemporary model of self-actualization

listen to a 1966 recording of Abraham Maslow on Self-Actualization here



a queer library alliance for young people: using books with LGBTQ content

On June 6, my friend and colleague Thaddeus Andracki and I spoke about queer issues and materials—especially in libraries and especially relating to local issues in Hawai‘i at the Children’s Literature Hawai‘i Seventeenth Biennial Conference at Chaminade University in Honolulu.

Here’s the abstract describing the three areas we discussed:

We review options for selecting materials with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (GLBTQ) content to support personal and community goals. We look at challenges to providing access to queer materials. Finally, we consider possibilities to develop collections and programming with GLBTQ content aligned with emerging needs of children and young adults. Presenters will offer ideas and incorporate examples to encourage participants to share knowledge and engage in open discussion throughout the session.

We were very pleased with participant engagement. More details including slides are available at Tad’s blog.

rae and tad sharing some favorite reads at children’s literature hawai’i conference 2014

i find the term ‘perfect child’ to be an oxymoron



Dear Barbara Park,

Thank you  for sharing your talents via children’s literature. Thank you for entertaining and encouraging millions of readers. Thank you for helping us better understand stupid stuff.


Junie B., First Grader et al.