Censorship News: Recent Reports in the Fight for Intellectual Freedom

A roundup of recent book challenge efforts and the news on the fight for intellectual freedom from Florida to California.

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Censorship efforts continue across the country. Here is a look at some recent stories about book challenges and the ongoing fight for intellectual freedom.

Banned Book Library Opens in St. Petersburg, FL, Following School Book Challenges, ABC News
Local businesses created a free library of books that are either banned or challenged in area schools.

Sheboygan, WI, High School Removed Three LGBTQ+ Memoirs from Library. Here's how people responded. Sheboygan Press
Maia Kobabe’s Gender Queer: A Memoir and Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic and Are You My Mother? were removed for illustrations that depicted sex acts.

Kutztown, PA, One Book, One School Literacy Program Halted After Outcry Over Book’s Focus on Climate Change, Reading Eagle
A school board member complained that Alan Gratz's Two Degrees was "fear-driven" and pushed a political agenda.

Roberto Clemente Book Removed from Florida Public Schools Pending Review Over Discrimination References, NBC News
A biography of the baseball great known for his philanthropic efforts was removed for review. 

Hundreds Pack League City, TX, Meeting as City Leaders Vote on New Panel to Review "Obscene" Books,  Houston Chronicle
The city council weighed creating a citizen-led panel to decide what public library books were "obscene."

Poway, CA, Unified Committee Votes To Keep Two LGBTQ-Themed Books in Libraries, San Diego Union-Tribune
Maia Kobabe’s Gender Queer: A Memoir and Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic will remain on the shelves.

Oklahoma School Library Book-Rating System Clears Committee, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs
Access to school library books would be limited to "age-appropriate material" if this bill passes.

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