Florida Governor Claims Book Ban Hoax, South Carolina Public Library Considers Removing 24 Books | Censorship News

Governor Ron DeSantis accuses critics of creating a false narrative around school book removal in Florida; parents want books pulled in Maine; and news from South Carolina, Tennessee, and Iowa.

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

"Hoax": Gov. Ron DeSantis Defends Book Ban | WPBF 25
The Florida governor said critics have created a "false narrative" about the review and removal of books in Florida schools.

A Debate about Reading Material and First Amendment Rights is Brewing in Windham | WMTW Maine
Parents want two books pulled from the middle school library.

Bill to Clarify Tennessee School Library Law Would Exempt Classroom Book Collections From Scrutiny | Chattanooga Times Free Press
The legislation would keep classroom teachers from having to catalog their books to be reviewed for “age appropriateness,” as school libraries were the intended target.

Iowa Republicans Advance Bills Restricting School Library Material | Sioux City Journal
The state's teacher librarians would have to create a library program that contains “only age-appropriate materials” and bars any items that include descriptions of or visuals of sex acts (as defined by state law), according to the legislation.

Greenville (SC) County Library Considers Banning 24 Books, Faces LGBTQ+ Censorship Allegations | Greenville News
The library board is considering the permanent removal of the titles, many of which are picture books and parenting titles.

Bookmobiles Have a New Mission: Delivering Banned Books | WBUR
Bookmobiles in Florida and Texas are trying to combat the states’ book bans.

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