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Hello all,

    My undergraduate degree is in Elementary Ed N-6, and my Masters (come
December) will be completed in Library Science.  I am currently working in a
school as their LMS.

    As both an educator AND a librarian, I have a difficult time when
teachers either tell me or tell their students what they can/cannot read.
I've had a few teachers tell me to be more restrictive in what they take out
(they have to be able to read it all on their own), certain series' are "too
hard" (second graders aren't allowed to take out Goosebumps as per their
teacher- "too hard").

    I remember as a child being restricted by a librarian in our public
library-- and when I told my mom, she marched over and told the librarian
that she was not to limit my reading.  I remember how that felt, being told I
couldn't have something that I was interested in.  Now as an adult, how can I
do that to my students?

    Have any of you encountered this, and what have you said/done?  I'm on
the agenda for our faculty meeting this Friday to talk about other things,
and am considering making mention of my feelings on this issue then as well.

Emily Smith, librarian
St. Anne's School, New York

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