Rather than an introduction this week, a number of groups working to fight book bans have suggested polling readers on a few different topics to gauge where and how Book Riot and others can be most helpful to you.
This survey is short, but it will be extremely useful for all of us. It asks what and how we can provide the information, tools and resources you need to get out there or keep your energy and activism alive.
The form will close on August 1 and all responses are anonymous. Ask – there are no stupid or obvious questions or comments when it comes to this fight.
Book Censorship Update: July 22, 2022
- Loyalty Books, a DC bookstore, Experienced Protesters at Their Drag Storytime.
- The parents organized a “teaching” to challenge the board’s decision to reject the use of a book about the internment of Japanese Americans in Muskego-Norway (WI) schools.
- ‘Two copies of a book that a Lafayette Public Library [LA] the client wanted to ban were removed anyway, one as part of a routine rejection process, the other for unknown reasons, the library director said on Friday. Unknown reasons? Sure.
- In Livingston Parish (LA), several books have been reviewed at the board meeting. More details about the meeting here.
- Independence, Missouri, schools banned a book about cats fighting robots because of a non-binary character in the story. Read this sentence several times.
- More than 200 people showed up at the Ashland (OH) public library board meeting to complain about health books they deem to be pornographic. It was led by a Baptist pastor who led prayer circles. No one has filed a formal complaint, however.
- A neighborhood association in Los Angeles, California wanted to restrict access to the graphic novel The best we can do children from the LA Public Library. The group considered it “obscene”, but because the letter was not voted on by the association itself, it did not go to the library. It’s… a weird story.
- “More than two dozen parents spoke to the Boone County Schools Board of Education Thursday night on a subject that was not on the agenda – books related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) themes. It’s in Kentucky.
- In Forest, Virginia, the public library heard complaints about their Pride display and although they didn’t remove it, they moved it to a “less visible” area. It’s the opposite of Pride.
- All that nonsense and the deliberately hard-to-follow new collection development policy at Roanoake County (VA) schools on a challenge and the prohibition of When Aiden became a brother.
- Bedford County (VA) Public Schools will launch a new system this fall where each book borrowed by students will trigger a notice to their parents. All. Book. This is opt-out, not opt-in. Not only will this cause incredible damage to children who need to borrow books on sensitive topics, but it will lead them to false information that they can find online. This comes after Follett said their library management system won’t implement this; neighborhood libraries use Follett.
- “After a Boundary County Library Board meeting was canceled ‘in the interest of public safety,’ community members descended on the library on Monday to show their support through messages of encouragement and gratitude on nearby sidewalks.” It’s in Idahowhere one of their legislators encourages harassment.
- The Miami-Dade (FL) school board has rejected a sex ed textbook because of the new ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law, which means the school district will not have a sex ed program for an indefinite period.
Finally, a thread I shared on Twitter this week about one of the censorship leaders and his latest plan to target educators. It’s hard reading, but it’s necessary and a reminder that these hard reads are meant to help you formulate a plan to stay safe, because people like that don’t care about you. They care about their schedule.
- How to Deal with Misinformation and Book Challenges: Book Censorship News, July 15, 2022
- Protect yourself now: Book censorship news, July 8, 2022
- How to have a direct impact on democracy: news on book censorship, July 1, 2022
- Librarian Vandalizes 2 Public Libraries, Spray Painting “Groomers”: Book Censorship News, June 24, 2022
- “Once the books start rolling off the shelves, we’ll see you in court.”: Book Censorship News, June 17, 2022
- How Moms For Liberty’s book rating system is entering schools: Book Censorship News, June 10, 2022
- The Misinformation Age: Book Censorship News, June 3, 2022
- Business As Usual: Book Censorship News, May 27, 2022
- You Must Talk About Sex Parts In Banned Books: Book Censorship News, May 20, 2022