Illustrations Altered in Florida; ‘Gender Queer’ Returned to Shelves in Connecticut | Censorship News

District employees drew clothes on Maurice Sendak characters in one Florida district, while students, legislators, and library workers fight back against censorship in Virginia, Oregon, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Shorts and Shirts Added to Beloved Children's Books | CNN
A Florida district altered illustrations in books including No, David! by David Shannon and In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak.

Book Removed From a Connecticut Public Library to Return to Shelf | NBC Connecticut
Gender Queer is back on the shelves at the Goshen Public Library.

Book Ban Wars Expand in Deep-Red Texas County | Axios Austin
The goings-on in Llano County are a window into just how much issues of cultural friction, free speech, and parental control dominate rural Texas politics.

Oregon Senate Passes Anti-Book-Ban Bill Over Republican Objections | Oregon Capital Chronicle
The measure would prohibit banning books because the author or subjects are part of a protected class.

Virginia Beach School Board Passes Amendment to Ban 'Sexually Explicit Content' in Elementary School Libraries | WTKR
The amendment will also require middle and high schools to list these materials on the school website.

NYC is a ‘Citadel of Books’ in an Age of Censorship and Bans: Experts | WPIX 11
New York City may be leading the fight against book bans, but the reality of censorship is never too far away, library authorities warned at a City Council oversight hearing.

NJ Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Protect Librarians as Schools Push for Book Bans | News12 NJ
The “Freedom to Read Act” proposes that school boards establish requirements for materials in public school libraries and public libraries. The bill would protect librarians and specialists from being sued.

Controversy Over Books in School Libraries Hits Denton ISD Head-On, But Two Books Stay on Shelves | CBS News
In a 6-1 vote, the Denton (TX) Independent District School voted to keep two books—Jacob's New Dress and Jacob's Room to Choose—in the library at Newton Rayzor Elementary. 

Petition Aims to Counter Local Group's Alleged Attempt to Ban Certain Books from Nevada District | NBC4
More than 1,500 people signed a petition against potential book censorship in Washoe County (NV) libraries. On the list of books that have been challenged at the Washoe County Library are This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, and All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson.

Virginia Students Fight Book Ban | VPM
High school seniors from Hanover County, VA, are spearheading efforts to get around the book ban imposed by the county’s school board. They’ve created what one of them calls “underground libraries.”

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